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Mar 14 2016

Ben Shapiro, Michelle Fields Resign From Breitbart News in Disgust

It didn’t take a crystal ball to predict that Michelle Fields would not be working for Breitbart News for long. It was equally obvious that a principled conservative like Ben Shapiro wouldn’t last there either, given what the site has degenerated into since it rejected Andrew Breitbart’s legacy and devoted itself to assisting Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Here’s why both have resigned:

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.

Fields’ question probably enraged Lewandowski because it drew attention to Trump’s support for Affirmative Action, which gives the lie to Trump’s delusion-based reputation among his most energetic supporters as a champion of the white race.

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. …

The exodus, which began with the company’s spokesman Kurt Bardella, is unlikely to end with Fields and Shapiro. Three sources say multiple staffers are searching for a way out of the company — with several actively circulating résumés, according to two sources — and more resignations could follow in the coming days and weeks. The company is known for having editorial employees sign unusually strict contracts, at least some of which include non-compete clauses that could make it difficult to leave Breitbart for another news outlet.

The chaos at Breitbart is a microcosm of what Trump’s catastrophic candidacy is doing to the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

From Shapiro’s resignation statement:

As a close personal friend and mentee of Andrew Breitbart’s, it saddens me tremendously to announce that as of 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, I have resigned from Breitbart News as editor-at-large. …

Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies. But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. 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. I spoke with Michelle the night after the incident. She told me her story. That story was backed by audiotape, eyewitness testimony from The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, physical bruises, and video tape.

Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion. Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issue. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.

This is disgusting. Andrew never would have stood for it.

Andrew Breitbart saw through Trump and effectively endorsed Ted Cruz, as Breitbart News admitted back before it climbed aboard the Trump Train:

Conservative icon Andrew Breitbart was a huge fan of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Just weeks before he met his untimely death in March 2012, Breitbart “told close friends and associates that Cruz represented conservatism’s future,” as reported at Breitbart News.

Of front-runner Donald Trump, Breitbart said “of course” Trump is “not a conservative” and stated that unless conservatives “learn how to play the media,” America will end up voting for “a celebrity candidate.”

Here is why Andrew Breitbart supported Cruz, per the Breitbart News that no longer exists:

“It was because Breitbart saw in Cruz, first and foremost, a fighter who was fierce, principled, uncompromising, and relentless. These were the characteristics Breitbart first looked for and those who were a part of the ‘Army of Davids’ had in spades.”

Conversely, Andrew Breitbart warned “that a potential Donald Trump candidacy is a bad sign for America.”

That was putting it mildly. If Trump’s ego-driven campaign cripples the Republican Party by turning it against itself and by rendering it toxic in the public mind, there will be no effective resistance to the radicalized Democrats under Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Andrew Breitbart tried to warn us.

On tips from Varla, Stormfax, Wilberforce, and Torcer.

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  • Chance Boudreaux

    Have you seen the new video angle of the Fields incident? Shapiro white-knighted for a Drama Queen ( I used to like her).

  • Torcer

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  • GhostRider2001

    Which drama queen? Trump or Fields?

    There are clearly a lot of issues simmering below the surface at Breitbart over their blatant advocacy of Trump.

  • Wilberforce

    “…there will be no effective resistance to the radicalized Democrats under Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.”

    The entire point of his candidacy.

  • Chance Boudreaux

    Fields was not nearly “thrown-down” and she has a book coming out soon… surprise surprise.

  • Torcer

    So where is this ‘new video angle of the Fields incident?’

  • FrozenPatriot


  • William McDougald

    It’s somewhat strange that supposedly said this much about Trump to you exclusively Ben. I’m sure you have witnesses, correct? I wish Andrew would have told his readers also, but I can understand why he would tell you, because you are such an important figure Mr. Shapiro. He also stressed Cruz to you? He didn’t mention ANY other names huh? No wonder you Andrew got along so great Benny, you have always hated Trump and support Cruz. Now we know, thanks to you, that Breitbart felt exactly the same. Did Andrew say he would support the eventual Republican candidate? Did he ever say to you, respect the voters, don’t be arrogant to them by acting superior? Go campaign for Cruz or Hillary Ben. If Michelle had got pushed at a Cruz rally, would you support her. You will make a good little lap dog for Megyn Kelly, enjoy yourself.

  • anon

    ….she’s a liar:

  • Buffalobob

    Did she major in Journalism or women’s studies?

