Is Breitbart afraid of Trump?

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Is Breitbart afraid of Trump?
March 11th, 2016
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Trouble at Trump rallies still trending

"Is Breitbart afraid of Trump?wonders The Guardian's Dan Gillmor after reading the publication's claim that it has video suggesting Washington Post's Ben Terris somehow misidentified Donald Trump's campaign manager as the aggressor in the "Michelle Fields incident" (at 2,100+ shares right now). "I've looked at the video & a man who resembles [Corey] Lewandowski moves closer to Michelle Fields than the Trump camp mgr," asserts Howard Kurtz from Fox News, but the majority of #MediaTwitter seemed less convinced. "I admit I'm a bit shocked at Breitbart going full truther against their own reporter to protect Trump," reacts Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski. Similarly, BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray calls it "unbelievable that Breitbart is gaslighting @MichelleFields to protect Trump and Lewandowski." Jesse Taylor takes it further by assessing "Breitbart's first ever piece of investigative journalism is in the service of discrediting its own reporter." At SlateRachael Larimore pleads, "Please tell me that some reputable outlet is going to hire @MichelleFields when this is said and done."

You be the judge, though. For the record, WaPo's Terris rebuts the "possible mistaken identity" story: "I saw what I saw." At Mother JonesPatrick Caldwell chimes in, "Pretty sure @bterris isn’t going to misidentify the guy he’s specifically following around while writing a profile." Here's the transcript of the audio that allegedly captured Fields being roughed up by Lewandowski, c/o Politico's Hadas Gold. "Quite the elaborate set-up, involving two media outlets, for something Trump claims was manufactured," muses Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. And as freelancer Yael Grauer points out, "for folks pretending the Fields/Lewandowski assault didn't happen b/c she didn't file a police report... she filed." But if you're wondering what Lewandowski himself had to say on Twitter about the whole thing, here it is: "Michelle Fields is an attention seeker who once claimed Allen West groped her but later went silent."

Let's move on. Quickly. In other political news (which, yes, is still mostly about Trump), racial tensions continue to explode at Donald Trump’s rallies, but that didn't seem to bother Ben Carson, who just endorsed him. "Included in @RealBenCarson endorsement of @realDonaldTrump is that Carson would have education role in a Trump admin," notices Chalkbeat's Laura Kebede. Conversely, National Review just endorsed Ted Cruz for prez while Marco Rubio's campaign is actually telling Ohio supporters to vote for Kasich. Meanwhile, a U.S. labor powerhouse is prepping to launch an anti-Trump ad campaign while students claim some of those glowing reviews of Trump University were coerced. Not a good news day for that campaign, but lately that doesn't seem to matter much.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: The press audience invited to the big reveal by private spaceflight venture Blue Origin appeared to be suffering from a dearth of what (or should we say, whom)? Women journalists. Specifically, more than one female aerospace journalist felt snubbed.

Kudos to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions also go out to these wonderful people for answering correctly: Lucia A. Walinchus (who notes that it happened "On International Women's day #StoryOfMyLife"), Joy TippingRon Casalotti (whose answer was "Take your pick: Estrogen; XX chromosome pairings; equal opportunity for female science reporters"), Sarah-Ann Soffer (who adds "also, people actually signed up to take the space flight ..."),Carrie Gray (who punctuated her answer with the hashtag #NotThePressCoverageTheyWanted) and Mark Gibbs (who observes "why is anyone surprised? That's like saying 'male ...' - damn, couldn't find an example").

As for today's question, here it is: Nestle recently recalled nearly 3 million products after what happened?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Friday

Your career moves to know for today:

  • Susan Matthews (at right) is joining Slate as senior science editor. Matthews previously served as senior web editor for Audubon Society.
  • Emily Greenhouse has been named managing editor at The New Yorker. Greenhouse joins from Bloomberg Politics, where she has been a writer.
  • Matt Buchanan has been named features editor at Eater. You'll know Buchanan as The Awl's co-editor.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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