Breitbart.com was founded by Andrew Breitbart, the late conservative provocateur, in 2007 and continued to expand even after his death in 2012. Though rarely taken seriously by the Beltway press corps because of its partisan agenda and sensationalism, the site receives far more traffic than many of its competitors, including The New York Post, Daily Beast and The Atlantic websites, according to the web analytics service Alexa. It also receives more traffic than conservative sites like The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, National Review, The Weekly Standard and The Washington Examiner.
Breitbart News, the combative right-wing news and opinion network, will today announce “a fundamental restructuring” of its masthead that will leave the 27-year-old Alexander Marlow in charge of editorial operations, POLITICO has learned.
Editor-in-chief Joel Pollak, editor-at-large Ben Shapiro and editor Peter Schweizer will become “Senior Editors-At-Large,” meaning they will devote less time to running the editorial side and more time to writing.
“I am excited by the opportunity to focus on my writing passion, and I look forward to bringing Breitbart readers more original reporting, analysis and opinion from the frontiers of liberalism in California, and the “clash of civilizations” in the Middle East,” Pollak said in a statement.
Marlow, who served as founder Andrew Breitbart’s editorial assistant for four years, will take the reins as editor-in-chief. Wynton Hall, a former visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University (where Schwizer is a research fellow), will be named managing editor. Kurt Bardella, the former aide to Rep. Darrell Issa, will become senior communications adviser.
In a press release, Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, praised the “tremendous growth and success” of Breitbart.com and promised “more aggressive expansion plans for coverage in the future.”
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