Sunday 4 December 2016

Journalist 'roughed up' at rally quits job in row with boss

Alex Smith in New York

Published 15/03/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump at a rally in North Carolina
Donald Trump at a rally in North Carolina

A JOURNALIST who was allegedly 'roughed up' last week at a Donald Trump press conference has quit her job at conservative website 'The Breitbart News', saying she couldn't work for an organisation that doesn't support her.

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Michelle Fields, who said she was grabbed by Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as she attempted to question the candidate last Tuesday in Florida, was joined in her resignation by a Breitbart editor, Ben Shapiro.

Police in Jupiter, Florida, say their investigation of the incident is ongoing. No charges have been filed.

Mr Lewandowski denied the allegation. Trump told CNN that the incident, which was also witnessed by a reporter from the 'Washington Post', had probably been "made up".

After initially publishing Ms Fields' account, Breitbart posted a story doubting its own report, saying the "likeliest explanation" was that Fields had been grabbed by a security officer, not Mr Lewandowski.

Mr Shapiro, in a statement first reported by BuzzFeed News, said Breitbart did not support Ms Fields beyond tepidly asking for an apology.

"In the ultimate indignity, they undermined Michelle completely by running a poorly evidenced conspiracy theory as their lead story," he wrote.

Mr Shapiro called Breitbart's chief executive, Stephen Bannon, a bully who had shaped the company into "Trump's personal Pravda".

Mr Bannon refused to comment.

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