Yes, 2016 just got weirder. Sunday evening, two staff members from Breitbart.com, Editor-At-Large Ben Shapiro and reporter Michelle Fields, both announced their resignations from the news outlet. Via a BuzzFeed story.
Shapiro is known for being a long-time Breitbart operative, but Michelle Fields was less known until the last week when she accused Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, of pushing her to the floor at the conclusion of an event when she was trying to ask questions. Fields claims she was bruised in the incident and even filed a police report in Jupiter, Florida. Her statement is backed by a Washington Post reporter who did not have a clear view of the incident.
In what had to be an uncomfortable situation for Fields, another reporter at Breitbart published a story with still photographs that demonstrated Lewandowski was not near Fields at that specific rally. In the week since the accusation was made, video has surfaced that confirms the still shots. Whatever happened, Fields was not pushed to the ground by Lewandowski.
Despite this provable fact, Fields persists in her story and resigned over what she called lack of support from Breitbart’s staff.
“Today I informed the management of Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.”
In fact, the staff was instructed to cease talking about the incident despite other media outlets running with the original story, which has been proven false, but never outright rescinded by the mainstream media.
Meanwhile, Ben Shapiro, one of the old guard at Breitbart loyal to Andrew Breitbart’s memory and legacy, claims to have developed a disgust of what he calls selling out Breitbart’s mission.
“Breitbart News, under the chairmanship of Steve Bannon, has put a stake through the heart of Andrew’s legacy,” said Shapiro.
“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.”
Rather interesting since the current owner of Breitbart is backing Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination. Many of us out here on the fruited plain have been watching the national news organs taking sides, sometimes overtly, and Breitbart has not been as bad for or against any one candidate as some of the others. It is unfortunate that this incident has come to the resignation of two people, but when filing criminal charges it’s a good idea to have all the facts and be sure you are right. Otherwise, these resignations look more than a little fishy.