In yet another stab at retrofitting online conservatism, Andrew Breitbart’s new website opens its doors hoping to compete with the Huffington Post.
Good luck with that one:
His strategy is to prod conservative Washington to start caring about Hollywood. Breitbart has already signed several big names, including House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), incoming Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Reps. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.), Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.), to post entries on the site. He has also landed former senator and GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson, MSNBC correspondent Tucker Carlson and a slew of other conservative thinkers from the National Review, The Weekly Standard and Commentary magazine to contribute.
Breitbart is also eager to include commentary from Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives who have stirred up controversy in the past. “I don’t consider them controversial,” he says.
“I desperately want to change the environment here,” says Breitbart, who lives with his wife and four children in Los Angeles’ Westwood neighborhood. “And I can see no other way than for the Washington establishment and the conservative establishment to avert their eyes from policy for just a moment and focus their attention on Hollywood.”
And to jolt liberal Hollywood, Breitbart says he has wooed conservative screenwriters, comedy writers, classical musicians and alternative singer-songwriters to contribute to the blog. Celebrities who risk being blacklisted if they come out as conservative can write under pseudonyms, Breitbart says.
“I want it to be such a mixed group of people that people’s minds will be blown,” he says. “They’ll go, ‘This is not your mother’s conservative moment.’ ”
Contributors will not get paid for posting on Big Hollywood, which will be funded through Breitbart.com’s advertising revenue, Breitbart said. He said contributors will take on a variety of topics.
If Boehner, for instance, sees a movie, “I’d like for him … to do a movie review,” Breitbart says.
Kind of a wingnut Cahiers du Cinema with Boehner doing a turn as François Truffaut.
That untapped goldmine — right-wing comedy — will no doubt put it right over the top.
I’m sure Arianna is quaking in her boots.