“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” Fields said in a statement sent 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.” [BuzzFeed]
REPUTATIONS and resignations have collided in the event that left Michelle Fields standing alone with no one from Breitbart willing to come to her defense after allegations she was man-handled by Donald Trump‘s campaign manager Cory Lewandowski. Both Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro have now resigned, with reports of others on the way.
The spokesman for Breitbart, Kurt Bardella, resigned last week as the coverage of Fields’s alleged assault was escalating.
Mr. Lewandowski maintains that he did not yank Michelle Fields’ arm during a Trump event.
— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) March 11, 2016
Background from Rosie Gray of BuzzFeed
Breitbart has been riven by internal strife in recent days after Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, allegedly grabbed Fields and yanked her away from Trump as she was attempting to ask him a question after a press conference in Florida. The Trump campaign denied the incident, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
Breitbart published a story casting doubt on Fields’ account, appearing to side with the Trump campaign over their own reporter. Joel Pollak, a senior editor-at-large at the organization, ordered staffers to stop defending Fields. One source with knowledge of the situation said some staffers who publicly defended Fields had been threatened with firing.
Donald Trump has received almost fawning coverage from Breitbart, his online bitch, basically.
BuzzFeed reports that it’s a mad rush inside Breitbart to get out, with some editorial staffers unable to wiggle out of their tight contracts.