After Latest Trump Clash, Can CNN’s Jim Acosta Still Do His Job?

Donald Trump would probably be delighted if Jim Acosta — the CNN correspondent he called “a terrible person” on Wednesday — stopped covering him. But media experts are split on whether the insult created such a conflict of interest that Acosta should move off the White House beat.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said to Acosta during a briefing Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

The insult brought vigorous support of Acosta from CNN, but also calls from the right for Acosta to move on. Acosta has repeatedly criticized Trump officials, including spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and taken Trump to task for calling the news media, including CNN, the “enemy of the people.”

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“If Acosta’s job is to be an objective journalist, he’s terrible at it. If it’s to make headlines about Jim Acosta, he’s terrific at it,” Daily Wire founder and editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro told TheWrap. “Of course CNN should replace him — he has not elicited a productive answer from the White House in months, he’s lending credence to the chief criticisms of CNN, and he’s reveling in the attention he receives.”

In a statement, CNN said Acosta isn’t going anywhere.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.
“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

Wednesday’s clash came as Acosta pressed Trump about the so-called migrant caravan, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

Trump told Acosta: “I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question as a White House aide tried to take away the microphone. Trump chided Acosta: “That’s enough.”

The president then added: “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

When NBC’s Peter Alexander began a question by defending Acosta as a “diligent reporter,” Trump replied, “I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”

Playboy columnist Art Tavana said the clash between Trump and Acosta resulted from both Acosta’s “self-aggrandizing activism” and Trump’s “Hindenburg-sized ego,” which “won’t allow him a moment of humility to conduct himself in a presidential manner and quiet the ‘fake news’ twaddle.”

Tavana said the White House press corps would benefit from “more moderate conservatives and levelheaded liberals”  in its ranks.

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But Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, said Acosta was doing exactly what journalists should do.

“Of course, he can still do his job. In that clip he is doing his job,” Jarvis told TheWrap. “That’s called reporting. I wish we saw a hell of a lot more of it.”

New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens said Acosta “performed a service” and should be commended.

“In trying to do his job, which is to ask sometimes difficult questions of whomever is president, he has exposed the level of hostility, evasion and dissembling to which the current president can descend,” Stephens said.

President Trump arguing with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday at the White House (via Getty Images)

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In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” Trump has blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.”  Acosta called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month. He has also called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders on multiple occasions, saying the White House press secretary doesn’t always “state the facts.” 

“I wouldn’t put productive and a Sarah Sanders briefing in the same sentence,” Acosta said at the CNN panel event last month.

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Donald Trump would probably be delighted if Jim Acosta — the CNN correspondent he called “a terrible person” on Wednesday — stopped covering him. But media experts are split on whether the insult created such a conflict of interest that Acosta should move off the White House beat.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them,” Trump said to Acosta during a briefing Wednesday. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee is horrible. The way you treat other people are horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

The insult brought vigorous support of Acosta from CNN, but also calls from the right for Acosta to move on. Acosta has repeatedly criticized Trump officials, including spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and taken Trump to task for calling the news media, including CNN, the “enemy of the people.”

“If Acosta’s job is to be an objective journalist, he’s terrible at it. If it’s to make headlines about Jim Acosta, he’s terrific at it,” Daily Wire founder and editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro told TheWrap. “Of course CNN should replace him — he has not elicited a productive answer from the White House in months, he’s lending credence to the chief criticisms of CNN, and he’s reveling in the attention he receives.”

In a statement, CNN said Acosta isn’t going anywhere.

“This president’s ongoing attacks on the press have gone too far. They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” the network said in a statement.
“While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

Wednesday’s clash came as Acosta pressed Trump about the so-called migrant caravan, challenging the president’s assertion that it is “an invasion” of the United States.

Trump told Acosta: “I think you should let me run the country, you run CNN, and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

Acosta tried to ask a follow-up question as a White House aide tried to take away the microphone. Trump chided Acosta: “That’s enough.”

The president then added: “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.”

When NBC’s Peter Alexander began a question by defending Acosta as a “diligent reporter,” Trump replied, “I’m not a big fan of yours, either.”

Playboy columnist Art Tavana said the clash between Trump and Acosta resulted from both Acosta’s “self-aggrandizing activism” and Trump’s “Hindenburg-sized ego,” which “won’t allow him a moment of humility to conduct himself in a presidential manner and quiet the ‘fake news’ twaddle.”

Tavana said the White House press corps would benefit from “more moderate conservatives and levelheaded liberals”  in its ranks.

But Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, said Acosta was doing exactly what journalists should do.

“Of course, he can still do his job. In that clip he is doing his job,” Jarvis told TheWrap. “That’s called reporting. I wish we saw a hell of a lot more of it.”

New York University journalism professor Mitchell Stephens said Acosta “performed a service” and should be commended.

“In trying to do his job, which is to ask sometimes difficult questions of whomever is president, he has exposed the level of hostility, evasion and dissembling to which the current president can descend,” Stephens said.

President Trump arguing with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Wednesday at the White House (via Getty Images)

In June, Acosta pressed the president several times on whether he’d stop calling the media “the enemy of the people.” Trump has blasted Acosta and CNN on multiple occasions as “fake news.”  Acosta called Trump “a dishonest, deceptive person” at a CNN panel discussion in New York last month. He has also called out Sarah Huckabee Sanders on multiple occasions, saying the White House press secretary doesn’t always “state the facts.” 

