We haven’t taken any joy in covering the ugly split at Breitbart.com, marked by an exodus of some of the site’s most talented writers and some ill-advised sliming of those writers in a piece which has since been taken down. Breitbart is reportedly going the legal route now, escalating an internal memo directing writers to stop tweeting about Michelle Fields to a cease-and-desist order.
Breitbart sends 'cease and desist' letters to former staffers https://t.co/lZhK8nDOry
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 15, 2016
Breitbart is starting to get litigious w former staffers https://t.co/9viADVr2Ek
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 15, 2016
@Hadas_Gold That will save their reputation?
— Dave Kleikamp (@ShaggyKC) March 15, 2016
Politico reports today that those staffers who jumped ship in support of Fields (including Fields herself) will find cease and desist orders in their mailboxes ordering them to stop talking about the circumstances that led them to resign. Most Breitbart employees, sources say, are on contracts that likely include non-disparagement clauses.
— KevinR (@KevRolfe) March 15, 2016
Class acts. Just pure class all over the place here. https://t.co/juhp2hBBbl
— Josh Colletta (@TheRadioDude) March 15, 2016
Looks like Breitbart may pursue legal remedy allowed in non-disparagement clauses of former employee contracts. https://t.co/T2OHDwQ0VQ
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 15, 2016
— Duane Fierstine (@fierstine) March 15, 2016
— Lovely_Infidel كافر (@Lovely_Infidel) March 15, 2016
Breitbart, Trumpbart Or Pravda? https://t.co/dv9EcGnivK
Credibility is hard to regain.
— IGotOverMachoGrande (@smitty_one_each) March 15, 2016
Breitbart employees leaving the ship should talk to an employment lawyer. Non-disparagement clauses are highly disfavored at law.
— Popehat (@Popehat) March 15, 2016
One person who’s glad to see the letters go out is Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whose alleged grabbing of Breitbart reporter Fields led to the mass exodus from the site as well as the filing of a police report.
Breitbart sends 'cease and desist' letters to former staffers – POLITICO https://t.co/9pzaxZsO7M
— Corey Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) March 15, 2016
@CLewandowski_ Thank you Breitbart for blowing out two obviously dishonest people: Shapiro and Fields.
— William R. Felder (@WilliamRFelder) March 15, 2016
@CLewandowski_ good. those two were not journalists they were paid propagandists.
— Zach (@symsense) March 15, 2016
— We The People… (@voteruprising) March 15, 2016
— Htown4Trump (@Htown4Trump) March 15, 2016
@CLewandowski_ Have you apologized yet? I think you owe one to Michelle Fields and another to your supporters.
— just alan (@anythingbutdem) March 15, 2016