Two more Breitbart News staffers resigned on Monday, citing concerns over the conservative news website’s approach to covering Donald Trump and the outlet’s “integrity.”
Their resignations follow those of Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro, both of whom criticized Breitbart News for not supporting Fields after she alleged that Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, grabbed her arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the Republican presidential candidate a question last week.
JUST IN – Jordan Schachtel and Jarrett Stepman have also resigned from Breitbart pic.twitter.com/ViA1PFuDJr
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The two staffers who resigned on Monday wrote in statements that Breitbart has been publishing propaganda for the Trump campaign.
“The company no longer resembles the ideals that inspired me to start writing for them three years ago. Some of us have been fighting behind the scenes against the party-line Trump propaganda for some time, but without any success, unfortunately,” Jordan Schachtel, a national security correspondent, wrote in a statement to Politico.
“Breitbart News is no longer a journalistic enterprise, but instead, in my opinion, something an unaffiliated media Super PAC for the trump campaign. I signed my contract to work as a journalist, not as a member of the Donald J. Trump for President media network,” he continued. “As recent events have proven, there is no longer a pout in trying to reform the company from within, so I must step aside with my dignity intact.”
Joran Stepman, an editor, echoed Schachtel’s concerns in a statement to Politico.
“Breitbart News has always been open about being grassroots, conservative publication, but in my opinion we are working with or perhaps even taking direction from a presidential campaign, which is unacceptable journalistic behavior. I believe Breitbart News is becoming less of a news site and more of a propaganda organization dedicated to the Trump campaign,” Stepman wrote. “I believe in the integrity of Breitbart News, my own personal integrity, and the legacy of Andrew Breitbart are at state, which is why I had to resign.”