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Michelle Fields (Ryan Stone/The New York Times)


Staff take sides over treatment of reporter “assaulted” by Trump campaign manager

March 15, 2016

Several staffers of conservative news website Breitbart have handed in their resignation over how their company treated reporter Michelle Fields after she was allegedly assaulted by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. Fields herself also resigned, telling Buzzfeed: “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.”

The alleged assault took place at a Florida campaign event on March 8, when Lewandowski reportedly “grabbed her arm and yanked her out of the way.” After the incident, the news outlet (which has been very positive in its coverage of Trump) asked its staffers, according to leaked documents published by Buzzfeed, to refrain from publicly supporting Fields, and questioned  her story, even trying to solicit conflicting accounts of how Fields had sustained the fingerprint-shaped bruises, a photo of which she had posted to Twitter.

One of the staffers who resigned was the website’s editor-at-large Ben Shapiro, who took aim at the chairman Steve Bannon, writing: “In my opinion, Steve Bannon is a bully, and has sold out [founder] Andrew [Breitbart]’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.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.