“I wouldn’t put productive and a Sarah Sanders briefing in the same sentence,” Acosta said at the CNN panel event last month.

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Spotify Makes Play for More Podcasts With New Program

Calling all podcasters: Spotify is testing a new program that aims to significantly increase the number of podcasts it offers.
The new program — aptly titled “Spotify for Podcasters” — will let podcasters “easily” sh…

Calling all podcasters: Spotify is testing a new program that aims to significantly increase the number of podcasts it offers.

The new program — aptly titled “Spotify for Podcasters” — will let podcasters “easily” share their feeds with Spotify and reach its 180 million users, the Stockholm-based company said in a Wednesday blog post. “For podcasters who run active podcasts and continue to publish episodes, new episodes will instantly be added to Spotify as soon as podcasters upload them to their host or aggregator,” the company said.

Spotify hopes to lure in more podcasts by offering several audience measurement tools — including stats on listener demographics, listener locations, and engagement.

While already grappling with Apple on the music battlefield, Spotify has increasingly looked to stake its claim to the growing podcast industry. Spotify started its push into original podcasts last year and recently launched its first branded original podcast series.

It makes sense why Spotify is doubling down on podcasts: U.S. podcasts pulled in $314 million in revenue in 2017, an 86 percent increase from the previous year. That’s bolstered by podcasts continuing to grow in popularity, with 17 percent of Americans 12 and older listening to a podcast on a weekly basis — up from 7 percent in 2013 — according to Pew Research Center.

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Ben Shapiro Accuses Alyssa Milano of ‘Sexism’: ‘White Men Are Presumed Guilty’

Ben Shapiro went after Alyssa Milano on Wednesday, criticizing the actress and accusing her of “sexism” over remarks she made earlier that day.

“It’s kind of shocking to suggest that due process shouldn’t apply to men. That is the essence of sexism. The idea that certain rules should not apply to people on the basis of their genetics. That’s obviously discrimination of the highest order,” Shapiro said during an appearance on Fox News.

“But this is the world in which we now live, in which white men are presumed guilty because they are white men … because they are supposedly in a position of privilege,” he added.

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In the moments before Shapiro spoke, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum played footage of an interview Milano gave on MSNBC earlier that day in which she seemed to dismiss the concerns of men in the #MeToo era.

“Women, young people have had it difficult for generations and generations and generations and we will not be silenced any longer and that means if men have a hard time right now, then I’m sorry, this is the way the pendulum has to shift,” said Milano in the interview, in which she also warned that President Trump was using a “cult like force” to manipulate the American people.

“It really is the left that thinks in terms of race and sex rather than in terms of individual terms of guilt or innocence,” said Shapiro — echoing an argument often heard on Fox News.

Milano has taken a vocal stand against Brett Kavanaugh, stirring conservative ire. She appeared at his Senate testimony last Thursday where her live Twitter commentary went viral.

A rep for Milano did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap on Shapiro’s comments.

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Ben Shapiro went after Alyssa Milano on Wednesday, criticizing the actress and accusing her of “sexism” over remarks she made earlier that day.

“It’s kind of shocking to suggest that due process shouldn’t apply to men. That is the essence of sexism. The idea that certain rules should not apply to people on the basis of their genetics. That’s obviously discrimination of the highest order,” Shapiro said during an appearance on Fox News.

“But this is the world in which we now live, in which white men are presumed guilty because they are white men … because they are supposedly in a position of privilege,” he added.

In the moments before Shapiro spoke, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum played footage of an interview Milano gave on MSNBC earlier that day in which she seemed to dismiss the concerns of men in the #MeToo era.

“Women, young people have had it difficult for generations and generations and generations and we will not be silenced any longer and that means if men have a hard time right now, then I’m sorry, this is the way the pendulum has to shift,” said Milano in the interview, in which she also warned that President Trump was using a “cult like force” to manipulate the American people.

“It really is the left that thinks in terms of race and sex rather than in terms of individual terms of guilt or innocence,” said Shapiro — echoing an argument often heard on Fox News.

Milano has taken a vocal stand against Brett Kavanaugh, stirring conservative ire. She appeared at his Senate testimony last Thursday where her live Twitter commentary went viral.

A rep for Milano did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap on Shapiro’s comments.

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Fox News Hires Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro to Host Series on 2018 Midterms

Fox News has hired conservative media publisher Ben Shapiro to host a four-episode series focusing on the 2018 midterm election, the network announced Monday.

“The Ben Shapiro Election Special” is slated to run on Sunday evenings at 8 pm beginning on Sept. 23.

“Ben is a rising star in conservative political commentary and we are excited to add his signature style and well thought out viewpoint to our pre-election weekend lineup,” John Finley, Fox’s senior vice president of development and production, said in a statement.

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In a statement to TheWrap, Shapiro said he was looking forward to bringing his own signature brand of liberal-baiting commentary to the country’s most watched news network.

“This election is critical for the country, and it will be hotly-debated and contested from every angle,” he said via email.  “I’m incredibly excited to bring facts, not feelings to the airwaves, and I’m excited that Fox News is partnering with us to do that!”

This is Shapiro’s first official affiliation with the network, though he frequently appears on the channel as a guest.

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After leaving Breitbart News, where he worked as an editor in 2016, Shapiro rose rapidly in the ranks of GOP media, founding his own conservative website, RealDailyWire, with the help of Texas billionaire fracking barons Levi and Farris Wilks.

