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Monday, December 11, 2017

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Buzzfeed News has obtained and published “an explosive cache of documents” confirming Breitbart as the mouthpiece for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the racist right-wing movement known as the alt-right. Buzzfeed’s entire report on Breitbart management’s courting of neo-Nazis and white supremacists can be found here.

Buzzfeed reports that a March 29th Breitbart article titled “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right” was written with editorial input from numerous white nationalists and neo-Nazis. Prior to writing the article, Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos reached out to the system administrator for the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, Devin Saucier, and “neoreactionary” Curtis Yarvin to solicit ideas. All responded at length with suggestions. Saucier, who Yiannopoulos described as his “best friend,” responded that Steve Bannon was “sympathetic to much of it.”

Additionally, Saucier suggested ideas for articles that were later published on Breitbart, including in an email titled “Article idea: How trolls could win the general for Trump.” Yiannopoulos forwarded the email to a Breitbart writer and ordered him to “Drop what you’re doing and draft this for me.” The following day the article appeared on Breitbart. Saucier also killed a story Yiannopoulos had written on class-based affirmative action. After sending a draft of the article to Saucier, he replied, “I would honestly spike this.” The story never appeared on Breitbart.

In a July speech in Warsaw “that was celebrated by the alt-right,” President Trump used a line from a Breitbart story that Buzzfeed reported was “all but line-edited by a white nationalist.” Referring to remarks about free speech on college campuses, Yiannopoulos remarked that Trump “used phrases extremely close to what I say — Bannon is feeding him.”

Furthermore, the Breitbart article written with the help of white nationalists and neo-Nazis, “An Establishment Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right,” received notes from former Reagan and George H.W. Bush staffer James Pinkerton. Buzzfeed also reports the collaboration of “conservative thinkers” with Yiannopoulos that led to Breitbart articles, such as correspondences that included Rachel Fulton Brown, a University of Chicago medievalist, Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center, and Ghaffar Hussain of the controversial organization Quilliam.

After joining the Trump campaign on August 17, 2016, Bannon “continued to run aspects of Breitbart.” Buzzfeed cites emails from Bannon to Yiannopoulos on September 1, September 3, and attempts to arrange a meeting between Yiannopoulos and digital strategist and Trump supporter Oz Sultan on September 11. Buzzfeed also reports that “there were also signs that Bannon was using his proximity to the Republican nominee to promote the culture war pet causes” of Breitbart.

Buzzfeed reports that for Yiannopoulos,“maintaining a sufficiently believable distance from overt racists and white nationalists was crucial to the machine he had helped Bannon build.” Buzzfeed cites an email chain that had been forwarded to Bannon and Breitbart editor Alex Marlow by an assistant to Yiannnopoulos with a story bylined by Yiannopoulos that was actually written by his deputy and ghostwriter Allum Bokhari. Yiannopoulos replied with instructions not to “forward chains like that … everyone knows; but they don’t have to be reminded every time.” In another email, Yiannopoulos admitted that it was important for him to remain “clean enough” in his public interactions with white supremacy, despite his courtship of the movement.

Hedge fund billionaire, Robert Mercer and his family who Buzzfeed describes as “a major funder of Breitbart” are described as having control over articles that are published on the website. In one instance detailed by Buzzfeed, Robert’s daughter Rebekah emailed Steve Bannon to demand an article she wanted written about a phone app game mocking Hillary Clinton that was rejected by the Apple App Store. Mercer wanted “an article up detailing his 1st amendment political persecution.” Breitbart published two articles about the app and Bannon described Apple’s reversal of their original decision a “Huge victory.”

 

41 Responses to Here’s What You Need To Know About BuzzFeed’s Breitbart Bombshell

  1. Trump is one of them. His father was a nazi sympathizer and a proven racist and LittleDonnie is still trying to please Daddy. He bought Bannon in the White House and let him stamp the people’s house as a haven for white supremacists. History is not going to be kind to Trump. He’s going to have to live with what he has done to this country and it is not going to be pretty.

    • You’re right about one thing: 50 or 75 years from now, Trump will be labeled by historians as the worst president in our nation’s history, and a blatant racist. But unfortunately, we are having to suffer through the damage he’s doing now, and we have to wonder if our nation can even survive his presidency.

      • I am of sound hope that his presidency won’t survive much longer. What worries me most is our leadership standing in the world. Trump has sacrificed that to his mental illness and I’m unsure we will ever reclaim our place in the great scheme of things. We are truly only with the power now of our nuclear weapons. We have no moral authority.

        • Please try to refrain from calling what he’s doing as mental illness.. He’ll only use that to help sway his irresponsibility. We know he’s something other than normal but let’s not help him use these ideas when Bobby puts the squeeze on him. I’d hate to see that our taxes would continue to benefit him in some institution.. he needs to go to jail or Russia, anywhere but on our dime. I do know one thing, our allies know and understand who is causing the problem and once he’s been ousted they will come back to us and maybe even ‘Lil Kimmy will take that thorn out of his buttock and do a bit of compromising, after all their down to fish heads for their meals.

