On the heels of editor-at-large Ben Shapiro and reporter Michelle Fields resigning from “conservative” news site Breitbart News, two more journalists have resigned from the organization, accusing the site of being in the tank for billionaire Donald Trump and his presidential campaign.
Both national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel and editor Jarrett Stepman resigned in protest, with the final straw being the way the organization handled Michelle Fields being allegedly roughed up by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, which also led to the resignation of former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella, the first person to leave in what is quickly becoming a mass exodus.
As you can see from the scathing resignation statements below, obtained by Politico media reporter Hadas Gold, Jordan Schachtel revealed that he had been fighting behind the scenes, unsuccessfully so, to push back against Breitbart’s “party-line Trump propaganda,” and accused the network of becoming “an unaffiliated media Super PAC for the Trump campaign.”
“I signed my contract to work as a journalist, not as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President media network,” Schachtel wrote in his strong rebuke.
Jarrett Stepman charged Breitbart with abandoning the Founding Fathers’ vision of “limited-government conservatism” while adopting the conflicting “Nationalist/Populist viewpoint.”
“I believe the integrity of Breitbart News, my own personal integrity, and the legacy of Andrew Breitbart are at stake, which is why I had to resign,” Stepman wrote.
JUST IN – Jordan Schachtel and Jarrett Stepman have also resigned from Breitbart pic.twitter.com/ViA1PFuDJr
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) March 14, 2016
Ben Shapiro’s resignation statement from Breitbart was perhaps even more blistering, opining that Breitbart had fundamentally transformed itself into “Donald Trump’s personal Pravda propaganda arm.”
A spoof website, Trumpbart, appeared online recently and mocks Breitbart’s pro-Trump bias, with headlines hilariously exaggerated which also makes the case that the above former employees are making. Sad!