Breitbart editor admits he was wrong about Trump campaign manager leaving bruises on reporter

 Trump campaign manager charged with battery for grabbing reporter's arm
Trump campaign manager charged with battery for grabbing reporter's arm

The Breitbart editor who cast doubt on his former reporter's accusations of battery against Donald Trump's campaign manager has relented, admitting he was wrong.

Joel Pollak, an editor-at-large for Breitbart who had penned a long — and now much changed — article that attempted to cast doubts on the claim of Fields by analyzing video evidence, has admitted that new evidence backs the claims of Michelle Fields.

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Pollak had previously conceded that he had reached out to the Trump campaign for a job as a speechwriter.

In early March, Michelle Fields, then a Breitbart reporter, said that Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed her arm forcefully.

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The accusations set off an internal battle within Breitbart. Many of Fields' colleagues wanted to support her. Several staffers, including an editor and Breitbart's PR manager as well as Fields herself, quit their jobs in protest of Breitbart's refusal to believe Fields.

The publication and its editors had other plans, telling reporters to stay quiet and then publishing a screed that cast doubt on Fields.

On Tuesday, those journalists were vindicated. The Trump staffer, Corey Lewandowski, now faces assault charges related to the incident. Video released by the Jupiter, Florida, police department appears to back the claim of Fields.

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The revelation leaves Breitbart in a difficult position.

Pollak penned the article that attempted to cast doubt on Fields. The article ended up accomplishing little other than calling into question the loyalties of Breitbart and its relationship with the Trump campaign.

Pollak had also reportedly told staffers not to discuss the situation publicly.

Mashable requested comment from Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, who has not yet responded.

Following the incident, Fields filed a criminal complaint against Lewandwoski following the incident. Some video had emerged from the event, but little that did much to either confirm or contradict the claim of Fields.

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Trump had previously said "nothing happened," according to his Secret Service agents, and said he thought Fields fabricated the story. He continued to deny Lewandowski did anything wrong in the face of video evidence.

Fields responded that Trump was lying.

That proved to be one of the few times Trump spoke about the situation, partially because in dozens of interviews with a variety of media outlets he was never asked about it.

Meanwhile, Breitbart staffers were fed up.

That Friday, Breitbart spokesperson Kurt Bardella resigned and called out the company for lying. He also said that its coverage had purposefully favored Trump.

The next Monday, Fields resigned.

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"I do not believe Breitbart News has adequately stood by me during the events of the past week and because of that I believe it is now best for us to part ways," Fields told BuzzFeed News.

Ben Shapiro, and editor-at-large for Breitbart, also left. His move was followed by a post from Breitbart that mocked Shapiro and appeared under his father's penname. The post was quickly removed.

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That same day, two other staffers resigned — national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel and editor Jarret Stepman.

Schachtel issued one of the strongest rebukes of Breitbart saying in a statement that site had veered away from journalism and toward "party-line Trump propaganda."