Shapiro also produces a successful podcast and is one of the more viral journalists and pundits on Twitter. A gushing New York Times profile from November 2017 called him a “cool kid’s philosopher.”

Shapiro is also a deeply polarizing figure, widely derided in liberal circles for his outspoken conservative beliefs. Left-wing media figures seeking common ground with Shapiro have faced swift blowback. Most recently, actor-director Mark Duplass apologized to his fans after praising Shapiro’s character in a tweet.

“I’m really sorry,” Duplass wrote on Twitter after a brutal backlash in July. “I now understand that I need to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that. I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism homophobia, xenophobia or any such form of intolerance.”

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Fox News has hired conservative media publisher Ben Shapiro to host a four-episode series focusing on the 2018 midterm election, the network announced Monday.

“The Ben Shapiro Election Special” is slated to run on Sunday evenings at 8 pm beginning on Sept. 23.

“Ben is a rising star in conservative political commentary and we are excited to add his signature style and well thought out viewpoint to our pre-election weekend lineup,” John Finley, Fox’s senior vice president of development and production, said in a statement.

In a statement to TheWrap, Shapiro said he was looking forward to bringing his own signature brand of liberal-baiting commentary to the country’s most watched news network.

“This election is critical for the country, and it will be hotly-debated and contested from every angle,” he said via email.  “I’m incredibly excited to bring facts, not feelings to the airwaves, and I’m excited that Fox News is partnering with us to do that!”

This is Shapiro’s first official affiliation with the network, though he frequently appears on the channel as a guest.

After leaving Breitbart News, where he worked as an editor in 2016, Shapiro rose rapidly in the ranks of GOP media, founding his own conservative website, RealDailyWire, with the help of Texas billionaire fracking barons Levi and Farris Wilks.

Shapiro also produces a successful podcast and is one of the more viral journalists and pundits on Twitter. A gushing New York Times profile from November 2017 called him a “cool kid’s philosopher.”

Shapiro is also a deeply polarizing figure, widely derided in liberal circles for his outspoken conservative beliefs. Left-wing media figures seeking common ground with Shapiro have faced swift blowback. Most recently, actor-director Mark Duplass apologized to his fans after praising Shapiro’s character in a tweet.

“I’m really sorry,” Duplass wrote on Twitter after a brutal backlash in July. “I now understand that I need to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that. I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism homophobia, xenophobia or any such form of intolerance.”

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Ben Shapiro to Host Limited-Run Election Series on Fox News Channel

Conservative commentator Ben Shaprio will soon be holding forth for a time on Fox News Channel. The 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said Shapiro would host a four-episode series slated to run during the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections. T…

Conservative commentator Ben Shaprio will soon be holding forth for a time on Fox News Channel. The 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said Shapiro would host a four-episode series slated to run during the run-up to the 2018 mid-term elections. The series, “The Ben Shapiro Election Special.” will air for four consecutive weeks on Sundays […]

Politicon Convention Drops Milo Yiannopoulos After Social Media Backlash

Bipartisan convention Politicon has uninvited Milo Yiannopoulos from its annual confab in Los Angeles, the convention announced Thursday, after many voiced criticism over the commentator’s planned attendance.

“Milo is no longer booked for Politicon,” a spokesperson for the convention told TheWrap. “We’ve had a couple of changes and with two months to go to the convention, more names will be added and dropped. Anthony Scaramucci is also not attending due to a scheduling conflict. We have some more names soon to be confirmed and announced so we’ll make sure to let you know.”

When pressed, convention organizers clarified that Milo did not have a scheduling conflict, like Scaramucci, but had been actively dropped by the organization.

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The news was first reported exclusively on Twitter by RightWingWatch’s Jared Holt.

The decision came just hours after a social media campaign demanded that the organization scrub Milo from the festivities.

Y’all @Politicon is so ridiculously trash for inviting Milo Yiannopoulos this year. Like why do we need to hear from a white supremacist? And please stay out of my mentions with the “white supremacists are people too.” I can’t today. Last year… pic.twitter.com/WtDnSW5vVH

— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 22, 2018

WTF @Politicon?!

Milo?! Fucking Breitbart won’t even associate with him… pic.twitter.com/n275BFF3fg

— jordan (@JordanUhl) August 22, 2018

Amazed (but by no means surprised) that @Politicon has the audacity to promote their garbage event featuring open white supremacists like Tucker Carlson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Charlie Kirk WITH AN IMAGE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR pic.twitter.com/DdkHDwt0l2

— Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 23, 2018

politicon, the worst thing in the world, is on again this year and the lineup is somehow even worse than it was last year. milo will be there; he doesn’t seem to have a bio like others speakers https://t.co/8hEvp3u3nd

— libby watson (@libbycwatson) August 22, 2018

Who invited Milo pic.twitter.com/lKPSiEG1R2

— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 22, 2018

The gathering in Los Angeles, which is set for Oct. 20 and 21st, will still feature a host of prominent firebrand conservatives, including Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.

In a statement shared with TheWrap, Yiannopoulos said he was unconcerned by the cancellation.

“To others, who care only about reputation and avoiding humiliation, I guess this would be a blow. Personally I couldn’t give a s—” he said.

“I subject myself to this continuous hell because unlike the needy, vacuous, desperate grifters of conservative media, I actually care about my fans and the stuff I talk about. And no amount of cancellations from now until the end of time will ever deter me from trying. Next!,” Yiannopoulos added.

