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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Media | 0 comments

Civil War @ Breitbart

Battle of Antietam by Thulstrup

The Breitbart website has become the news instead of promoting it.

From NBC News: “Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields has resigned from the conservative news site over its response to her alleged assault by Donald Trump’s campaign manager. Her colleague Ben Shapiro also resigned from Breitbart, saying the site should be “ashamed” of “their treatment” of Fields, whose allegations of assault came amid escalating violence in and around Trump campaign events.”

The following Breitbart screenshots reveal how Breitbart’s management responded to Michelle Fields’ accusation against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

If Michelle Fields believes that a publisher should automatically accept her word without question because it is her word, then she is mistaken.

A publisher has a responsibility to police the work of its writers and to make corrections should the publisher discover evidence that a writer may have erred. Awhile back, the New York Times learned that lesson the hard way after its reporter Jayson Blair was exposed as reporting stories that were made up or plagiarized.

Breitbart had just cause to check the accuracy Fields’ claim. The site previously embarrassed itself by publishing a false story about the person who is currently the U.S. Attorney General.

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Featured Image: Battle of Antietam by Thure de Thulstrup (1887). Photographic reproduction of an original print. Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.