Conservative news website Breitbart lost two of their high-profile team members this weekend. Reporter Michelle Fields and editor Ben Shapiro confirmed their resignations in statements to Buzzfeed News over the website’s response to an alleged assault on Fields by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
The alleged assault took place at a rally Wednesday night. Fields says she was grabbed by the arm and pulled down. Washington Post reporter Ben Terris identified Lewandowski as the person who grabbed her. Fields says she did not see who grabbed her arm. (See bruises and video: click here)
Lewandowski has repeatedly denied the incident took place, and called Fields “totally delusional” in a tweet. For her part, Fields accused the Trump campaign of character assassination.
“[Thursday] they released a statement calling me a liar. They have basically done a character assassination on me,” Fields told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Friday. “They’re linking to blogs with conspiracies about me, and they’re not telling the truth.”
On Sunday, Fields wrote that she did not believe the site “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.”
“Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion,” Shapiro write in his statement to Buzzfeed. “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.”
Shapiro’s statement also slammed Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon, calling him “a bully [who] has sold out … in order to back another bully, Donald Trump; he has shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda.”
Fields and Shapiro are not the only employees to leave Breitbart. Last week Breitbart’s communications director left the company over the Fields incident — voicing concern about the website’s failure to protect Fields.
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