Roger L. Simon

Breitbart Statement

My friend Andrew Breitbart – for many years the West Coast arm of The Drudge Report – has recently been inundated by questions from the media concerning a new website he is developing for Arianna Huffington. Because Andrew regards this as primarily a blogosphere (not MSM) matter, he has asked me to post the following statement for him. Here’s Andrew:

I’ve gotten a ton of e-mails asking me what I’m up to. Here it is:

The New York Times got it right — I am amicably leaving the Drudge Report after a long and close working relationship with Matt Drudge, a man who will rightfully take his place in the history books as an Internet news pioneer. I am also excited to be a partner in an inspired new endeavor, the Huffington Post. The last time I worked with Arianna she got a guy who didn’t deserve to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery disinterred. That was cool. I admit: I like to go where the action is.

As for my politics, I am, quite literally, an open book. ‘Hollywood, Interrupted’ spells it out perfectly. I am a raucous, opinionated, red meat eating libertarian-leaning conservative who refuses to be relegated to a conservative ghetto. I have lived on L.A.’s liberal Westside for all of my life. I went to the liberal Brentwood School. Most of my friends and extended family lean left and will all attest that at gatherings I gleefully disagree with them. Yet I still love them, and refuse to give up on getting them to see things my way. But the last election cycle gave me an ulcer. As a Dennis Miller/South Park kind of Republican, I am offended by both ‘Bush is Hitler’ rhetoric and fetus-in-a-jar political speech.

What the world needs more of is amicable — even jocular — disagreement. Bringing my former boss and longtime friend Arianna ‘s intriguing friends to the blogosphere, the ultimate level playing field, makes perfect sense to me, and I am thrilled to be committed to such a groundbreaking project. Will my pals on the right have a place to offer their two cents at the Huffington Post? Absolutely. Will I agree with everyone’s written word? Of course not. But that’s precisely the point. May the best ideas win.