In case you missed the bombshell late last night, Ben Shapiro resigned from his post as Breitbart News’ editor-at-large over the management’s “disgusting” treatment of Michelle Fields.
Here’s part of Shapiro’s statement:
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.
Fields announced her resignation as well.
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.
This morning, Breitbart posted a piece mocking Fields and sliming Shapiro:
The piece didn’t stick around long:
But it was up long enough for enough people to grab screenshots:
You can also read the archived article here.
Seriously. What the hell.
Parting food for thought from Shapiro:
Shapiro’s father, the writer David Shapiro, also resigned from Breitbart on Sunday evening.
According to the younger Shapiro, his father was hired under the pseudonym [William Bigelow] to protect his safety since the younger Shapiro said he received so many death threats for his writings.
“Breitbart put this under his byline because they knew I’d have to out him,” Shapiro said in an interview on Monday. “The fact they would use my father’s pseudonym in order to attack me just exposes how despicable they are.”
Breitbart’s Joel Pollak has taken credit for the hit piece:
(Pollak’s statement is posted where the hit piece once appeared.)
Shapiro, however, doesn’t buy it:
Note regarding the archived version of Breitbart’s post: