Breitbart Editor Runs Story Casting Doubt on His Own Reporter’s Assault Allegaton
While Breitbart management have put out statements saying they are 100% behind their reporter Michelle Fields and her allegation that she was assaulted by Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, senior editor-at-large Joel Pollak published a piece defending Lewandowski.
“New video of Donald Trump’s press conference Tuesday evening shows that the Washington Post’s account of an altercation involving Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields could not possibly have happened as Ben Terris reported,” Pollak argues. He claims that video shows it was more likely that Fields was assaulted by a Secret Service agent.
Pollak notes that there was another “man with short-cropped hair and a suit” walking alongside Trump who resembled Lewandowski. No video of the moment Fields was grabbed exists yet, but Pollak argues that judging by the positions of the two men and the fact that Lewandowski denied it, the Secret Service agent is the “likeliest explanation.”
The Washington Post‘s Terris immediately countered Pollak’s piece. “I saw what I saw,” he told Erik Wemple. Terris says he had his “eyes trained on Corey Lewandowski,” because he was there to profile Trump’s campaign team, Lewandowski in particular.
In one video taken of the incident, Lewandowski can be seen speaking to Terris (the man in the checkered shirt) immediately after Fields suddenly falls backwards out of frame.
It’s also worth noting that the Daily Beast reported, citing anonymous sources, that Lewandowski apologized to Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle, saying he wouldn’t have pulled her down if he had realized where she worked. Boyle has yet to weigh in to either defend or contradict his colleague.
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