Breitbart Staffers Tell Buzzfeed Donald Trump Is Paying for Favorable Coverage
The far-right propagandists at Breitbart “news” are denying it, of course, but BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins is reporting that he has sources inside the Breitbart fever swamp telling him Donald Trump is paying them for their non-stop glowing coverage of the rude, crude billionaire.
According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, editors and writers at the outlet have privately complained since at least last year that the company’s top management was allowing Trump to turn Breitbart into his own fan website — using it to hype his political prospects and attack his enemies. One current editor called the water-carrying “despicable” and “embarrassing,” and said he was told by an executive last year that the company had a financial arrangement with Trump. A second Breitbart staffer said he had heard a similar description of the site’s relationship with the billionaire but didn’t know the details; and a third source at the company said he knew of several instances when managers had overruled editors at Trump’s behest. Additionally, a conservative communications operative who works closely with Breitbart described conversations in which “multiple writers and editors” said Trump was paying for the ability to shape coverage, and added that one staffer claimed to have seen documentation of the “pay for play.”
All four sources spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their jobs; and none knew exactly how Trump’s alleged arrangement with the privately held company worked.
After years of dealing with Breitbart’s horrible sleazeballs, I can find within myself no surprise or even skepticism that they’d do something like this; these right wing “journalists” have no sense of ethics whatsoever, and they’d take money from someone like Trump in a heartbeat.
What’s interesting though, is the news that there are staffers who are apparently so disgruntled with Breitbart’s sleazy business practices that they’d leak damaging information like this to BuzzFeed. All is not well at the hate site that Andrew built.