Breitbart News has trumpeted the selection of editor Joel Pollack in the annual Forward 50 of influential Jewish Americans.
Pollak, whom the right-wing site grandiosely describes as “Senior Editor at Large and In-house Counsel,” was included in the prestigious list for being “one of the most influential Jewish conservatives in the country.”
Pollak, 40, writes regularly for the website — feeding the right-wing appetite for stories critical of Muslims, liberals and Black Lives Matter, and defending Breitbart colleagues Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka from charges of anti-Semitism. He also wrote the recent book “How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution.”
Pollak came out repeatedly to defend President Trump. Pollak applauded the president’s condemnation of “many sides” amid clashes at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. “The critics are guilty of a double standard, and of exploiting the violence for political gain, widening America’s divisions at a time when national unity is the only proper course,” he wrote.
Pollak was born in South Africa to a Jewish family that immigrated to the United States, and is married to the daughter of anti-apartheid activists.
Dave Goldiner is the Forward’s director of digital media. Dave is a veteran journalist who has spent two decades working at newspapers in the United States and Africa. A native New Yorker, Goldiner wrote for the New York Daily News, where he covered some of the biggest stories of our time, including the attacks of September 11, along with thousands of stories of hope and heartbreak. He also studied and worked in Southern Africa and has written for publications in South Africa and Zimbabwe. He holds masters degrees in journalism and public administration from Columbia University. Dave can be reached at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter @davegoldiner
Breitbart Trumpets Joel Pollak Pick In Forward 50