Michelle Fields, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro resign over assault story; read scathing statement

Breitbart editor-at-large Ben Shapiro resigned on Sunday, along with reporter Michelle Fields, who is knee-deep in controversy after accusing Donald Trump’s campaign manager of assault last week.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, Fields said:

“Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation. 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.”

Footage from various angles of the event was released over the weekend, leading critics to say that Fields “cried wolf” about the incident, but nothing has been proven beyond a “he said, she said” scenario.

Shortly after the public accusation, Breitbart News came under fire for the way it handled the employee’s claim.

One spokesman for Breitbart had already resigned over the controversy. Appearing on CNN Friday, Kurt Bardella said he could no longer serve as spokesman for Breitbart as the website had “not adequately supported” its own reporter.

Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson and Fields both appeared on Megyn Kelly Friday to give both sides of the story.

Shapiro’s scathing 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. I met Andrew Breitbart when I was seventeen years old and remained his friend until his tragic death; I signed on with Breitbart News two weeks before Andrew’s death because I believed in his mission.

I am proud of what we accomplished in the years following his death, fighting back against the leftist media and debunking the left’s key narratives. I have many good friends at Breitbart News, including editor-in-chief Alex Marlow and editor-at-large John Nolte, and I admire CEO Larry Solov for his dedication to ensuring a financial future for Andrew’s widow, Susie, and his four children.

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. No news outlet would stand for it.

Nobody should.

This truly breaks my heart. But, as I am fond of saying, facts don’t care about your feelings, and the facts are undeniable: Breitbart News has become precisely the reverse of what Andrew would have wanted. Steve Bannon and those who follow his lead should be ashamed of themselves.


198 thoughts on “Michelle Fields, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro resign over assault story; read scathing statement

  1. CaMaven says:

    Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out, little Ben.

  2. Joy Daniels Brower says:

    I’m sorry about Ben Shapiro, ’cause he’s one of the best & the brightest. But I think he let the cat out of the bag when he dumped on Steve Bannon, Chairman (??) of Breitbart. Bannon has done some excellent work himself and was a big supporter of Sarah Palin when she was contemplating a political run in 2010 or 2012. Wonder if there’s any link there with Trump? But I think it may come down to a Shapiro vs. Bannon scenario, ’cause Shapiro has risen in the ranks and maybe they’re eyeing a fight for leadership within Breitbart. Too bad, but both, IMHO, will move on and survive. Breitbart will continue to be a force in online journalism as well.

  3. tedlv says:

    Poor baby, she needs her safe space now. Waaaaaa!

  4. knighttemplar01 says:

    It seems all the insider washington types are being called on to derail Trump, and the only question that should matter to us voters is why?

  5. ernst says:

    Ben Shapiro is a small loss. Apparently Fields hugely overreacted to a minor affront. Does Fields think she is some God-like untouchable idol? These reporters are acting like the over-entitled liberal media they claim to abhor.

  6. disqus_rrU40ADrms says:

    This is a “non-event”. When you place lots of people in a small space and they are trying to “get a story”, they get jostled. The young lady might have a case for something if she got grabbed in the posterior or the boob. But someone “pinched her arm”????? Come on and grow up. If you cannot stand the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen!

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