Ben Shapiro, a former editor of the right-wing web site Breitbart, said he resigned from the site yesterday because of the way they responded to an alleged assault on one of their reporters by Donald Trump’s campaign manager — and that he “would not be surprised” if an agreement existed between the site and the campaign to provide positive coverage.
“I had objected to the fact that we are a Trump cheerleader for awhile, but the problem is not a site setting its editorial policy in favor of a candidate … that happens, that’s any outlet’s prerogative. What is not their prerogative is when they begin to cover up the truth and attack their own reporters in defense of that candidate,” Shapiro said on Boston Herald Radio today. “That is just unconscionable.”
Ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, who said that she was grabbed by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as she attempted to question the Republican frontrunner last Tuesday in Florida, also resigned yesterday, along with editor Jarrett Stepman, national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel and Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella.
Fields posted pictures of her arm showing a bruise and filed a police report last week. Police in Jupiter, Fla., said their investigation of the incident is ongoing. Lewandowski has denied the allegation.
After initially publishing Fields’ account, Breitbart posted a story casting doubt on its own reporter, saying the “likeliest explanation” is that Fields was grabbed by a security officer, not Lewandowski.