  • Lockstein13

    Many videos show Michelle Fields’ “story” to be that and nothing more.

    That Ben Shapiro chooses to go off the deep end on this indicates
    he’s going “full Glenn Beck” soon.

    Oh. And that 10-pointed insert photo being the “Star of David”?
    That claim is beyond the level of Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” nonsense.

  • Torcer

    And how many seconds is that little clip?

  • Lockstein13

    See above, posted by “anon”.

  • Eric

    Not to burst your bubble, but Fieldsgate seems to be a complete hoax. Fields was forced to resign because there’s more than enough evidence that this was an organized anti-Trump media hoax.

    Re: Ben Shapiro. It’s funny how he’s become so anti-Trump. Back in 2011, he wrote an article about Trump entitled “The Magic of Donald Trump” for Town Hall, in which he said “Is Donald Trump the best Republican candidate for president out there?
    It would be tough to argue otherwise. He’s got all the makings of a
    breakout star; he’s got bravado and the cash to back it up. If he really
    runs, he won’t have any trouble finding supporters. And as he puts it,
    he is the Obama administration’s “worst nightmare.” So far, who can
    argue with him?”

    It’s come out now that The Daily Wire, which Shapiro is also associated with, is funded by the billionaire Wilks Brothers. Why does this matter? Because The Wilks Brothers have donated millions to Cruz’s campaign. Shapiro is clearly all-in for Cruz due to this connection. This is the reason why Shapiro was forced to resign from Breitbart (since Breitbart obviously does not want journalists who are or may be viewed as compromised).

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  • Skip

    Shapiro would do well at Fox News, they could team him with Megyn Kelly…they both hate Donald Trump. The Fox News viewership is going downwards because of the debates they hosted. Kelly has gotten to be way too full of herself.

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  • Torcer

    That is the best the Trumpers can muster?

  • Eric

    You do know that Jabin Botsford, a WaPo cameraman who had the best angle to capture the Fieldsgate incident, (1) first lied by tweeting that he wasn’t at the event; (2) admitted that he was there after he was exposed as a liar; and (3) tweeted that he “didn’t here (sic) or see any assaults at that event.” He clearly was trying to hide evidence of the hoax and hoping that no one came asking him for photos.

    In this age of political correctness, you can’t question a woman’s account of an assault or demand evidence for the assault without being labelled a misogynist. Fields clearly realizes that as a member of the media, and used this to her advantage in order to promote her book. This just seems to be another example of a woman making a false assault claim against a man to further her interests, with the added “bonus” of simultaneously attempting to stump the Trump.

    Not to mention that Shapiro, who it is now known is a Cruz sycophant via his association with the Wilks Brothers through The Daily Wire, fired that Howley journalist who dared question the Fieldsgate narrative.

  • ramrodd

    All media has been corrupted..

    Rupert/Fox is and open borders, gun confiscating CFR member…

    the people refuse to see this………

  • Chance Boudreaux
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  • Torcer

    It’s always amazing the lengths some will go to avoid answering a basic question.

    It would appear from the video that the clip is around 3 -4 seconds long. And unless she was able to beam in to the room for that time period and then beam out, it proves nothing.

  • Dolan Tump

    What is your degree in?

  • Dolan Tump

    It doesn’t even look like the same room as the daily beast video.

  • 3MileLimit

    Compared to the amazing lengths people like yourself go to split hairs and close your eyes to FACTS, RIGHT HERE ON VIDEO. Moving her out of the way and “pulling her to the ground” are 8 million miles apart. This woman has a history of being a crybaby, and Ben is a tw@t.

  • 3MileLimit

    Yes, is does. She’s even wearing the same clothes.

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  • 3MileLimit

    What does that matter? Oh, that’s right; it doesn’t matter. It’s just long enough to prove you and that woman wrong.

  • Jodie

    That video shows Lewandowski’s arm going back, as if he IS holding on to Field’s arm – JUST LIKE SHE SAID. Then the video ends before you can see if she starts to go down and before you can see the expression change on her face.

    That hurts your case more than it helps it.

  • Torcer

    Do you understand that 3 – 4 seconds of video is hardly ironclad proof?

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  • Chance Boudreaux

    Drama Queen said she was nearly thrown down. Drama Queen was not thrown down.

  • Jodie

    You might be right, but it isn’t clear from that video. I am not sure what the truth is at this point, but I do have concerns as to why that video shut off precisely when it did.

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