White House senior adviser Stephen Miller had more editorial influence over the right-wing news website Breitbart during the 2016 presidential campaign than previously known and attempted to push articles attacking then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., according to a new batch of leaked emails shared with NBC News.
The emails, which were first given to the Southern Poverty Law Center by former Breitbart writer Katie McHugh, reveal that Breitbart published an article in October 2015 about immigration levels with the byline “Breitbart News” under the direction of Miller while he was working for then-Sen. Jeff Sessions.
The emails offer a window into just how closely Miller coordinated with Breitbart, a publication that backed President Donald Trump early in his campaign. Its former chief executive, Steve Bannon, later served as an adviser to Trump.
On Oct. 3, 2015, Miller sent a chart that claimed that “For Every 1 New American Added to the Population, Immigration Will Add 7 More” to McHugh, Breitbart’s Washington political editor Matthew Boyle and Bannon.
“Also how should we run this? Under Senator Sessions’ byline? Or under ‘Breitbart News’ byline?” Boyle asked in a reply.
Miller responded that the chart and the accompanying article should be run under a Breitbart News byline, in effect disguising his involvement.
“This exclusive should provide an inescapably powerful visual and analysis designed to appeal to voters of all stripes,” Miller wrote.
It is not unusual for politicians or aides to publish opinion articles in news outlets, but those articles are usually clearly marked as coming from a particular person and are not disguised as part of the editorial operation of the news outlet.
And, as always, there’s a broader point to be made here:
a reminder of how much the *substantively uninteresting* hacked DNC emails defined the 2016 election coverage, to the explicit exclusion of any of the actual substance https://t.co/BIhmFxd1ty— Seth D. Michaels (@sethdmichaels) November 19, 2019
As I’ve said before, not only did the media place no weight in privacy interests when reporting on hacked emails in 2016, most of the stories were trivia that was being covered only because it was revealed in illegally hacked emails. The legally obtained emails providing both clear evidence that one of the most powerful people in the country is a white nationalist and interesting information about how he operates will receive a fraction of the coverage.
Lest we forget: