How an Orthodox journalist went from far-left activist to Breitbart editor
Joel Pollak, senior editor-at-large of the ‘alt-right platform,’ speaks about volunteering with ANTIFA’s predecessors, getting woke in South Africa, and his shift rightward
The course that landed Orthodox Jewish journalist Joel Pollak behind the senior editor’s desk at staunchly conservative Breitbart News was far from simple.
“When you are brought up to believe that Republicans and conservatives are motivated by racism and motivated by greed, to say you are one of those people was not easy,” says Pollak.
Breitbart, the outlet where Pollak reigns as senior editor-at-large, and its executive chairman, Stephen Bannon, have become associated with the radical right since remarks Bannon made during the 2016 United States presidential election campaign.
Then, Bannon, a co-founder alongside Andrew Breitbart of the news outlet, described himself as an “economic nationalist.” Bannon told Mother Jones in 2016 that Breitbart News was “the platform for the alt-right.” This has led to further accusations that Breitbart is a voice for white supremacists and anti-Semitic ideology.