          • Donald Trump would be unable to bring himself to claim mental illness as a defense. He could not do it. I think if he is indicted or if impeachment proceedings begin, he will resign and continue to crow of his greatness.

          • whenever Don the con leaves office, under indictment or not, he will be a thorn in the side of any new administration, tweeting away his great insights, his incoherent babble, his word salad revenge. He will not go lightly out of the spotlight because the spotlight is where he constantly wants to be. Look at his birther movement crap he kept up for 5 years…and Republicans did not distance them from it and then look what happened. They created a monster of alt.right, hatred, immigrant bashing, KKK and neo.Nazi movement.brought out of the darkness into the sunlight. This monster will not go lightly into the good night.

          • But tweets aren’t nukes. 🙂 He will only have his finger on his Samsung, not the nukes, so we can ignore him. Of course, psychiatric floors at Bellvue do not allow patients to have cell phones. 🙂 There’s that.

          • Can’t dispute that.. Being full of himself there’s no way he would admit to imperfection even when he knows it. His entire existence has to do with the attempt to impress others, not himself.. By that very nature he envisions himself on a higher plane and without this adoration the reality of who and what he really is becomes his enemy. Small wonder he leans toward the ignorant, those brainless dolts we call ‘deplorables’.. There are others, naive but sound in intellect who believes he can make a difference but it’s the zombies that gives him his fantasy world and where do you find such nut jobs? Nazis, skinheads and white supremacists of course.. the very ones this nation abhors.

        • Since he has a cult following, he needs to be in there long enough that even they are disillusioned. We also need to see the end of those posing as republicans that have taken over our government..

          • Exactly ida,

            I want Trump hanging around for a good long time. The longer he’s in, the more Tea Party Republicanism and “mainstream” Republicanism is shown for the con it is.

            Pence will accomplish the crap Trump can only tweet about.

          • That is another thing for people to think about when they want trump impeached.Pence is a religious fanatic cut from the same cloth as the perpetrators of the inquisitions and Mountain Meadow Massacre.

          • Precisely, though Mountain Meadows was the Mormons.

            Pence’s fanaticism is dangerous precisely because it is clothed in such reasonableness.

          • Mormon, Catholic, evangelical, Lutheran (Martin Luther hated Jews), all of them have discriminated and tried to suppress religious beliefs of others. Pence is just another jerkwater who wants to break down the separation of church and state and force his religion on others, Thomas Jefferson said the first amendment “is a mantle of protection for the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohometon (Mohamed), the Hindoo and the infidel…” At the least religious fanatics are annoying and the most they are dangerous. Remember when Walmart decided to honor Jewish and Christian by having their employees say, “Happy holidays” during the season? Bill O’Reilly (the religious hands on person – hands on any female in his sights.) wrote a book about it. I had a Methodist friend speak up in a meeting and tell everyone to boycott Walmart. I have been to funerals where the preacher makes me feel like it was a closed funeral and not belonging to the friend’s church I should not have attended.

          • Didn’t mean to quibble but the whole Mormon thing really is a good example of how far “religious” freedom ought to extend. The Mormon-Gentile Wars running from say, 1845 to 1895, are key parts of the history of the West, though often swept under the rug. It was bloody and sadly, forgotten.

            There are Mormon irredentists to this day. In his day, W. Mitt Romney’s Grandfather was one. He fled to Mexico rather than submit.

          • The Mormon Church taught racism in their doctrine until 1978. They aren’t mean people like the Southern Baptists so they didn’t burn houses and bomb houses and churches or lynch Black people. I have read a couple of books written by members of the church in Mexico who had left the church. It was pretty disgusting. I don’t think Romney was a bad person, but he saw the world from the venture capitalist’s point of view. He was disconnected with other factions.

    • Trump’s money will insulate him from most of the impact of his policies. It is not he, but the rest of us who will pay the price.

      Still I remain hopeful that Trump’s inconsistency and incompetence will prevent him from accomplishing much of permanence.

      I would not assert Trump as the worst President. I would put him up for least effective; though Andrew Johnson still holds that title.

      • He hasn’t got that much money to begin with as all NYers know. He’s a fake billionaire but a true con man. And there is no question that he has become and will remain the worst president ever. The complicated world we live in now is nothing compared to the days of yesterday. Trump has nukes.

        • I agree.. The emphasis belongs to this century, not the last. Even Dubya had his moral moments.. This twerp, not even a whimper unless it was all about him.

          • Absolutely, Just a Bannon clone without the steroids.. A war jockey that convinced Dubya that his papa would be proud if they blew Amin off the face of the earth, all the time peddling his share in Haliburton to make millions off the blood of a nation that never threatened them directly.. Both became war criminals, Chaney directly and Bush as a dullard accomplice.

        • Reports from some of his fortunate lawsuit Victims, who have managed to obtain his Tax Returns and financial statements through the Discover process, have hinted strongly that his net worth is less than $2B – after all the Russian, Chinese and German loans are deducted.
          Had he simply invested his Inheritance from his grandfather and father in a Indexed Fund, he would now be worth $14B.

