Publisher's Note: One of the most significant things you can do to promote Liberty is to support our mission. Please make your gift to the 2021 Year-End Campaign today. Thank you! —Mark Alexander, Publisher

Dan Gilmore / March 10, 2016

After Hurt Reporter, Breitbart Caters to Trump

Breitbart is feeding the crocodile, hoping it will eat it last.

It could be argued that Breitbart News has basically been an arm of Donald Trump’s campaign. Thus, things probably got awkward in the newsroom when Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, manhandled a female reporter working for the media outlet.

Trump has leveled his divisive rhetoric against reporters in the past. Last month, he told crowds he wanted to change the libel laws so that he could sue publications over stories he didn’t like, for example. Breitbart’s reporter, Michelle Fields, approached the real estate mogul Tuesday to ask him a question about affirmative action. This is how Fields described what happened next: “Trump acknowledged the question, but before he could answer I was jolted backwards. Someone had grabbed me tightly by the arm and yanked me down. I almost fell to the ground, but was able to maintain my balance. Nonetheless, I was shaken.”

Other reporters identified the man as Lewandowski and Breitbart didn’t have the courage to support its reporter and call out the campaign it so often fawned over in the past. In a statement, Breitbart CEO Larry Solov said, “It’s obviously unacceptable that someone crossed a line and made physical contact with our reporter. … Ben Terris of The Washington Post told her that it was Corey Lewandowski. If that’s the case, Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.”

Just an apology? There are witnesses that Lewandowski laid hands on Fields in such a way as to leave a bruise. Lewandowski’s excuse is that he didn’t recognize Fields was from Breitbart. He thought she was a hostile mainstream media journalist. It doesn’t matter. No one from polite society would lay a hand on a nonviolent person, let alone a woman. Breitbart has cashed in on the new yellow journalism, similar to how CBS News CEO Leslie Moonves said of Trump’s candidacy: “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” To paraphrase the Gipper, Breitbart is feeding the crocodile, hoping the croc will eat it last.

> Update: After one Breitbart reporter suggested the alleged victim lied about the attack, that reporter was suspended by the site. Things are a mess over there… Meanwhile, Fields provided physical evidence on Twitter:

> Update II: The reporter has filed charges.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.