Monday, August 10, 2015

In case you thought Breitbart was a news site....

Breitbart staffers believe that Trump has given money to the site in exchange for favorable coverage, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reports: “According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, editors and writers at the [conservative news] outlet have privately complained since at least last year that the company’s top management was allowing Trump to turn Breitbart into his own fan website — using it to hype his political prospects, and attack his enemies. One current editor called the water-carrying ‘despicable’ and ‘embarrassing,’ and said he was told by an executive last year that the company had a financial arrangement with Trump. A second Breitbart staffer said he had heard a similar description of the site’s relationship with the billionaire but didn’t know the details; and a third source at the company said he knew of several instances when managers had overruled editors at Trump’s behest. … Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon responded to questions with a statement denying that the company has ever had a ‘financial relationship’ with the candidate.”

(from WashPost)

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