Yiannopoulos rose to prominence as tech editor at Breitbart and was at the height of his powers when he was undone in February 2017 by remarks from an old interview in which he appeared tp endorse pedophilia among gay men. He later apologized for the remarks in a press conference days later.

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Bipartisan convention Politicon has uninvited Milo Yiannopoulos from its annual confab in Los Angeles, the convention announced Thursday, after many voiced criticism over the commentator’s planned attendance.

“Milo is no longer booked for Politicon,” a spokesperson for the convention told TheWrap. “We’ve had a couple of changes and with two months to go to the convention, more names will be added and dropped. Anthony Scaramucci is also not attending due to a scheduling conflict. We have some more names soon to be confirmed and announced so we’ll make sure to let you know.”

When pressed, convention organizers clarified that Milo did not have a scheduling conflict, like Scaramucci, but had been actively dropped by the organization.

The news was first reported exclusively on Twitter by RightWingWatch’s Jared Holt.

The decision came just hours after a social media campaign demanded that the organization scrub Milo from the festivities.

The gathering in Los Angeles, which is set for Oct. 20 and 21st, will still feature a host of prominent firebrand conservatives, including Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro.

In a statement shared with TheWrap, Yiannopoulos said he was unconcerned by the cancellation.

“To others, who care only about reputation and avoiding humiliation, I guess this would be a blow. Personally I couldn’t give a s—” he said.

“I subject myself to this continuous hell because unlike the needy, vacuous, desperate grifters of conservative media, I actually care about my fans and the stuff I talk about. And no amount of cancellations from now until the end of time will ever deter me from trying. Next!,” Yiannopoulos added.

Yiannopoulos rose to prominence as tech editor at Breitbart and was at the height of his powers when he was undone in February 2017 by remarks from an old interview in which he appeared tp endorse pedophilia among gay men. He later apologized for the remarks in a press conference days later.

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Ben Shapiro Says Trump Should Face GOP Primary Challenge if N-Word Tape Exists

Ben Shapiro doesn’t know if there’s tape of President Donald Trump saying the N-word, but if there is, he said that the president would lose his support.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Daily Wire editor-in-chief said if a tape existed, he would support a primary challenger against Trump in 2020.

“If the tape exists, would you support a primary challenge to Trump.” a Twitter user asked.

“Yes,” Shapiro responded.

Yes. https://t.co/mtLpGM9SZg

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 14, 2018

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Shapiro was immediately challenged by fellow conservative John McCormack, a senior writer for the Weekly Standard.

“What if there were a tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals,” he shot back at Shapiro, which prompted a swift explanation.

“I didn’t vote for Trump last time, as you know, and ripped him ceaselessly for that,” Shapiro said. “But even the awfulness of that tape isn’t comparable to using the n-word. It just isn’t.”

I didn’t vote for Trump last time, as you know, and ripped him ceaselessly for that. But even the awfulness of that tape isn’t comparable to using the n-word. It just isn’t.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 14, 2018

Shapiro later elaborated even further after facing criticism from both sides.

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“So here’s the deal. Yes, saying the n-word is worse than the genitals tape, and his Charlottesville comments (both of which were disgusting). Also, I think it would generally be a tactical mistake to primary Trump, since the party would then rally against conservatives,” he said.

“There comes a point when the downside of a primary run (namely, the massive backlash against conservatives that would follow) is dramatically outweighed by the downside of another Trump top-of-the-ticket run. An n-word tape would shift that math.”

Rumors of Trump using the N-word in an old tape or recording garnered public attention again this week after former presidential aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said that she had heard the tape. Manigault Newman has been promoting her new book, “Unhinged,” and has released secretly recorded tapes she made during her time in the White House, including one that showed various White House aides discussing how to spin a potential N-word tape.

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On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she “can’t guarantee” that such a tape doesn’t exist. Trump himself has flatly denied the charge.

Shapiro, a former editor at Breitbart, had been one of Trump’s toughest critics during the primaries, but largely came around when he became president. He is on record saying that he would be inclined to support the president in 2020. Shapiro, who the New York Times famously called the “cool kid’s philosopher,” has seen his star rise in recent years, though he still remains a lightning rod for controversy.

Last month Hollywood director Mark Duplass was forced to apologize after praising Shapiro’s character.

“I’m really sorry,” Duplass wrote. “I now understand that I need to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that. I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism homophobia, xenophobia or any such form of intolerance.”

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Ben Shapiro doesn’t know if there’s tape of President Donald Trump saying the N-word, but if there is, he said that the president would lose his support.

In a series of tweets Tuesday, the Daily Wire editor-in-chief said if a tape existed, he would support a primary challenger against Trump in 2020.

“If the tape exists, would you support a primary challenge to Trump.” a Twitter user asked.

“Yes,” Shapiro responded.

Shapiro was immediately challenged by fellow conservative John McCormack, a senior writer for the Weekly Standard.

“What if there were a tape in which Trump bragged about grabbing women by the genitals,” he shot back at Shapiro, which prompted a swift explanation.

“I didn’t vote for Trump last time, as you know, and ripped him ceaselessly for that,” Shapiro said. “But even the awfulness of that tape isn’t comparable to using the n-word. It just isn’t.”

Shapiro later elaborated even further after facing criticism from both sides.

