Buzzfeed Has “Sources” That Says Breitbart News Has Taken Payola From Trump In Exchange For Glowing Reportage


According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, editors and writers at the outlet have privately complained since at least last year that the company’s top management was allowing Trump to turn Breitbart into his own fan website — using it to hype his political prospects and attack his enemies. One current editor called the water-carrying “despicable” and “embarrassing,” and said he was told by an executive last year that the company had a financial arrangement with Trump.

A second Breitbart staffer said he had heard a similar description of the site’s relationship with the billionaire but didn’t know the details; and a third source at the company said he knew of several instances when managers had overruled editors at Trump’s behest. Additionally, a conservative communications operative who works closely with Breitbart described conversations in which “multiple writers and editors” said Trump was paying for the ability to shape coverage, and added that one staffer claimed to have seen documentation of the “pay for play.”

All four sources spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize their jobs; and none knew exactly how Trump’s alleged arrangement with the privately held company worked.


21 Comments on Buzzfeed Has “Sources” That Says Breitbart News Has Taken Payola From Trump In Exchange For Glowing Reportage

  1. Call 60 Minutes, a conservative news site runs favorable stories about a candidate who is advancing conservative principles.

    Bannon is a pretty conservative guy himself and he flat out said there’s no quid pro quo. True? Who cares? I don’t.

    Breitbart has consistently supported conservatives-Palin, Cruz, Sessions…and their comment section is pretty much uncensored. I like the site.

    Besides you’re going to try and tell me that KOS or Common Dreams or DU or FDL aren’t getting some cash from their side of the aisle. Sheesh, what’s the big deal?

    Or how about FOX whose anchors must live in Mudoch’s asscrack and when he says take down Trump, they toadie up.

    The informed among us take all of this information through a filter and hopefully arrive at some coherent thinking.

  2. Breitbart carrying water for Trump? Really?….
    Someone ought to get CBS, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, Gawker, Huff PO, and the rest of the democratic water carriers right on that one.

  3. Seen some articles over there which were quite critical of The Donald which make it really fun reading the comments, even join in sometimes.

    Just goes to show – it you can’t find, don’t like or don’t know THE TRUTH, make shit up!

  4. stalk·ing horse:
    1. a screen traditionally made in the shape of a horse behind which a hunter can stay concealed when stalking prey.
    2. a false pretext concealing someone’s real intentions.
    3. a political candidate who runs only in order to provoke the election and thus allow a stronger candidate to come forward.

    Breitbart is playing the game, Buzzfeed, and you are three moves behind, apparently.

  5. if it’s true why the big deal?
    don’t the democrats have the msm for spreading their propaganda?
    trumps a business man. of course he will ply to win.
    if your trusting the news media for your information your only getting half the story anyway, the half they want you to know.

  6. The fear is great among the politician buyers. Trump knows all the plays in the playbook and must be taken out a all costs.
    Read Trump’s 2011 book “Time to get Tough” and tell me with a straight face Trump doesn’t have substance behind his promise to “Make America Great Again”.

  7. I don’t get it. I donate to this site and am allowed to comment as farcically or seriously as I choose. Am I “buying influence” with iOTWReport? To tell the truth, I’d love to see Trump donate $1 million (or more) to iOTW each month. I don’t believe the articles or the comments would change 1 iota.

    (How was that, Mr. Hat? Do I get a free coffee mug?)

  8. And the other Repub candidates wished they’d thought of it first. Most of them wished they’d even thought of it at all.

    At least the Dems know how to use mass marketing…

  9. Without names, without a money trail, without confirmation…it becomes another modern day journalist fairy tale. Imagine this, Buzzfeed has yet to uncover Hillary links, Clinton Foundation ties, Media Matters pay, Soros cash. Something tells me Trump/Breitbart would be the 1st time it has ever happened.

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