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bob

I, for one, am shocked that a media enterprise founded by Andrew Breitbart lacks integrity.

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  • Judas Peckerwood

    Who ever imagined that the Brownshirts would dare to rough up a reporter from Der Stürmer. That kind of thing was unthinkable back in the day!

    • Warren Terra

      The Night Of The Long Knives is supposed to be scheduled for after the Chancellorship has been secured!

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        It still is on schedule.

        We’re just in “The Early Evening of the Short Fingers”

    • Rob in CT

      Fascists these days. SMH. No respect for tradition!

  • Boy Howdy, I wasn’t expecting the break-up of conservative institutions, just looking forward to the Republican Party imploding. This is really going to be fun!

    • DrDick

      It is getting interesting.

    • gusmpls

      Never have I seen so many fights where I wanted both sides to lose.

      • rhino

        And where both sides are actually losing.

        If we are fortunate, this is going to end in the marginalization of the republican party, and a wakeup call about the dangers of fascism.

        Of course, there is also a possibility that we have ringside seats to the birth of the 4th Reich.

  • ChrisTS

    This is a tough one.

    On the one hand, I find it easy to detest the Breitbart crew for throwing one of their own under the bus. On the other hand, I cannot help but recognize that she was one of their own, quite voluntarily.

    So, yeah, my sympathies to her for being dumped by a nasty, evil, dishonest outlet but, ya know, she chose to work there.

    I’m not sure how this works out, but schadenfreude plus sympathy is a very odd equation.

    • Hells Littlest Angel

      She is no longer employed by this nasty, evil, dishonest outlet, giving her a chance now to redeem herself, so in addition to the schadenfreude and sympathy, you should also feel happy for her.

      • MAJeff

        But is there any hope for her. She was proudly one of the Breitbart brownshirts. She ain’t gonna automatically become a decent human being after this.

        • Malaclypse

          But is there any hope for her.

          Even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Virgin Ben can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Donald. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, for good or ill, before the end.

          • sibusisodan

            So what you’re saying is that Ben is going to end up falling to his doom, having grabbed the One Hairpiece to Rule Them All, while screaming ‘Preciousssss’?

            Yeah, sounds about right.

            • Malaclypse

              I was going for the idea that he might best be pushed into an active volcano, yes.

              • Snarki, child of Loki

                Now *that’s* a form of “virgin sacrifice” we can all unite behind.

                • Tom Till

                  What’s this “sacrifice” of which you speak? It strikes me more as a gift to the gods. And humanity.

                • John not McCain

                  And when the gods open their gift there will be a collective “the fuck are those people sending us” moment.

          • keta

            Nope. Schmuck; one of dozens is his only role, and it ends in a sweaty sock.

            • N__B

              I can, unfortunately, see a future where he plays Terrorist Number Four.

              • keta

                Don’t make me giddy.

          • DrDick

            Quaker optimism at its finest!

        • CrunchyFrog

          She was proudly one of the Breitbart brownshirts.

          “What? You’re treating me like you do other women? But I’m a batshit crazy wingnut just like YOU. I cheered you on when you verbally and physically abused other women. I’m not like them at all. I’m different.”

        • rhino

          That guy from Little Green Footballs managed to do something of a U-turn. Never underestimate the potential for human redemption.

          • NonyNony

            Charles Johnson (of LGF, not to be confused with rabid wingnut Charles C. Johnson of Breitbart et al) was, pre-9/11, a fairly moderate guy who went insane due to 9/11. It took him a while to snap out of it and realize he was associating with a bunch of white supremacists but he finally snapped back to where he was before 9/11. For him it was a return to form, not a complete change.

            David Brock of Media Matters might be a better example. He went from a wingnut operative to an anti-wingnut crusader and that seems to have been a legit switch due to how extreme the conservatives had gotten rather than a reversion to form for him, though I know that not everyone buys his Road to Damascus story on that one.

            • leftwingfox

              One of the things that impressed me about David Brock was how he kept out of the limelight and let the work of Media Matters largely speak for itself. I’m too used to people trying to milk celebrity out of their dramatic turnaround.

              Someone who sits down and simply gets to work fixing their mess goes a long way towards forgiveness for past actions.

              • Caepan

                See also: Dean, John.

    • fledermaus

      You think you have problems, I just realized that I am out of popcorn.

      • Barry Freed

        +1

      • DrDick

        *ACK!*

        I just realized I am, too. I will have to stock up while it is still available.

        • los

          DHS has been buying all of the popcorn. It’s all part of the FEMA camp preparation. But Greg Abbott is on it.

      • ChrisTS

        Heh!

    • keta

      It’s really not that tough, ChrisTS.

      You have an O’Keefe-style narcissist “reporter;” a calculated, pathetic cry for attention in a hyper-charged atmosphere; a “media outlet” in the tank for a certain candidate and garden-variety sniping; attempted obfuscation; and risible stands of “integrity” all rolled out from a right wing version of what passes for informed “journalism.”

      For me, the funniest fucking part of the whole circle jerk was Pollack’s (excised) hit at Benji. If only such creative and passionate writing were employed in all their “reporting.”

      The whole jizz fountain should be erected in US Journo Square so supplicants can anoint themselves, cover themselves, in this glorious gush. They deserve nothing less.

      • Lee Rudolph

        The whole jizz fountain should be erected in US Journo Square so supplicants can anoint themselves, cover themselves, in this glorious gush.

        Cannot unread.

        • ChrisTS

          Really. Is there enough bleach?

      • For me, the funniest fucking part of the whole circle jerk was Pollack’s (excised) hit at Benji.

