The Hill reports on the impending rollout of Andrew Breitbart’s new Big Hollywood blog next month. (Given Hollywood’s history — see, for example, Ronald Radosh’s Red Star Over Hollywood — it’s a little misleading to describe the blog as “red,” as the Hill’s headline does.)
Andrew’s goal with the blog is “to to bring the political right back into the pop-and-politics discussion.” The Hill reports:
“My primary goal is to diversify Hollywood,” says Breitbart, whose 2004 critique of liberal Tinseltown, Hollywood, Interrupted, made The New York Times best-seller list. “Those people [in Hollywood] who dissent are so summarily attacked and dismissed that they learn to just keep their mouths shut. And there’s nothing I like more than to have debate free and open in America.”
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.'”
I should add that I hope to contribute occasionally to the site along with the big guns Andrew has recruited. There is much more of interest in the linked article, giving us something to look forward to in the new year.
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