Monday, October 9, 2017

Media Matters For America: Here's what you need to know about BuzzFeed's Breitbart bombshell


Mod: Buzzfeed's revelation is this: When Steve Bannon was working for the Trump administration, and feeding this President information he then parroted to the American people, Neo-Nazis had their highest placed advocate and ally ever.

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.

Breitbart actively courted and solicited neo-Nazis and white supremacist leaders for stories, even allowing them to contribute ideas and kill stories

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.

Breitbart articles ghost-written by white supremacists and neo-Nazis have seeped into conservative politics, including the rhetoric of Donald Trump

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.

Steve Bannon continued his relationship with Breitbart while working on the Trump campaign

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.

Breitbart management was aware the site was courting white supremacists and neo-Nazis and was focused on maintaining plausible deniability

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.

Republican patrons the Mercer family, funds Breitbart and maintains editorial control

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.”

In 2016, Yiannopoulos sang “America the Beautiful” for alt-right neo-nazis, who gave him a “sieg heil” salute

Link here.

Mod: The following article ran on the Huffington Post site on Feb. 2nd of this year.

Donald Trump Defends Far-Right Troll Milo Yiannopoulos (Huffington Post link): President Donald Trump lashed out at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday after the school canceled an appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, had been invited to speak at the university by the Berkeley College Republicans, but Wednesday’s event was called off after protests against him turned violent. Trump didn’t refer to Yiannopoulos by name, instead referring to “innocent people with a different point of view.”

Over 1,000 people gathered on Wednesday to protest Yiannopoulos, who was kicked off Twitter last year after he led a brutal harassment campaign against comedian Leslie Jones. The Breitbart editor, the self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet,” has been accused of using hate speech to incite his followers.

“In our view, Mr. Yiannopoulos is a troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to ‘entertain,’ but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas,” Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement last week, noting that it’s unconstitutional for public institutions to ban “expression based on its content or viewpoints, even when those viewpoints are hateful or discriminatory.”

Yiannopoulos is a vocal supporter of the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement.

Mod: It looks like UC Berkeley was right, and Donald Trump wrong.

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66 comments:

  1. What can you do in your daily life to challenge your brain?

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    1. Read.Read anything and everything......

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  2. Thanks for the conformation; almost all Journalists are supporting the alt-left.
    Just as this Congress is divided, so are those in the media.
    Thankfully the American people are intellectual and base decisions on what their "gut" tells them.
    Let the games of "he said, she said" continue; makes good comic relief in such troubled times, and may the best "ratings" win; after all, it's the American public paying the bills for the alt-left and alt-right.

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    1. Blame the messenger. Offer no proof to counter what the article says. Claim the media is supported by taxpayer dollars and then expect to be taken seriously. My gut tells me you're from Moscow. Or any nuthouse.

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    2. My "gut" tells me I ate too much pizza last night I am an intellectual?
      You really understand nothing about my country we embrace diversity and freedom

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    3. There is no 'alt-left'- it's a radicalized right wing talking point you keep spouting here but no one believes you. No brains no guts, just happened to be at 5 in the morning ready to push along the daily talking points you've been given

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  3. There was an entire steaming batch of crazy middle of the night troll posts. But this one is so hilarious it needs to be pointed out.

    "What's hilarious is all of these left wing talking points have long been debunked. There were absolutely rapid fire auto weapons in development at the time of the Constitution."

    Wacky.

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    1. Technically that is true when referring to the Soviet constitution.

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    2. It is easy to understand why the poor troll might have been confused.

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  4. Following experts to form your opinion is almost impossible to refute as an expert is "that person you already agree with."

    What is really missing for many is critical thinking. Listening to enough of the argument on both sides to gather an informed opinion.

    You are entitled to your own opinion but not to your own facts (ie 'rapid fire auto weapons at time of Constitution"). Truth is being distorted by the hateful prejudices of the neoNazis, neoKKK, neoWhiteSupremacists.

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    1. One of the troubles facing Americans is that they are conditioned to polarize everything. That there can only be two sides, and those two viewpoints are often created by the powers that be and not the true perspectives of the people

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  5. Tokyo Rose: you could have easily said; truth is being distorted by the hateful prejudices of the neoBlacklivesmatter, Alt-left Radicals, ski masked wearing Elitists.

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    1. Sure, Milo. You could say anything, And you do. Which more often than not makes your wooden nose grow.

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  6. Best symbolic $250,000 thousand dollars spent. VP Pence puts the spotlight back on respecting our Flag.
    If the NFL wants to protest injustice; then the ticket prices they charge are number one.

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    1. Your taxpayer dollars at work. Can't stop Obamacare, can't do tax reform, can't shut North Korea up. But Pencey can sure put on a pout at a Colts game.

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    2. The players protest racial injustice not the NFL stupid.

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    3. Our flag is but a piece of cloth,it is the symbolism and freedom it represents that Americans rejoice in. That is what is being perverted by the current regime, that is what we protest. You wouldn't know or even have a clue.........

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  7. I might add that Steve Bunion is nothing but a racists Pig along with his former boss (orange carrot head)suggested course of action clean out the filth and drain the Trump-Racists swamp ASAP.

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  8. 8:34am. That's not why I canceled my ESPN package.
    I am not going to pay money to watch a protest; wrong venue for any injustices these young people feel they need to highlight.
    Community awareness of Law Enforcement, Mentoring Youth, investing their paychecks to build parks and keep kids off the mean streets. These would make more of a statement.
    Too easy to disrespect American values, when you take the lazy inexpensive way out and drop on a knee during the televised opening of a game; that I no longer will watch.

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    1. I agree. Pence's antics were way out of line.

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    2. OK watch soap operas and sit com reruns from the 70's, maybe a little am talk radio.....

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    3. There is no such thing as an ESPN sports package. Are you the same guy that blindly worships my flag?

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    4. Amen, op! Spare me lectures from overpaid crybabies

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    5. Yes. Somebody get Pence a wet nap.

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    6. It's actually a white supremacist attempt to change the symbolism of kneeling during the anthem as act act of disrespect for the flag rather than an act of civil rights.

      Only idiots and racists think it's about 'respecting the flag'

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  9. 8:42am. Please re explain.

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  10. Chuck & Nancy; DACA or not to DACA? Now it's your call.

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    1. You really,really don't understand America,or how our government functions.

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    2. Probably not from here.

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    3. 9:47...our government hasn't functioned for the last 20-25 years.

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    4. So much for Russia.

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    5. It has functioned. You might not like the outcome but there are elections. I would ask: have voted in each and every election? Discussions on each and every controversy on the outcome of those elections. Take a good hard look at the rest of the world and see where else you might like to live and particpate in those governments. Most you would chose are close to ours, none is perfect, all are filled with people of differing mindsets. To say we are becoming more and more polarized is just not true. I have never been able to accept the Republican Platform and I am a registered and consistently voting Democrat. I would say it is that we are becoming more and more incapable of expressing our differences with respect. I do believe this is the result of the current crash nature of the current president and the current nature of slash and burn social media.

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    6. Bush wasn't elected- decide by a stacked Supreme Court rather than popular vote- that got us 9/11, the still ongoing attack in Afghanistan, the false-flag attack on Iraq including the Abu grhaib and Guantanamo debacles which created ISIS, and the creation of homeland security - now our largest government bureaucracy. Don't forget the Great Recession bush regime cause by pushing the housing bubble.

      Trump wasn't elected ether- win determined by stacked electoral college. This is causing further world destabilization, loss of American respect around the world, rise in domestic terrorism, and who knows what lies ahead.

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  11. Dems choosing to battle arguments about gun control vs mental health; this party continues to be out of touch with realities on what's happening now.

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    1. Keep stockpiling your batteries, rice and ammunition for the great apocalypse

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  12. As 6:54 am said: Read.Read anything and everything......Try to stop "making things up" educate yourself.

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    1. People need to quit blaming the messenger. I trust the media a lot more than I trust Trump and his weird little nazi buddies.

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  13. 6:49 I think you're wrong about 5:59. I think he's from Saint Petersburg, not Moscow.