          So, how “great” of a businessman does than make him, and how much art in his “deals”. Mostly the “worst deals in the World”!

      • Since we’re less than a year into this abomination of a Presidency it’s too soon to say just yet if 45 will surpass Andrew Johnson as worst president ever. At the rate Dotard Donnie is going he’s got a good shot at being worst POTUS ever

        • Say Dan, Trump’s gonna have quite a challenge beating out Buchanan, Pierce, and Hoover. Particularly since he really can’t get anything accomplished. The positions of President Obama he’s reversed? Ha! They can be undone equally quickly.

          His ObamaCare repeal has crashed 4 or 5 times already. He’s reduced to asking for Democratic help. Repeal ObamaCare and put something stronger in its place?

          His “tax plan” isn’t a plan and hasn’t shown anything beyond the rank Republican hypocrisy on the deficit/debt issue.

          Andrew Johnson was ineffective rather than bad. He showed why Presidents need a political party. Lord Willing, Trump will continue to sabotage his political party and prove to be equally ineffective.

          Trump only (only?!) has $2 billion? When the manure hits the air circulating device; that can still buy a lot of protection.

          • My biggest concern with this idiot is I’m afraid he’s going to get us into a major war. Last few days he’s been talking about this being the calm before the storm. What exactly he’s talking about is anyone’s guess but my money is he’s planning to attack North Korea which is by far the gravest danger he’d do by putting millions of people in the line of attack. Would he dare use nukes ? Seeing how unpredictable and crazy he is I wouldn’t rule it out. That’s one reason why the jury is out until he’s gone to assess the damage he’s done. Already he’s upset our allies and has hurt the credibility of our country in the worlds eyes. As of now the USA can’t be trusted to do the right thing with Dotard Donnie running the Apprentice out of the WhiteHouse

          • Trump can’t get the Military to fire their transgendered members. What makes you think he can successfully start a war? Particularly a war generally conceded to be not in the interest of the USA or the world?

            The US’s world reputation will change when we hear the words, “I, Timothy Kane, do solemnly swear…”. The damage is unique to Trump. It’ll change in a minute. That minute Trump leaves office.

            But compare Pence. He carries none of Trump’s baggage. The most scandalous thing about him is that he goes to absurd lengths to avoid scandal. He works with Legislatures. If he tweets, we don’t hear about it. He’ll stage events for Fox to film but won’t step on his own message.

            And

            I have every reason to fear that he would be able to deliver on the promises Republicans have been making for years.

            So, I’m with Trump and incompetence. Better nothing happen than the Republicans get their fantasies fulfilled.

          • I hope your right but Sen Corker who’s in a war of words with trump is voicing concern that he could start WWIII with his constant tweeting which further antagonizes Nations hostile to us like North Korea. I keep hoping sanity will prevail and someone just shuts DT down before the unimaginable happens

  2. Bannon and Breitbart, the Alt-Right- White Nationalists, Russia’s leadership are at the apex of a most satanic concept ever devised by human beings since our creation. A hellish conception by demonic minds wholly concerned with how to acquire wealth and power. There is nothing of resemblance between this amorphous satanic conglomerate and the values enshrined in Religion in general, and in Christianity in particular.

    Racism and White Identity are the twin gods of this idolatrous group of polytheists, who would have been publicly censured were they in the presence of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, or Muhammad. Baha’u’llah goes on to describe in further detail the abysmal state of mind which defines the likes of this dead and amoral collection of human flotsam, and anyone foolish enough to attach significance and importance to what Bannon and Breitbart stand for is as a dead tree which no longer can yield fruit, and therefore deserves to be cut down and used as firewood.

    Such is the state of affairs and condition of Bannon, Trump, Breitbart, etc. Just a group of petty-minded adult juveniles preoccupied with themselves, suffering extreme degrees of impotence in every aspect.

    • When will Russian trolls emerge from a serf mentality, doing whatever the Kremlin directs them to do? When will racists finally realize that racial superiority is an aberration of the soul, which damages the mind?
      These are the sort of questions an intelligent and introspective adult would ask.

      So, stop visiting sites that present articles for you to whine about like a 6 year old, get a hobby besides contemplating your navel, and stop inhaling with relish the sulfurous gases emanating from the terminus of your digestive tract.

        • And ditto per your absence of ability to address the points made about your glaring weakness of character—weaknesses not unlike what cripples a dotard in the Oval Office. Y’all have fun now, ya’ hear?

        • Rich, here’s a novel idea which you’ve never considered. Rather than aspire to be like a “Howdy Doody wooden dummy, dependent on links to news/propaganda sites to communicate a thought, try using your God-given rational faculties and your heart to articulate a thought. One which is independent of the crippling dependency on regurgitating what other flawed humans have written.
          That way you will have convinced me of your ability to formulate an independent well-reasoned thought.

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