Mr. Andrew Breitbart

Publisher
Breitbart.com and Breitbart.tv

Biography

Andrew Breitbart - Employment- Publisher, Breitbart.com, Breitbart.tv, BigGovernment.com. and BigHollywood.Breitbart.com, a blog on Hollywood and politics from the center-right perspective. Works- Co-Author, Hollywood, Interrupted; columnist, The Washington Times; primary architect, The Huffington Post. Personal- Lives in Los Angeles, California.




Remarks


I came here to talk to you about our culture and how I became an accidental culture warrior and why I think that Hollywood is the biggest issue in the world, even bigger than ACORN, believe it or not.

When I wrote the book with Mark Ebner in 2004 called "Hollywood, Interrupted," well, it was motivated by anger, because I live on the National Cemetery in Los Angeles, and I take very seriously that we are at war. And after 9/11, when the country was united and certain Democrats feigned, you know, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and God Bless America, and where the country appeared to be united; Hollywood was at the forefront of dividing this nation.

They did everything they could to not become part of the war effort, and it is eight years after the fact, and they claim that Iraq was when Hollywood turned.

No, they turned on day one. They would have nothing to do with a unified country, and I was angry, and I brought in this guy who would go into brothels, who would report the dirt on these people, what they represent.

And the opening -- the introduction to the book was an instant message conversation between me and my co-author in which I stated that I have grown up here in Los Angeles, and I have always felt like an outsider because I could never understand how Roman Polanski could be revered.

It just never made any sense to me. So it is interesting that we now find ourselves in 2009, five years later, where the introductory chapter of the book was trying to frame Hollywood as this nihilistic place that can't even justify its outrageous point of view, that this week Hollywood would offer to the world a Who's Who of the avant-garde and the professionally lauded to offer a petition to try and extricate Roman Polanski from his extradition and his legal burden.

We at Big Hollywood, a group blog that was created to become a place to represent the defense of the Hollywood conservative movement, a place to represent that there is another side, there is another point of view, immediately put up a counter-petition.

If you go through the Comment Section at this counter-petition, which got so popular that The Today Show had on John Nulte, the editor of it, and I believe started to move Hollywood away from its Whoopi Goldberg "Oh, it wasn't rape-rape defense." I think that for the first time ever, we are starting to see that we can take on Hollywood, that we can take on their outrageous ideas. We can take on their outrageous movies.

When they make a movie that is a fundamental attack on the concept of America, previously we didn't have the means to take them on, because they would launch the movie in Cannes or San Sebastian or at the Toronto Film Festival. They would get all these great little first-prize -- what do you call those -- ribbons, you know? And then they would come back to the United States saying this movie won the Palme d'Or. And then they would take it to New York and Los Angeles, and those people are so insecure that anything the Europeans say is great, next thing you know it wins an Academy Award, and this is how institutionalized nihilism comes to happen.

Well, we just never fought back in this room. No offense. I didn't either until I started to realize that culture is upstream from politics. It all flows this way, and we have invested everything in this room, in this movement, in the political process.

The people who have money, every four years at the last possible second, are told, "You need to give millions of dollars, because these four counties in Ohio are going to determine the election." I am saying, why didn't we invest 20 years ago in a movie studio in Hollywood, why didn't we invest in creating television shows, why didn't we create institutions that would reflect and affirm that which is good about America?

Again, I am an accidental culture warrior. I grew up thinking I was liberal, because that was what I grew up around. Many of the people in this room, who I now consider friends, I was taught by the culture were bad people. I know that not to be the case now. In fact, I believe that many in this room are at the forefront of what I think is a new-found revitalized movement that is going to take America back. I really do.

I believe that what has happened in the last year with the tea party movements, the health care town halls, ties into a group of people who have never thought that they could stand up to the hard Left in this country, the hard Left which walked in through the front doors of many of our churches and radically reformed them in their ideological image, that they walked through the front doors of the Boy Scouts and said, "No. This is how you run this organization," that they walked through the front door of academia and basically got rid of western civilization and have basically instituted cultural Marxism as what they are teaching your kids.

You send your kids off to college. They love you. You walk away with a Cornell mom T-shirt. You are walking away going this is great, and come Thanksgiving, your kid tells you that you are an imperialist and a racist and a homophobe. That is not worth $120,000.