“So here’s the deal. Yes, saying the n-word is worse than the genitals tape, and his Charlottesville comments (both of which were disgusting). Also, I think it would generally be a tactical mistake to primary Trump, since the party would then rally against conservatives,” he said.

“There comes a point when the downside of a primary run (namely, the massive backlash against conservatives that would follow) is dramatically outweighed by the downside of another Trump top-of-the-ticket run. An n-word tape would shift that math.”

Rumors of Trump using the N-word in an old tape or recording garnered public attention again this week after former presidential aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said that she had heard the tape. Manigault Newman has been promoting her new book, “Unhinged,” and has released secretly recorded tapes she made during her time in the White House, including one that showed various White House aides discussing how to spin a potential N-word tape.

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said she “can’t guarantee” that such a tape doesn’t exist. Trump himself has flatly denied the charge.

Shapiro, a former editor at Breitbart, had been one of Trump’s toughest critics during the primaries, but largely came around when he became president. He is on record saying that he would be inclined to support the president in 2020. Shapiro, who the New York Times famously called the “cool kid’s philosopher,” has seen his star rise in recent years, though he still remains a lightning rod for controversy.

Last month Hollywood director Mark Duplass was forced to apologize after praising Shapiro’s character.

“I’m really sorry,” Duplass wrote. “I now understand that I need to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that. I want to be clear that I in no way endorse hatred, racism homophobia, xenophobia or any such form of intolerance.”

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Ben Shapiro Calls Disney’s Decision to Fire James Gunn Over Old Tweets a ‘Bad Precedent’

Newly-ousted “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has at least one defender, and it came from the most unlikely place: Conservative media star Ben Shapiro.

“I think @JamesGunn is an a–hole, as my exchange with him earlier this week made clear,” the Daily Wire editor-in-chief tweeted on Friday. “I also think that firing him for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake. There is no limiting principle to the outrage mob.”

I think @JamesGunn is an a**hole, as my exchange with him earlier this week made clear. I also think that firing him for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake. There is no limiting principle to the outrage mob. https://t.co/wtSFzrIUER

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 20, 2018

Also Read: Mark Duplass Apologizes for Praising Right-Wing Pundit Ben Shapiro: ‘That Tweet Was a Disaster’

Gunn, who helmed both “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies for Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, was dropped from the franchise Friday over old tweets.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Alan Horn, chairman of  Walt Disney Studios, in a statement.

Gunn apologized late Thursday after a series of old (now deleted) tweets resurfaced in which the filmmaker made what he admitted were “offensive” jokes about taboo topics like rape and pedophilia. “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” Gunn wrote in a series of tweets. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

Also Read: Mark Duplass Deletes Tweet Praising Ben Shapiro After Harassment Campaign: ‘Get the F- Out of Here’

Gunn frequently tweets about his opposition to President Donald Trump, and thus drew the ire of fans of the president such as right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who began posting a series of old tweets by Gunn, many subsequently deleted.

Online sleuths then dug up dozens of old tweets of the sort Gunn admitted were “offensive,” many from between 2008 and 2011.

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Newly-ousted “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has at least one defender, and it came from the most unlikely place: Conservative media star Ben Shapiro.

“I think @JamesGunn is an a–hole, as my exchange with him earlier this week made clear,” the Daily Wire editor-in-chief tweeted on Friday. “I also think that firing him for vile old joke tweets is bad precedent and a mistake. There is no limiting principle to the outrage mob.”

Gunn, who helmed both “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies for Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, was dropped from the franchise Friday over old tweets.

“The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Alan Horn, chairman of  Walt Disney Studios, in a statement.

Gunn apologized late Thursday after a series of old (now deleted) tweets resurfaced in which the filmmaker made what he admitted were “offensive” jokes about taboo topics like rape and pedophilia. “Many people who have followed my career know when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo,” Gunn wrote in a series of tweets. “As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.”

Gunn frequently tweets about his opposition to President Donald Trump, and thus drew the ire of fans of the president such as right-wing provocateur Mike Cernovich, who began posting a series of old tweets by Gunn, many subsequently deleted.

Online sleuths then dug up dozens of old tweets of the sort Gunn admitted were “offensive,” many from between 2008 and 2011.

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Mark Duplass Apologizes for ‘Disaster’ Tweet Praising Ben Shapiro

Actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass has apologized for initially praising the right-wing pundit and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro on Twitter and encouraging his followers to consider following Shapiro, stating that the tweet was a “disaster on many…

Actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass has apologized for initially praising the right-wing pundit and Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro on Twitter and encouraging his followers to consider following Shapiro, stating that the tweet was a “disaster on many levels.” “I’m really sorry,” Duplass tweeted Thursday morning. “I now understand that I need to be more […]

Mark Duplass Apologizes for Showing Ben Shapiro Support, Says ‘That Tweet Was A Disaster on Many Levels’

Duplass was criticized online after tweeting to liberals they should consider following conservative commentator Shapiro on Twitter.

Mark Duplass has issued a response to the backlash over his July 18 tweet supporting conservative commentator and The Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro. The filmmaker addressed liberals and suggested they consider “crossing the aisle” and following Shapiro on Twitter. Numerous writers were quick to point out Shapiro’s history of racist comments, including one tweet in which he blamed Trayvon Martin for getting himself shot and killed.

