Watching the Trump campaign both on social media, online news, and television, I’m amazed at the audacity, nay, the reprehensible way that they are treating this assault… one would think that someone running for President, would act, and require his campaign to act within reason, and always treat reporters with a certain level of respect.
This should never have happened in the first place. There should have been a very public apology, and verification that such an incident never happens again. (Unfortunately, it will given this history of the campaign and the people that attend them… see: Six times people were attacked at Trump rallies)
On top of that, what the hell is going on at Breitbart? Has their management gone nuts? I can understand wanting to stand by their candidate in one sense, but in another don’t they have more respect for one of their own reporters? It’s confusing to me, why this is going on. I guess since Andrew passed on, it’s been down hill for the blog, and it’s writers. I hope there is a chance for recovery. My memory (and correct me if I’m wrong), was that the Breitbart Blog/News agency was supposed to try and cover with honest hard hitting solid journalism and reporting, stories that the mainstream media ignored or didn’t cover. My guess is that the total opposite has happened, instead of hard hitting journalism, it’s become an entertainment blog, that seeks to find whatever is trending, and cover that with a half-hearted investigations done purely online. And it seems to have given up on it’s moral integrity long ago.
Watching this unravel, has sort of been entertaining, and exasperating at the same time, I really like it when the facts come out, and it shows why some were wrong. I’m also hoping that others come to fill the vast void that has been left by journalists, reporters, etc.
And just a thought, if you’re gonna have a blog with opinions, state that this is the case, and don’t try to be a news site, if you aren’t gonna even try to have solid journalism at the core of what you publish.
I’d encourage you all, to read widely, don’t get trapped in a bubble, and learn to think critically about what is being published by anyone.
DailyBeast: Video Shows Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski Grabbing Reporter Michelle Fields and Trump and Breitbart Go to War: Claims, Denials, and Tweeted Bruises
Buzzfeed: Breitbart Flack Quits, Says Trump ‘Wrong’
National Review: Video Destroys Trump Campaign Spin as Michelle Fields Files Criminal Charges
Fox: Reporter Accuses Trump Campaign Manager of Assault
Politico: Audio and transcript of Breitbart reporter allegedly being roughed up by Trump campaign manager and Transcript of Lewandowski attacking Reporter Fields
WashPo: Donald Trump’s campaign just outdid itself with its brazen disregard for the truth
DailyWire: Trump’s Campaign Manager Roughed Up A Reporter. Here’s Why That Matters.
and Video Validates Reporter’s Claim She Was Grabbed By Trump’s Campaign Manager
[ I’ll probably update this later with some more thoughts on what I see happening. ]