And so I think that it has been a long time coming. Between what the Left did to academia, what the Left did to Hollywood, and what the Left did to the fourth estate, they feel that with having reclaimed the Congress and having finally gotten the Presidency back with a progressive President, knowing that they control all the organs of the culture, they felt, okay, bingo, let's go, we are going to start the full takeover process. And to watch the tea parties begin and to watch the dissenters patriotic crowd creates a "dissent is unpatriotic" line.

The hypocrisy could not have been greater, and it was at that moment that I realized that the sleeping giant may be awakening. And I can speak to something in Los Angeles that is simultaneously occurring, that I think is very akin to the tea party movements and the town hall meetings and what is happening at almost a psychic level regarding the current situation with ACORN right now.

There is an excitement in the country that the movement can be revitalized at a cultural level, and it will eventually affect the politics, but I will get into that later.

And that is, that there is an underground conservative movement that, four years ago, when "Hollywood, Interrupted" was written, it was just an angry attack at the status quo of Hollywood. Five years later, I have more friends who are conservative in that town, with brand names, writers, directors, graphic artists, comedians, singers, song writers, rock and rollers, punk rockers, believe it or not, who love this country, most of whom are cultural conservatives, and who have existed in the closet for the last 40 years, because the conservative movement was, for the most part, based in the Northeast and kind of poo-pooed the culture or just didn't think that there was a cultural right out there.

And these people started to congregate, and it is not something that is talked about publicly. And I looked on your Wikipedia page, and I realized this is a private and a very discreet organization.

So I want you to know that the fundamental message is that for all of you out there who think that the culture is lost and that there isn't a group of people or there isn't a game plan that can bring it back, you couldn't be more wrong. My cynicism for years is met with unbridled enthusiasm right now over what I see in a room about this big in Hollywood filled with people that will make your knees quiver, because these people care about this country, and they have the same exact sentiment that you see in the tea parties.

These are not elites. We call the people in Hollywood "elites," liberal elites. The people that I know who have Academy Awards take time out of their day not to go to their vacation house. These people take time out of the middle of their day to sit around in a room with tears in their eyes saying that they feel like they are cowards because they can't join the fight in an overt way, the way that you guys can through your philanthropy or through your leadership or being a front person on television or in the stuff that you write. Currently, the totalitarians -- and they don't like it when I use that term, but it is what they are -- the totalitarians on the Left and the totalitarians in Hollywood will destroy these people's careers if they stick their necks out, even the slightest.

I can speak to one person who is a representative of this group, who is at a stage in his life and a stage in his career where he is completely secure and understands that he wants to show that he can be an example to those people who are in the closet, that you can go out there and you can defend your value system even if it runs contrary to David Geffen's. And that is Jon Voight.

He is one of many with a brand name, with an Oscar, who realized that now is the time because, if you were in the room with these people, they feel that we could lose the America that we know in our lifetime, and that would be an unforgivable sin not to have waged a coherent battle against those that would try and do that harm to this country.

I know I was only given a limited amount of time. So I would like to go into the ACORN situation, because I know a lot of you want to hear about it. I think it ties into a new-found strategy and a new-found desire to go on the offense against these people, a new-found desire to do end runs around the cultural institutions of The New York Times and The Washington Post, NBC, CBS, and ABC, which for years we have deferred to and basically begged them to treat us fairly. And they never did, and we kept going back for seconds.

They kept disappointing us. They kept lying about us. They kept crafting a right-wing conspiracy narrative whenever we would expose truth. They wouldn't look at the truth.

So, when the ACORN thing came to me, like a gift from God, when James O'Keefe came to my basement and said, "I have this truth," I said "Hmm, interesting, James. But, if you were to go to ABC, CBS or NBC or The Washington Post or The New York Times and show them these series of videos, which show systemic abuse of the government, of government funds, and a very sophisticated understanding of how to create 501(c)(3)s in order to create prostitution rings on school grounds, or you could create that prostitution ring and you could run it as a school, well, they’d say thank you very much, Jim. That's interesting."

When The Washington Post was finally forced to come to me and ask about this, it was like did James get his money from Peter Thiele, did he go to the Leadership Institute?

Look, the NEA story was breaking simultaneously, and we positioned them right next to each other, and we decided not to play by the rules anymore. We decided to leak a little bit at a time and force them and dare them, to taunt them not to cover these stories, because the more that the under media created the pressure, it was going to force them to cover it. But we only gave them the information we wanted, because we wanted to set traps for them in both instances.

