Breitbart News’ Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro resign amid Trump controversy


Less than one week after a national political reporter said she was attacked by Donald Trump’s presidential campaign manager, the Breitbart News reporter and its editor-at-large have resigned, adding to growing unrest at the conservative news organization.

In a statement released to BuzzFeed News, reporter Michelle Fields said she tendered her resignation Sunday because of the conservative news website’s handling of the alleged assault.

Breitbart News editor-at-large Ben Shapiro also tendered his resignation Sunday night, claiming the site’s strong support for Trump and its reaction to Fields’ reported assault “betrayed” the life mission of Breitbart News founder Andrew Breitbart.

“Andrew built his life and his career on one mission: fight the bullies,” Shapiro said in a statement released to BuzzFeed News. “In my opinion, (Breitbart News Chairman) 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, Michelle Fields, in order to protect Trump’s bully campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who allegedly assaulted Michelle.”


australian-money The benchmark ASX 200 index has closed down 4.1 per cent, with the losses felt across the board from banks to resources stocks.

The index tumbled 2.6 per cent within the first 30 minutes of trade today — one of the worst openings to a trading session in the past five years — and then plunged as trading continued.

Shares in Westpac, financial advice group AMP and mining heavywieght Rio Tinto all tanked more than 5 per cent.

The other banks also fell heavilybanks also fell heavily, with ANZ and National Australia Bank down 5.1 per cent and National Australia Bank down 4.7 per cent. Shares in the Commonwealth Bank fell 4.1 per cent.

Mum and dad favourite, Telstra, had also dropped by more than one per cent.

The slump in the ASX 200 was the biggest for any day since January 2009 — the depths of the financial crisis.

Asian sharemarkets have also been swept up in the rout.