Breitbart News Network Announces Launch of Breitbart California

Breitbart News' Joel Pollak Tapped as Breitbart CA Editor and Flash Report Founder and Publisher Jon Fleischman Named Politics Editor 

LOS ANGELES, CA – Following the February launch of Breitbart London and Breitbart Texas, the Breitbart News Network announced today the latest in its ongoing multi-year national and international expansion with the launch of Breitbart California. Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak will become Editor of Breitbart California. Jon Fleischman, the founder and publisher of the 2013 National Blogger Association State Level Blogger of the Year, the Flash Report, will serve as Breitbart California’s Politics Editor.

“For years, California has been written off by conservatives as too far past the point of return, but the truth is every single day there are stories worth telling about the successes of the conservative movement in California and the failures of the left-wing establishment,” said Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon. “Breitbart California is about telling not just those stories but showcasing the impact and influence the Golden State has in our culture, technology, and economy. From the growing libertarian movement at the heart of Silicon Valley to a Republican win at City Hall in San Diego, there is a fundamental shift taking shape and Breitbart News will be here to chronicle it.” 

Some of California’s most prominent political and cultural voices are providing content for the Breitbart California launch, including:

  • House Republican WHIP and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)
  • Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove)
  • Former CAGOP Chairman and Lt. Governor candidate Ron Nehring
  • GOP Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari
  • Former State Legislator and Congressional Candidate Tony Strickland
  • Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy
  • Former Reagan Administration Economist Art Laffer
  • Pacific Research Institute Senior Business & Economics Fellow Wayne Winegarden
  • Longtime Conservative Talk Radio Host Roger Hedgecock
  • KPRL Conservative Talk Radio Host Dan Del Campo
  • Fox News Host Greg Gutfield
  • Former State Legislator Chuck DeVore
  • Actor Orson Bean

“Andrew Breitbart and I grew up in Los Angeles, and even as kids, were proud Angelinos and Californians,” said Breitbart News President and CEO Larry Solov. “The well-being of this state, not to mention the Dodgers, was always near and dear to our hearts. As adults, we would often lament to each other, ‘How do you screw up the greatest place on earth?’ We'll be examining that question and many others at Breitbart California, while never losing optimism that this state can still be a beacon and exemplar of freedom and prosperity. It’s with that optimism that we launch this new vertical from Los Angeles, where we founded Breitbart News.”

"Like Andrew and Larry, I spent most of my life in California,” said Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow. “Between the enormous industries that have their roots planted in the Golden State, the weather, and incredible geography, California should be the proverbial state 'on a hill.' It’s not, and there’s a lot more the media can do to hold the powers that be accountable.”

Breitbart California Editor Joel Pollak added, “California was once Reagan country, a place where a boy from rural Illinois could rise on the strength of his talent and hard work to become anything he imagined. Today it is a place of economic stagnation, growing inequality, and social dislocation. There are a few oases of success and prosperity, but the ideas to which their inhabitants cling, however well-intentioned, tend to exclude others from the same opportunities. In the midst of a literal and figurative drought, we want to cultivate new ideas and a new vision for how California can recover what it once was--and be even better, once again a hope for the nation instead of a drag.”

Breitbart California Politics Editor Jon Fleischman, who in 2012 was awarded the “Andrew Breitbart Blogger of the Year” award by the Right Online convention, said, “The launch of Breitbart California represents some much-needed reinforcements in the ongoing battle against the institutional left in California. I’m excited to be a part of it and to begin to change the narrative here in the Golden State. The arrival of Breitbart California means that the Democrat Media Complex will no longer have carte blanche in our nation’s largest state. This new site will change the narrative, exposing the institutional left and shining a spotlight on those things that portend a brighter future for our state.”

The Breitbart California team will include Jim Pinkerton and Abigail Fox covering the technology beat. Chris Street will be reporting on economics/finance while Kate O’Hare will report on “Catholicism in California” and Adelle Nazarian will serve as an Editorial Assistant. Breitbart California will also be collaborating with the Claremont Institute and Pacific Research Institute to provide in-depth coverage and analysis from leading voices on all major issues affecting Californians.


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