On the NEA front, we had the full conference call of The White House trying to launder in the artists from the campaign who, since May 15th, 16 of the 21 were given $2 million worth of NEA grants. They were trying to launder the campaign into the body politic and into United We Serve, into the NEA, in order to create art on behalf of Obama and his initiatives.

So we only exposed Josie Sargent, this low-level flunky from the NEA, and we wanted them to bite, and they did, and they reassigned him.

That is when, on day five -- we had five videos of ACORN. At that point, we thought that we had kind of exposed that there was a trend here of misbehavior and that it wasn't an anomaly, and, as everybody was waiting for the next video -- and there are more -- we dropped the full audio of the conference call, and you have Valerie Jarrett's right-hand person, Buffy Wicks, on the phone call directing this, and Nell Abernathy from United We Serve directing it. Whoops, sorry. Oh, well, you are in trouble.

The plan with ACORN was very similar. I knew that the mainstream media wouldn't believe it. So I put the plan, four days before we launched it, in my Washington Times column, and I said you ignored the Van Jones story until the AP news alert came out that said that this radical has just resigned.

Why did he resign if he was innocent? Why would you resign? The President should defend this guy. He is throwing so many people under the bus. Maybe he could actually defend one of his allies. But we used that as an example that the mainstream media is the problem, that these people are not biased. They are the Democratic Party. They are the far Left.

They are the most successful politicians in our country, because they are unchecked, and they hold us accountable to every law, every Judeo-Christian principle. They hold us accountable to our standards, but they don't have any standards themselves to be held to, and all you have to do is look at Saul Alinsky and realize that that is the plan.

They have been following Saul Alinsky's rules. Hold them accountable to the rule of law. Hold them accountable to their ideas.

But they don't,because they don't have a standard. Hey, it's whatever.

And so right when the video was unleashed, the entire strategy was, given that I had been with Drudge during the Lewinski thing, and I knew about it beforehand, and I watched him take these people on, I said, "Wow! That's a slam dunk, Drudge. They are screwed."

And then I watched how the mainstream media put Humpty Dumpty back together again. I said, "How can this be? How can this be? This doesn't make any sense."

While he lied, they bought time and figured out, through internal polling, how to resurrect him and his Presidency by turning Linda Tripp into an ugly person. I don't know how they could do that. I don't understand how the media could go after a woman who was a whistleblower, but they can, and they will.

I realized these people are -- hmm, evil. They are evil. They are.

And so I knew that when James and Hannah came to me, 25 and 20 years old, who if you were to hire a private investigator, you would find out the worst thing is that Hannah lives in Miami and goes to the beach and wears a bathing suit, that is the worst thing you can find about her.

I said this is a godsend. These are the most wonderful people I have ever found in my entire life, and they have done something that you and I would not have preordained because we are too conservative.

I said, "Wow! This is unbelievable." But I realized that these people were going to be in peril on day one, because the mainstream media was going to figure out a way to destroy them, and that is why we developed a strategy to do it one at a time, because we suspected that they would lie.

The first day, with Baltimore, they said this is an anomaly, this is the only one, and this is sham journalism. The next day, we dropped the Washington one and proved that they were lying. That day, they said this is a $100-million Fox News exposé, and that they tried this in dozens and dozens other offices and were rejected, including New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles.

So we had all weekend to call the New York Post and give them the salacious photos that would be perfect for the front page and showed them the video, and, for two days, starting Monday and Tuesday, the front page of the New York Post was "New York Was Hit Too."

So they were no longer going to Scott McClelland, the ACORN spokesperson. They were going into full O.J. mode, and that was that they knew that they had no truth behind them. They were going to use the race card, the most offensive card out there, and it seems to be the only one they know how to use these days when they have truth put in their face.

So Bertha Lewis is now being used by the Rathke brothers, because it is not about the truth. It's the symbol that conservatives are going after an African-American woman. At what point do good liberals stand up and say enough is enough? I don't know. I am waiting, but they continue to trot her out.

Wolf Blitzer doing Jonathan Klein's bidding has turned his network into a place where they will talk about ACORN, but they won't show you the videos, and it is about trying to attack the messenger, and it's about putting Bertha Lewis out there.

Every single day, Bertha Lewis has not lied. She is offered the largest lies, $100 million, Fox News. Then why didn't you sue Fox News? Why did you go after James, Hannah, and me if Fox News was behind this? And when there is a week's worth of lies coming from ACORN, at what point does the mainstream media say, huh, maybe there is a story here?

Why would Al Franken of all people vote to de-fund ACORN unless he saw that the writing was on the wall that this was a corrupt institution?