        From the speed with which that hatchet job appeared, and its detailed thoroughness — down to the parody of Buzzfeed clickbaiting — I can but speculate that he had written it in advance, in expectation of treachery. It follows that he has other customised attacks also prepared for every other staff member, sitting in a dossier, like so many show-trial confessions.

        I particularly liked that the most offensive put-down Pollak could think of was that Shapiro was looking for work with Fox. Meanwhile:

        “I’m wondering if [Trump] needs a speechwriter. I know he speaks off the cuff, etc. But maybe someone to review talking points and so on,” [Pollk] said in emails obtained by BuzzFeed.

        • Ahuitzotl

          I can but speculate that he had written it in advance, in expectation of treachery.

          … doesnt everyone do this?

      • yenwoda

        That really was something, from the “Friends of Hamas” line to publishing it under Shapiro’s dad’s pseudonym.

    • Lee Rudolph

      On the one hand, I find it easy to detest the Breitbart crew for throwing one of their own under the bus. On the other hand, I cannot help but recognize that she was one of their own, quite voluntarily.

      She had, in fact, a paradigmatic Unterbuswerfenkörper.

    • tsam

      She needs no sympathy. She’s an old hand in the wingnut welfare biz. She’ll land on her little rat feet.

      In 2011, Fields was interviewed by Brian Lamb on the C-SPAN’s Q&A about her reporting style.[4] Fields has appeared on CNBC, Sky News, Fox News, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends First, Your World with Neil Cavuto, America’s Newsroom, Fox and Friends, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Stossel, and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. Fields was featured in Details magazine as one of “the next wave of political pundits.”[7]
      In 2012, Fields gave a TEDx talk on her career and the future of internet journalism.[8] In 2015, The Hill newspaper named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in Washington, D.C.[9]
      In September 2014, Fields became a contributor at the Fox News Channel.[10] In November 2015, Fields joined the Breitbart News Network as a political reporter.[11]
      In March 2016, while on assignment for Breitbart.com, Fields allegedly was assaulted by Corey Lewandowski, the Trump campaign manager, at a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

      • N__B

        Fields gave a TEDx talk on her career and the future of internet journalism.

        Any sympathy I might have had just ended.

        • tsam

          Are you saying a TEDx talk didn’t change your LIFE?

          • N__B

            A TEDy changed my life, but that was when I was four.

        • twbb

          Yep, Breitbart is one thing but TEDx?

    • Sly

      On the other hand, I cannot help but recognize that she was one of their own, quite voluntarily.

      Yeah. Mikki Kendall summarized this point perfectly: “I can’t muster sympathy for racist white women who suddenly found out racist white men will abuse them too. Miss Millie was never safe.”

  • Matt Heath

    Somewhat relatedly Milo calls Trump “Daddy”. You’re welcome.

    • Brett

      Eww. Like those people who respond to anyone famous on Twitter with “fuck me daddy” or “MOM”?

      • MartinAlexander

        As I’ve repeated to all Trump fans.. vote Trump because every American likes to be spanked by Daddy!

    • Warren Terra
    • ChrisTS

      Surely that must be ‘based Daddy’?

  • Warren Terra

    Relatedly: Ezra Klein, who is often deservedly criticized for being too carefully polite to Republicans who have influence in DC, has a righteous piece tearing into Trump for his inability to get, or discern, good advice.

    • efgoldman

      Link goes to a Vox story about legalizing weed, which might also be a worthy cause, but doesn’t appear what you meant.

    • tsam

      “All I know is what’s on the internet,” Trump said

      Just let that one sink in for a minute.

      • Lee Rudolph

        He’s one of US????

        • tsam

          Guess so. I’m conflicted over how I feel about that statement.

          • Ken

            It can be read in as many ways as “HELP ELEANOR COME HOME ELEANOR,” from Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

        • Ahuitzotl

          Has anyone seen Trump and Murc in the same room?

      • los

        Trump is gaslighting himself by proxy?

      • And yet he still appears in public settings with the Zodiac Killer.

    • trollhattan

      Trolling him into retweeting the ilduce2016 Twitter account was genius.

    • Manny Kant

      I don’t really think Klein’s attack on Trump here is at all at odds with his being too carefully polite to Republicans who have influence in DC. Aren’t they two sides of the same coin?

      • Warren Terra

        Well, yeah, that was kind of my point, how he can be devastating, an this piece was worth reading, but too often he holds back to preserve his ties to the establishment (which as you note isn’t a factor in this case).

    • twbb

      Good grief, I can forgive him for politeness to the Republicans, but I can’t forgive him giving Trump advice on how to campaign more effectively.

  • njorl

    It’s a shame Breitbart himself isn’t alive to see this, and become so enraged his heart explodes.

  • Boots Day

    What strikes me about this whole story is what an unforced error it is. It’s not like Lewandowski slugged her or had Trump’s thugs rough her up – he grabbed Fields by the arm and pulled her away. It would have been very easy for him to say, “I wanted to get her away from the candidate, and I accidentally grabbed her arm with much more force than I meant to. I am very sorry, and Breitbart reporters should know they are welcome at all of our events.”

    Instead he denied it ever happened, then came up with a bunch more self-serving BS. The whole thing could have been over with in an hour. Instead, Trump’s campaign manager (who really ought to know better!) let it turn into a scandal and a battle with an outlet that is ordinarily sympathetic to him.

    Of course, she also appears to be a drama queen who wants to milk this for all it’s worth, which isn’t helping the Trump campaign any.

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