    We can agree, though, that despite his lack of command of the English language and/or faulty translation to English from Russian, he exhibits extremely poor critical thinking skills and logic.

    Leaving aside his political leanings, he states "almost all Journalists are supporting the alt-left" and in the very next sentence says that the media is divided. So which is it, "almost all" in media take a particular position, or are they divided?

    He next says that Americans are intellectual, and then says they base decisions on their gut. So which is it, intellectual or gut?

    One has to wonder whether 5:59 is a moron or is he an imbecile?

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  14. AnonymousOctober 9, 2017 at 10:13 AM states:

    9:47...our government hasn't functioned for the last 20-25 years.

    I didn't realize that.I guess Reagan,G.W Bush,Dubya Bush,Clinton,and Obama did nothing who woulda thunk. Seems to be doing quite well actually. Have you possibly been here a short time?

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  15. Depends if the author is bias in their interpretations of facts; freedom of choice with what my greenbacks will support.

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  16. Gutless individuals the left leaning!

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    1. ...Says the anonymous desktop pundit

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  17. 10:20am. Stop the hate, I like borscht.

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  18. 10:48am. Good for you, we should all promote English as the first language in the US of A.

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    1. HELL NO! Freedom of speech our most important amendment. That's why it's number one. if you can't handle free speech u belong elsewhere

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    2. When everyone gets to say what they want, who would care? Once Milo got to go to Berkeley and shoot his stupid mouth off, the world yawned. Just another troll. In the end it was a non-event.

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    3. I still say, when they guys are scheduled to talk, I mean spew their idiocy and derogatory screed, buy up all the "tickets" and take a seat. When the verbal rot begins stand up and turn your back.

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  19. https://www.digipo.io/wiki/commons/when-did-we-begin-standing-for-the-national-anthem.htm

    Standing for the National Anthem shoud be an anathema to those of the "we shall never forget" and "the south shall rise again..." Oh, lordy, folks should not have slept through their history lessons...

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  20. 11:56am NFL; 1st Corinthians 16 ?

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  21. Regardless of where one stands RE: Colin Kaepernick deciding to sit out the "Star-Spangled Banner" one shouldn't be misled into thinking this is a longstanding tradition Kaepernick is sitting out.

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    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed this morning the practice began in 2009, adding, "As you know, the NFL has a long tradition of patriotism. Players are encouraged but not required to stand for the anthem.

    Before 2009, teams would generally wait out the national anthem in the locker room. While it is not clear why the change was made, it's noteworthy that the military has a history of paying the NFL for sponsored acts of patriotism, and it's possible this may have had some influence on the perpetuation of the practice.

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    1. Exactly- it's all Propaganda from a corrupt military

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  22. NFL:pay the crybabies less money, have the kids remain in the locker room until their job of playing ball begins, the Military should cut any ties with with sponsoring the NFL and support the National pastime of watching Baseball.
    Use to enjoy Superball Sunday when real players took the field.

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    1. With all that is going on in the world right now how can you possibly give a crap about this nonsense? Is your head really that empty?

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    2. Sounds like your the one crying.

      But, yes, the military should cut ties with the NFL… They have no business interfering with our day-to-day life

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    3. Go salute your TV and please stop whining.

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    4. Head as empty as that of a typical pro baseball player. At least most football players go to college.

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  23. Constitutional amendment: sign the pettion in November to repeal the car and gas tax.

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    1. Why? I don't own or drive a car. You should be taxed to pay for all the roads, traffic lights, medi maintenance, policing and cleaning.

      Why should you get that free?

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    2. Idiot. No such thing. Talking to the dog again?

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  24. 2:43pm. What is happening in the world? Does the world respect the United States? Why should we care? Football players don't care.
    My head is as empty as theirs I suppose; or is it the same? I don't care about worldly issues.
    I do not wish to respect the flag, I will use it as a symbol of what? What is un American?

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  25. Nothing but neo Nazis and racists go for that stupid Trump. Impeach.

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  26. This info is invaluable. When can I find out
    more?

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  27. The Sierra Madre Tattler has become the Los Angeles Times.

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