After a torrential week of reporting, hearsay, new evidence, outright denials and character assassinations, Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has resigned from the conservative news site following its handling of her alleged assault by Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. In addition, her colleague and supporter Ben Shapiro, an editor-at-large for Breitbart, has also resigned his post at the media outlet founded by Andrew Breitbart in 2007.
In two separate statements obtained by BuzzFeed, Fields and Shapiro announced their departure from the company late Sunday night. Fields explained that she had “informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation” because the organization hadn’t “adequately stood by me during the events of the past week.” As a result, she thought it was “best for us to part ways.”
Meanwhile, Shapiro took the opportunity to produce a seven-paragraph screed chastising Breitbart chair Steve Bannon and the media group as a whole.
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.
On Tuesday, March 8, Fields was covering a press conference held by Trump in Jupiter, Florida when the incident occurred. Per her account and that of Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, Lewandowski grabbed Fields’ arm and violently yanked her away from Trump when she tried to ask him a question about the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia and affirmative action. Though her pro-Trump employers hesitated at first, Breitbart chief executive Larry Solov came out in the reporter’s defense in a statement arguing that “Corey owes Michelle an immediate apology.” Instead, her claims were met with ridicule — both from Trump’s people and from her own.