Breitbart Suspends Reporter Who Implied Co-Worker Lied About Being Attacked By Trump Staffer

Howley-e1412367866479Breitbart announced Thursday that Patrick Howley, the reporter who publicly doubted whether or not his colleague Michelle Fields was actually manhandled by Donald Trump‘s campaign manager, has been suspended.

In a series of tweets, Howley implied Fields was lying when she claimed to have been physically dragged to the ground by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. “I think the reporter whose shoulder allegedly got grabbed should release video of the incident,” he tweeted.

“Patrick Howley was speaking for himself and not for Breitbart News,” the conservative website said in a statement to Mediaite. “Senior Management at Breitbart News believes his comments were inappropriate and has decided to suspend him indefinitely effective immediately.”

“Breitbart continues to stand 100% with Michelle Fields and believes that Corey Lewandowski must accept responsibility for his actions and apologize,” they conclude.

Breitbart’s punishment of Howley comes after they received some criticism for their initial response, which critics like Mediaite’s Joe Concha denounced as too tepid. Editor-at-large Ben Shapiro took a harsher tone on Twitter, calling for Lewandowski to be fired and for Fields to file charges.

UPDATE (3/14/16): Howley tweeted the following Monday that he has been reinstated.

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