What does one have to do to trigger ABC, NBC, and CBS to do an actual investigation into ACORN as opposed to trying to figure out whether or not James went to the Leadership Institute in 2005?

So, we have declared war against the mainstream media in this process. But we are also at war with Hollywood. I think that this, what has happened over the last few weeks, knowing that behind the scenes we have this underground conservative movement and we have the tea party movement, a lot of people want to start speaking out against these types of wrongs. That you have David Letterman coming out there and acting like an absolute idiot on television, looking for giggles while he announces that he has been having sex with everybody on his staff and trying to turn himself into the victim, and we have got Roman Polanski bringing in the heavyweights of all of Hollywood trying to defend the indefensible, and we have got the ACORN stuff where the Democratic Party is doing everything it can to say that this is a group that helps people when it so obviously doesn't.

And I think that we are in an ascendant phase right now, and we realize it's the 21st century, not the 20th century, and that there are some unorthodox tactics and means by which we can now start taking these people on, and, by all means, please, please, please start changing your tactics. Okay?

We have just shown you that you don't have to play by their rules anymore. I believe that the last three weeks has been a transitional phase in the American media. You are never going to see The New York Times saying we lost above the fold, but I think that within the last three weeks, I believe that the power of the fourth estate has been transferred to the people of the United States and that we have the means to take these people on.

And we should not squander this opportunity to recognize that whether it be the mainstream media, whether it be Hollywood or academia, now is the time for us to start that war against the cultural institutions of the Left. They are incredibly vulnerable right now.

Thank you very much.

MODERATOR: I know we are running over, but I suspect we will take two questions, two quick questions for Mr. Breitbart. Go ahead.

ATTENDEE: Great talk.

I think pretty much all of us in the room would agree that a large part of the problem is that liberals control all the wealth, all the elite institutions.

I mean certainly the means of communication, whether it be academia or the newspapers or the media, and even the Federal judiciary, you have the elite imposing its social values on the rest of society through interpreting the Constitution.

If I hear you correctly, you are talking about going around these elite establishments.

MR. BREITBART: Yeah, and dropping bombs.

ATTENDEE: Can we be fully successful just going around, or, at some point, do we have to find a way to diversify these institutions?

MR. BREITBART: Well, everybody has ACORN on their mind, and an amazing, amazing thing happened, if you want proof that the fourth estate is now in the hands of the people. The Rasmussen poll this week came out and said government ethics and corruption "tied with the economy," and I would imagine that with the 9.8 percent unemployment rate, the economy would be of paramount concern to the American people.

Now, how could that be the case if ABC, CBS, and NBC and The New York Times and The Washington Post haven't covered this story, but the American people saw government corruption with their own eyes?

So it is actually working right now. We have the ability to not just effect change, and, if you want to talk about change and hope, what has happened with a reactive Congress is historical.

But what I am saying is, especially to this room and why I chose to come to this -- you know, I like to stay in Los Angeles in my shorts and my t-shirt. The reason why I came here is the same reason why I spoke to Congress about six months ago before I had ACORN or the NEA stuff. I said you guys need to invest your resources, not just into two-year, four-year, and six-year electro-game plans. You need to have a cultural game plan. You have to have a 20-year generational change, and I said we have Hollywood people that would love to help you; we need to figure out how to put these two together.

MODERATOR: A final quick question.

ATTENDEE: I want to congratulate you on the great service that you perform for our country. Truly outstanding.

MR. BREITBART: Thank you.

ATTENDEE: Of course, James O'Keefe was trained by the Leadership Institute. We recruited him as a student at Rutgers, helped him start his conservative newspaper, which was a fine one, the Rutgers Centurion.

We hired him to be coordinator for a year of our student publication schools, and during that time, he personally conducted 75 training programs for us.

You obviously have a jugular instinct in these matters. If we could recruit a reasonable number of principled, courageous, and competent people who were interested in devoting their lives to the sorts of things you want people to do, would you be willing to come and lecture to those people?

MR. BREITBART: That's all I do. I do it for free. I have been doing it for years. I have spoken at the Leadership Institute, Young America's Foundation, and College Republicans. I will go for free wherever the kids will listen to me. I hired a person from one of those things.

I have said that the youth is where this movement will begin, and they are the only ones who truly matter to me. I have to be honest with you.

I don't like speaking to people my age, because we are too conservative. We have families. We have 401(k)s, and we aren't willing to dress as pimps and prostitutes.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

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