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Sad news at Breitbart

15 Mar
I’ve been writing freelance at Breitbart for almost a year, often posting the fuller, original versions of my pieces here.  Including one piece entitled Two libertarian cheers for Trump.

Indeed it has been my practice to offer pieces to Breitbart before I offer them to the Daily Caller or other venues.  One piece ended up at TheHill because it was too favorable to Megyn Kelly, which was not kosher in the Breitbart Trumperverse.

Lately the demands of a second job – thanks Obama! – have kept me from writing as much as I want.  But I am removing Breitbart from the list of places I write for from my Twitter profile.  Though since they have a huge audience, I may still write for them.

I kind of grazingly know or have met many of the people in the current situation, where a Trump staffer assaulted a Breitbart reporter, whom Breitbart senior editors did not then support, because of their obeisance to the Trump movement.

It’s a sad situation and does not bode well for the Trump campaign.

I’m not in a swing state though so voting for Gary Johnson (or John McAfee or Austin Petersen) is an easy solution.

Update:  Others, mainly lesser known bloggers critical of “cuckservatives,” have alternative interpretations of the videos of the event, and think this is a pre-publicity tour for Michelle Fields first book, out in June.

Washington Post / Getty Images

Here’s Ben Shapiro’s full resignation statement:

As a close personal friend and mentee of Andrew Breitbart’s, it saddens me tremendously to announce that as of 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, I have resigned from Breitbart News as editor-at-large. I met Andrew Breitbart when I was seventeen years old and remained his friend until his tragic death; I signed on with Breitbart News two weeks before Andrew’s death because I believed in his mission.
I am proud of what we accomplished in the years following his death, fighting back against the leftist media and debunking the left’s key narratives. I have many good friends at Breitbart News, including editor-in-chief Alex Marlow and editor-at-large John Nolte, and I admire CEO Larry Solov for his dedication to ensuring a financial future for Andrew’s widow, Susie, and his four children.
Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies. But Andrew’s life mission has been betrayed. Indeed, 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. I spoke with Michelle the night after the incident. She told me her story. That story was backed by audiotape, eyewitness testimony from The Washington Post’s Ben Terris, physical bruises, and video tape.
Both Lewandowski and Trump maligned Michelle in the most repulsive fashion. Meanwhile, Breitbart News not only stood by and did nothing outside of tepidly asking for an apology, they then attempted to abandon Michelle by silencing staff from tweeting or talking about the issue. Finally, in the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly-evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story in which Michelle and Terris had somehow misidentified Lewandowski.
This is disgusting. Andrew never would have stood for it. No news outlet would stand for it.
Nobody should.
This truly breaks my heart. But, as I am fond of saying, facts don’t care about your feelings, and the facts are undeniable: Breitbart News has become precisely the reverse of what Andrew would have wanted. Steve Bannon and those who follow his lead should be ashamed of themselves.

Here’s Fields’ full resignation statement:

Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation. I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways.

Today’s Top Libertarian Tweets and Status Updates

12 Jun

I’ve been in Washington DC for exactly three (!!) years. What have I learned? I’ve learned that often times the people who are the closest in proximity to power are the least impressive.
Thaddeus Russell

In World War I, only two of the black regiments of the U.S. Army were sent into combat. A large number of soldiers in the 368th Infrantry ran away from the front line when fighting began and five of its officers were court-martialed for “cowardly misconduct in the face of the enemy.” Most historians now argue that the behavior of the 368th was due to poor training not a lack of patriotism or martial spirit. But Private Sidney Wilson of the 368th wrote this letter from the front lines in France to his draft board and a white newspaper in his hometown of Memphis:

“It afoads to the soldier boys wich you have sent so far away from home a great deal of pledger to write you a few lines to let you know that you low-down Mother Fuckers can put a gun in our hands but who is able to take it out? We may go to France but I want to let you know that it will not be over with until we straiten up this state. We feel like we have nothing to do with this war, so if you all thinks it, just wait until Uncle Sam puts a gun in the niggers hands and you will be sorry of it, because we is show goin to come back and fight and whip out the United States, because we have colored luetinan [lieutenants] up here, and thay is planing against this country everyday. So all we wants now is the amanation, then you all can look out, for we is coming.”

For sending this letter Wilson was court-martialed and sentenced to ten years at hard labor.

11 years ago I said invading Iraq to topple Hussein was a terrible idea, because he was locked in a war with al Qaeda for control of the country. “Regime change” would eventually hand Baghdad over to terrorists and empower Iran, who would lose a major threat right on their border.

Iran is now more powerful, and al Qaeda is on the march to Baghdad.