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Mediaite: Breitbart's Jedediah Bila Makes 'Top Nine Rising Stars' List for 2014

In the midst of the media’s seemingly complacent rinse and repeat cycle of news delivery, few individuals have risen to national and international acclaim for their ability to provide a fresh perspective and approach to what is put out there on a daily basis. Mediaite released their list of “Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News” in 2014 and Breitbart News contributor and FOX News pundit Jedediah Bila came up first in the rankings. 

Jedediah has been lauded for her non-abrasive approach in addressing political and social issues, which stands in stark contrast with what is oft presented in all-too-familiar shouting matches that have become seemingly commonplace in punditry. Fox News Channel clocked in at #1 for its 50th straight quarter and 150th consecutive month this past July. That, coupled with Jedediah’s ability to appeal to both the left and right sides of a discussion, places her in an opportune position.

Jedediah spoke with Breitbart News in an interview about this recent accolade: 

BREITBART NEWS: To what do you attribute your non-abrasive approach in addressing political and social issues? 

JEDEDIAH BILA: My approach to politics and punditry is the same as my approach to life. I’m really interested in good conversations, hearing what people have to say, and finding solutions. I don’t claim to have all the answers. I’m not afraid to say “I don’t know” when I don’t know. [And] I can’t stand rudeness, so I try not to be rude. I don’t like being shouted at, so I don’t shout at other people. Plus, if I’m shouting, I’m probably not listening too well, and that’s a problem. 

How can you fix what’s broken unless you listen to what other people have to say? You can’t. I don’t always do these things perfectly, but I try my best. I have strong opinions about things, and I’m certainly not afraid to share them, but I’m also not afraid to walk in someone else’s shoes and see where they’re coming from. Opening minds is a good thing, and it just might lead to some problem-solving.  

BREITBART NEWS: You seem to be able to appeal to both sides; both the left and the right. Is this a conscious decision on your part?  

JEDEDIAH BILA: As far as increased viewership from the left, I welcome everyone to the table to take a listen to what I have to say. I hope people from all over the political spectrum tune in. If you don’t like what I say, tell me why. I’m interested in that. Healthy debate built this country and I have no interest in shutting it down. I have a lot of experience with people who hold differing political views and I grew up in a politically diverse family.  

I don’t make a conscious decision to appeal to both sides, but I’ve spent my life surrounded by diversity of thought and I like it. As a result, I enter conversations genuinely interested in hearing other perspectives. I recently spoke at NYU and a liberal student revealed that he went into the room ready to laugh at me and came out thinking about what I’d said.  

BREITBART NEWS: Do you feel more media personalities should straddle that line?  

JEDEDIAH BILA: That’s my hope. I hope that those who may not be inclined to agree find themselves with open minds ready for discussion. I would never tell other media personalities what they should or shouldn’t be doing. Everyone has to decide what’s right for them, what their priorities are, and what their end goal is. I think you should be true to who you are, and that’s exactly what I’m doing. 

BREITBART NEWS: Where do you see yourself in the media world moving forward?  

JEDEDIAH BILA: I’m not even sure what I’m having for dinner tonight, to be perfectly honest. But let’s see…I like being in the host seat, so I think that’s where I’d like to be full-time. I can’t tell you exactly what that show will look like, but you can count on humor and edge being a part of it. 

There will be another book when the timing and topic feel right. Not just yet on that, though. I have a few ideas up my sleeve that I can’t share just yet, but I’m also a big believer in taking one day at a time. I’m working on appreciating today and am really grateful for this moment.  

Stay tuned for more from Jedediah in the coming days…

Follow Adelle Nazarian on Twitter @AdelleNaz.

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