Michelle Fields & Ben Shapiro Resign from Breitbart Over Handling of Trump Campaign manager’s Alleged assault on Fields
Yeah, Trump’s a unifier alright …
BuzzFeed is reporting that Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro are resigning from the company over the site’s handling of Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski’s, alleged assault on Fields.
Fields and Shapiro informed Breitbart News chair Steve Bannon of their decision Sunday night.
“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.”
In his own statement, Shapiro said the episode was emblematic of how he believes the site’s management had sold out the legacy of its founder and namesake, the late Andrew Breitbart.
“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.”
But as The Right Scoop opines, “And this is how Trump treats a news site that LOVES HIM!!! Imagine how it’ll go for the rest of us under emperor Trump.” Some other not so kind words from The American Spectator, Fields told Buzzfeed she could not remain with an organization that did not stand by her while Shapiro, who unlike other Breitbart colleagues has forcefully defended Fields, issued a statement condemning current Breitbart Chairman Steve Bannon for betraying the mission set out by the late Andrew Breitbart by turning the website into “Trump’s personal Pravda.”