“I don’t agree with him on much be he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice,” Duplass wrote on Twitter. “He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

Following a wave of backlash, Duplass took to Twitter to admit the tweet was a “disaster on many levels” and to maintain he “in no way endorses hatred, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, or any such form of intolerance.”

“My goal has always been to spread unity, understanding and kindness,” Duplass wrote. “But I am going to make mistakes along the way. Sometimes I move too quickly when I get excited, or fail to do enough research, or I don’t communicant myself clearly. I’m really sorry. I now understand that I have to be more diligent and careful. I’m working on that.”

Duplass continued by saying he believes in “bi-partisan understanding” and promising to do his best to “promote peace and decency in the world right now.”

You can read Duplass’ full response in the note below.

Mark Duplass Deletes Tweet Praising Ben Shapiro After Harassment Campaign: ‘Get the F– Out of Here’

Mark Duplass was criticized for praising conservative media personality Ben Shapiro on Twitter on Wednesday. The screenwriter and actor ultimately deleted the tweet following backlash from liberals.

“Fellow liberal: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @BenShapiro.” Duplass said in the tweet. “I don’t agree with him on much but he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice. He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

Duplass may have had good intentions, but the liberals he addressed in the tweet took his call of “crossing the aisle” as a betrayal and bluntly told Duplass that conversing with Shapiro would not be tolerated.

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I wish I had the energy to drag Mark Duplass but I met my quota of arguing with guys who look like this at a liberal arts college ten years ago pic.twitter.com/u72BtG6yN8

— Alana Hope Levinson (@alanalevinson) July 18, 2018

Hey @MarkDuplass and other liberal celebrities PLEASE stop doing this. He delights in bending the truth. His intentions are not at all good. pic.twitter.com/EwC4yMo4gI

— Slade (@Slade) July 18, 2018

hey mark. hard pass. pic.twitter.com/9duJPp5yOq

– rob hoffman (@Rob_Hoffman) July 18, 2018

i wonder if, maybe, mark duplass just doesn’t know that much about what ben shapiro does and says

or, maybe he’s evil and bad and canceled or whatever. everyone else, you’re doing great being perfect and objectively good and right about everything please don’t hate me i need you

— Little Ben (@Buncahn) July 18, 2018

He thinks people like me are delusional, mentally ill monsters who don’t deserve legal protections. But sure, Mark, aside from that, he’s great. https://t.co/x3XU4o93KZ

— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 18, 2018

Actual liberal here: get the fuck out of here with this garbage take from Hell.

– Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) July 18, 2018

If you mean he helped you become better at transphobia and mocking the LGBTQ community, then totally.

– Natalie Finn (@natfinnonE) July 18, 2018

In response, Shapiro himself took a shot at the left following their public shaming of Duplass.

“Today’s Leftist lesson on Twitter: write a nice tweet about someone with whom you disagree politically, get labeled a racist sexist homophobe,” he said. “Good stuff, guys. Really showing that tolerant streak.”

Today’s Leftist lesson on Twitter: write a nice tweet about someone with whom you disagree politically, get labeled a racist sexist homophobe. Good stuff, guys. Really showing that tolerant streak.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 18, 2018

It remains unclear what Duplass thinks of the ordeal. He did not offer an explanation for the tweet or why he deleted it and did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TheWrap.

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Mark Duplass was criticized for praising conservative media personality Ben Shapiro on Twitter on Wednesday. The screenwriter and actor ultimately deleted the tweet following backlash from liberals.

“Fellow liberal: If you are interested at all in ‘crossing the aisle’ you should consider following @BenShapiro.” Duplass said in the tweet. “I don’t agree with him on much but he’s a genuine person who once helped me for no other reason than to be nice. He doesn’t bend the truth. His intentions are good.”

Duplass may have had good intentions, but the liberals he addressed in the tweet took his call of “crossing the aisle” as a betrayal and bluntly told Duplass that conversing with Shapiro would not be tolerated.

In response, Shapiro himself took a shot at the left following their public shaming of Duplass.

“Today’s Leftist lesson on Twitter: write a nice tweet about someone with whom you disagree politically, get labeled a racist sexist homophobe,” he said. “Good stuff, guys. Really showing that tolerant streak.”

It remains unclear what Duplass thinks of the ordeal. He did not offer an explanation for the tweet or why he deleted it and did not immediately respond to an inquiry from TheWrap.

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From Ben Shapiro to Glenn Beck, Here’s Who’s Winning and Losing in Right-Wing Media

In early 2011, Glenn Beck thrived in conservative media. Once a little-known anchor for HLN, he found his voice on Fox News, running neck-in-neck with Sean Hannity in the ratings and trading jabs with liberal icons like Jon Stewart.

Then, after a brutal and sustained advertiser boycott, Fox News fired him. New York Magazine reported that Fox News chief Roger Ailes worried Beck’s conspiracy theories had almost “engulfed” the network. Around the same time, a reality show star named Donald Trump began making regular appearances on “Fox & Friends.” You know how that turned out.

The different fortunes of Beck and Trump almost perfectly illustrate the unpredictable ups and downs of life in the public eye. In the years since Trump’s unlikely rise, one-time outsiders have climbed by clinging to his coattails. And one-time stars of the right have slipped.

Also Read: Top Breitbart Editor Exits, Teases Run for Mayor of London

Hannity didn’t just outlast Beck. Industry watchers consulted by TheWrap agree that he and the rest of Fox News now lead the pack in conservative media.

“Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jesse Waters and the rest of the pro-Trump editorial crowd at Fox are no doubt leading the way on the right at the moment,” said former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam.

“Hannity” is the top show in cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and 679,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. One reason for Hannity’s popularity on the right is his unabashed support for Trump.

No list of conservative media winners is complete without Matt Drudge. Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the media kingpin remains essential reading for much of the country, including news editors.

Matt Drudge

“He was smart enough to not mess with a good thing: He’s kept the same simplicity of the format and presentation of the site,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap.

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“Bells and whistles and different fonts and graphics could have been added, but he understands that people want a user-friendly site devoid of everything that annoys them when they get their news online elsewhere.”

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge was the 42nd most visited website in May — just above the New York Times, which was 43rd. He was well ahead of the Washington Post (64) and BuzzFeed (113), according to SimilarWeb.

Another online success story is Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who can be fiercely critical of Trump. He has gained support since the implosion of his primary rival on the right, Milo Yiannopoulos. In November, the New York Times christened Shapiro “the cool kid’s philosopher.” (Shapiro was also called a member of the “intellectual dark web” by Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss.)

Shapiro’s website, DailyWire, has grown from about 19.1 million total page views in December to more than 25 million in May.

“He exists in places that young people inhabit — podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” wrote reporter Sabrina Tavernise, who reported that “The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast is downloaded 10 million times every month, and that 70 percent of his audience is under the age of 40.

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Less mainstream voices have also come to the fore in a big ways since the rise of Trump. With his die-hard embrace of Trump and penchant for outlandish conspiracies, Alex Jones continues to rise.

Once widely dismissed as a fringe figure peddling theories that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, child slave colonies exist on Mars and frogs are turning gay, Jones went hard for Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump rewarded him with an interview and praise for his “amazing” reputation. Once Trump won, Jones’ InfoWars briefly received press credentials to the White House briefing room.

“He’s got a really riveting personally. It might be a little veiny and ridiculous what he says, but he is good on television and on radio,” said a senior GOP media executive, who declined to be named.

“It’s very unusual for someone to have a crossover” from radio to on-camera, the executive added. “The Trump movement has unhinged a lot of people out there.”

While he has faced mounting legal troubles from his ex-wife and Sandy Hook families who have accused him of defamation, the InfoWars juggernaut has continued to expand. In May, Jones announced that InfoWars would attempt 24-hour live coverage and that he was looking to hire at least 15 people for the effort.

“People are hungry for it,” Jones told TheWrap at the time. “Attempts to destroy InfoWars or any other media permutation will fail… to quote ‘V for Vendetta,’ ‘Ideas are bullet proof.’”

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Jones is largely impervious to sponsor boycotts, which have hurt broadcasters like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. Jones largely supports himself through the sale of his own brand of products. The InfoWars store received more than 800,000 page views in May 2018, according to SimilarWeb.

Trump hasn’t raised all conservative media, however.  Which brings us back to Glenn Beck.

After he left Fox News, Beck launched his own news outlet, TheBlaze. But last month the Daily Beast reported it “appears to be on its last legs” after another round of layoffs to a staff already demoralized from one last September.

Also Read: Glenn Beck Attacks Tomi Lahren on Twitter: ‘Wait, Libertarian Views?’

When CNN media guru Brian Stelter recently asked Beck about TheBlaze report, Beck walked out of the interview.

“He’s totally off the rails, as evidenced in his softball interview with Brian Stelter, which he still managed to flub,” Kassam told TheWrap. “TheBlaze is a total joke.”

Beck has struggled to translate the fire and fury (and audience) from his time at Fox News to his own enterprise. Conservative critics have largely panned Beck’s response to the Trump presidency, which included a denunciation of Trump in the New York Times.

“Management of the company was extremely near-sighted. Leaders assumed a sizable amount of debt without Beck’s knowledge,” one former Blaze employee told TheWrap. “Months later, new Facebook algorithms contributed to fewer page views, resulting in less revenue. Layoffs ensued.”

Another former Blaze employee told TheWrap that the site faced broad rejection from conservative readers because Beck didn’t support Trump.

“Everything was so vitriolic and messy, and I think TheBlaze was a casualty of that,” said the employee.

A proposed merger with Shapiro’s Daily Wire fell through when the two sides could not agree to terms.

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“We were looking for a deal that could advance both of our interests. We didn’t find it this time,” Daily Wire COO Jeremy Boreing told TheWrap. “I doubt it’s the last time we try to make something happen.”

Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Another loser in recent months has been Breitbart. Though Ann Coulter told TheWrap that it was “the main source for real news in America today,” and that “everybody” read it, the numbers tell a different story.

In May, the Breitbart website suffered its seventh straight month of traffic decline, according to Politico. From December until May, the company fell from more than 80 million monthly page views to just over 66 million, according to SimilarWeb.

Where once the website was a regular part of the conversation — with lightning rods like Yiannopoulos storming college campuses — it has spent much of the Trump era in the service of aggregation and creating the look of a more traditional website. Its former leader, Steve Bannon, left to join the Trump White House, then rejoined Breitbart, but left again after the book “Fire and Fury” included Bannon quotes critical of Trump’s family.

Those remarks, and Trump’s criticism of Bannon afterward, led Breitbart’s owners, father-daughter billionaires Robert and Rebecca Mercer, to lose confidence in Bannon.

