Last week, Donald Trump reminded everybody at Breitbart who’s boss. Now Breitbart employees are showing us how much they enjoy working for him.
Michelle Fields is gone. Ben Shapiro is gone. Breitbart is in turmoil. And it’s all because of Donald Trump.
At 12 AM Monday morning, Michelle Fields, the Breitbart reporter who has accused Donald Trump’s campaign manager of assault, and filed police charges regarding the incident, resigned her position at the site. Her resignation was submitted aside the resignation of Breitbart Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro, who has been a full-throated defender of Fields.
Here’s Shapiro’s statement to BuzzFeed:
“Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed,” Shapiro wrote. “Indeed, Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy. In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out Andrew’s mission in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter, Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”
Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro are both on TV a lot, and neither one is afraid to tell you what they think. This is big.
Fields and Shapiro join Breitbart PR flack Kurt Bardella, who resigned last week. And Breitbart reporter Patrick Howley has been suspended for publicly questioning Fields’ account of the incident on Twitter. Which is weird, because Breitbart editor Joel Pollak then posted a piece on the site that tried and failed to debunk Fields’ account. Pollak also informed Breitbart staffers to stop defending Fields publicly.
So that’s four high-profile Breitbart employees who were working there one short week ago. Now three of them aren’t, and one is TBA. All because a staffer for a presidential candidate assaulted a reporter at a public event, and she dared to say something about it.
I don’t know about you, but that seems really weird to me. It’s bad enough that Corey Lewandowski grabbed Fields hard enough to leave bruises, and then smeared her reputation when she spoke out about it. But then her own employer stabbed her in the back by questioning her account.
Why would you want to work for an employer who doesn’t care about your physical well-being or your professional reputation? What other news outlet would hang one of their own people out to dry, just to protect a presidential candidate? Who does something like this?
The bosses at Breitbart, that’s who.
We’ve got eight long months to go until the election. If things are this bad at Breitbart now… Who’ll be the next one out the door?
Update: With each passing hour, I get a better idea why Dana Loesch quit that place years ago. Hadas Gold, Politico:
Early Monday morning Breitbart posted, and then deleted, a piece mocking Ben Shapiro, the site’s editor-at-large who resigned on Sunday evening.
“Former Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro announced Sunday evening via left-wing Buzzfeed that he is abandoning Andrew Breitbart’s lifelong best friend, widow, hand-picked management team and friends in pursuit of an elusive contributorship at the Fox News Channel,” the story begins.
It was quickly taken down.
Breitbart deleted its insane piece mocking Ben Shapiro & Michelle Fields for resigning. Here's the archive: https://t.co/Wud9JG1Z5e
— Peter Sterne (@petersterne) March 14, 2016
— #CruzCrew (@BenHowe) March 14, 2016
Orig @benshapiro Breitbart piece 1) put face in Yellow Star, labelling him Orthodox Jew 2) called him traitor 3)doxxed w/link to CA Bar info
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) March 14, 2016
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) March 14, 2016
Holy crap. The pulled Breitbart piece attacking Shapiro outed a pseudonym his father used to avoid death threats. https://t.co/pwqeVjQjic
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 14, 2016
And guess who wrote it?
Here’s Breitbart stmt on that piece that was pulled, just came in: pic.twitter.com/ZIzbnGvy6a
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 14, 2016
With friends like that…
Update: And the missing wagon returns to the circle.
I am pleased to announce that I have gotten my job back at Breitbart starting today. Thank you for all of your support. It means a lot. #WAR
— Patrick Howley (@PatrickHowleyDC) March 14, 2016
Update: And two more head for the hills.
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) March 14, 2016