After nearly three years of breaking major stories on topics ranging from the Pigford black farmers scandal to immigration reform to Occupy Wall Street, I resigned from Breitbart News last night.
Thanks to my friends and colleagues who supported me in my time at Breitbart.com and thanks to Steve Bannon and Larry Solov. I appreciate having had the chance to do great work and wish the site continued future success.
I came to Breitbart News after interviewing Andrew Breitbart. Even though I was liberal at the time and writing for the Huffington Post, Andrew and I struck up a friendship that quickly turned into a working relationship on the Pigford story that would be vindicated by a front page New York Times story that came out, tragically, about a year after we lost Andrew.
After Andrew left, of course, things were never the same. How could they be? But the site that still bears his name grew and did a lot of good work. I’m certainly proud of every piece I wrote there. Stephen K. Bannon’s film Occupy Unmasked, which is co-narrated by Andrew and me and features friends like Brandon Darby and Mandy Nagy, stands as a permanent record of some of the stories we broke.
When Andrew left, I also realized that the 18 months I’d known him had changed my political views. I went from liberal to conservative. Despite leaving Breitbart News, I hope to carry on the traditions of brave journalism and growing the big tent of conservatism by focusing on honest and effective messaging, art and culture.
Why did I quit? Circumstances led to a situation where I felt I couldn’t do my best work there. Honestly, it’s for reasons I believe Andrew would have approved of. Andrew and I shared a passion for covering big stories that the media overlooked and exposing the left; work that I plan to continue.
I didn’t leave for another job but I’m open to whatever new opportunities lie ahead, including my own projects. Leaping without a net is something I’ve done before and I expect this jump to be just as exhilarating.
The immediate next step is that I’m about to fly 8,000 miles across the globe to cover the biggest untold story in the world right now. In a few hours, I’m boarding a plane for the Middle East to report on the plight of the Syrian Christian refugees. I’ll certainly keep you up to day as the story progresses. My focus right now is to get to the Middle East and start the work of reporting; this is a project that was funded by people like you and any continued support at this time is appreciated.