Friday February 21, 2020

Breitbart’s Irish disciples

More than a decade ago, Donegal-born Ann McElhinney and Tyrone native Phelim McAleer had a chance meeting with the American alt-right mogul and activist Andrew Breitbart in Washington DC. Since then, they’ve built a burgeoning and lucrative empire of conservative agit-prop that feeds the growing appetite for right-wing invective in the US. Barry J Whyte and Marion McKeone report

17th February, 2019
Phelim McAleer: the Tyrone native has been described as a Michael Moore for American conservatives PIc: Peter Duke

Phelim McAleer offers up a story about how he and his wife and business partner, Ann McElhinney, came to live in Los Angeles, raising money from the conservative heartland, and making movies and books that attack the sacred cows of the US liberal establishment.

It was late 2006 or early 2007 – he’s not sure of the exact date – and he and Ann McElhinney were in Washington DC. McElhinney was giving a speech about...

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