LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Andrew Breitbart, the controversial conservative Internet publisher, died on March 1 in Los Angeles, after collapsing near his Brentwood home. He was 43.
Breitbart played a lead role in exposing several infamous scandals. It was his website BigGovernment.com that carried the risqué Twitter photos of former New York Representative Anthony Wiener, which led to the Democratic lawmaker’s resignation.
The adopted son of Jewish parents — his mother converted to Judaism when she married his father — Breitbart was an Israel advocate who was quoted as saying that he “adored and loved” the Israeli people, calling them an “inherently decent and free people.” Of the ongoing issues separating Israel and the Palestinians, he said, “You cannot be objective when it comes to right and wrong. And Israel is in the right.”
At the time of his death, it was reported that Breitbart had been planning to launch a BigJerusalem website focused on Israel.
“Andrew was always a proud Jew,” Joel Pollak, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart.com wrote in an email to the Forward newspaper.
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