“The loss of [Steve] Bannon, as well as the disruption in the relationship with the Mercers and an advertisers’ exodus, have left Breitbart without a figurehead, an identity, and without the financial means to expand,” the website’s former spokesman, Kurt Bardella, told TheWrap.

Reps for Breitbart pushed back, telling TheWrap that there are other metrics besides just traffic.

“Breitbart’s ability to act as the popular voice of conservative America has never been stronger,” said a company representative, citing a number of occasions when Trump officials have referenced Breitbart stories. “It’s important to recognize influence as well as traffic.”

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In early 2011, Glenn Beck thrived in conservative media. Once a little-known anchor for HLN, he found his voice on Fox News, running neck-in-neck with Sean Hannity in the ratings and trading jabs with liberal icons like Jon Stewart.

Then, after a brutal and sustained advertiser boycott, Fox News fired him. New York Magazine reported that Fox News chief Roger Ailes worried Beck’s conspiracy theories had almost “engulfed” the network. Around the same time, a reality show star named Donald Trump began making regular appearances on “Fox & Friends.” You know how that turned out.

The different fortunes of Beck and Trump almost perfectly illustrate the unpredictable ups and downs of life in the public eye. In the years since Trump’s unlikely rise, one-time outsiders have climbed by clinging to his coattails. And one-time stars of the right have slipped.

Hannity didn’t just outlast Beck. Industry watchers consulted by TheWrap agree that he and the rest of Fox News now lead the pack in conservative media.

“Sean Hannity, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Jesse Waters and the rest of the pro-Trump editorial crowd at Fox are no doubt leading the way on the right at the moment,” said former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam.

“Hannity” is the top show in cable news, averaging 3.3 million total viewers and 679,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research. One reason for Hannity’s popularity on the right is his unabashed support for Trump.

No list of conservative media winners is complete without Matt Drudge. Since bursting onto the scene in 1998 after exposing the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal (and Newsweek’s decision to kill its own scoop), the media kingpin remains essential reading for much of the country, including news editors.

Matt Drudge

“He was smart enough to not mess with a good thing: He’s kept the same simplicity of the format and presentation of the site,” Joe Concha, a media reporter for The Hill, told TheWrap.

“Bells and whistles and different fonts and graphics could have been added, but he understands that people want a user-friendly site devoid of everything that annoys them when they get their news online elsewhere.”

With just a fraction of the overhead costs of legacy media competitors, Drudge was the 42nd most visited website in May — just above the New York Times, which was 43rd. He was well ahead of the Washington Post (64) and BuzzFeed (113), according to SimilarWeb.

Another online success story is Ben Shapiro, a former Breitbart editor who can be fiercely critical of Trump. He has gained support since the implosion of his primary rival on the right, Milo Yiannopoulos. In November, the New York Times christened Shapiro “the cool kid’s philosopher.” (Shapiro was also called a member of the “intellectual dark web” by Times opinion columnist Bari Weiss.)

Shapiro’s website, DailyWire, has grown from about 19.1 million total page views in December to more than 25 million in May.

“He exists in places that young people inhabit — podcasts, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube,” wrote reporter Sabrina Tavernise, who reported that “The Ben Shapiro Show” podcast is downloaded 10 million times every month, and that 70 percent of his audience is under the age of 40.

Less mainstream voices have also come to the fore in a big ways since the rise of Trump. With his die-hard embrace of Trump and penchant for outlandish conspiracies, Alex Jones continues to rise.

Once widely dismissed as a fringe figure peddling theories that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, child slave colonies exist on Mars and frogs are turning gay, Jones went hard for Trump during the 2016 campaign. Trump rewarded him with an interview and praise for his “amazing” reputation. Once Trump won, Jones’ InfoWars briefly received press credentials to the White House briefing room.

“He’s got a really riveting personally. It might be a little veiny and ridiculous what he says, but he is good on television and on radio,” said a senior GOP media executive, who declined to be named.

“It’s very unusual for someone to have a crossover” from radio to on-camera, the executive added. “The Trump movement has unhinged a lot of people out there.”

While he has faced mounting legal troubles from his ex-wife and Sandy Hook families who have accused him of defamation, the InfoWars juggernaut has continued to expand. In May, Jones announced that InfoWars would attempt 24-hour live coverage and that he was looking to hire at least 15 people for the effort.

“People are hungry for it,” Jones told TheWrap at the time. “Attempts to destroy InfoWars or any other media permutation will fail… to quote ‘V for Vendetta,’ ‘Ideas are bullet proof.'”

Jones is largely impervious to sponsor boycotts, which have hurt broadcasters like Fox News’ Laura Ingraham. Jones largely supports himself through the sale of his own brand of products. The InfoWars store received more than 800,000 page views in May 2018, according to SimilarWeb.

Trump hasn’t raised all conservative media, however.  Which brings us back to Glenn Beck.

After he left Fox News, Beck launched his own news outlet, TheBlaze. But last month the Daily Beast reported it “appears to be on its last legs” after another round of layoffs to a staff already demoralized from one last September.

When CNN media guru Brian Stelter recently asked Beck about TheBlaze report, Beck walked out of the interview.

“He’s totally off the rails, as evidenced in his softball interview with Brian Stelter, which he still managed to flub,” Kassam told TheWrap. “TheBlaze is a total joke.”

Beck has struggled to translate the fire and fury (and audience) from his time at Fox News to his own enterprise. Conservative critics have largely panned Beck’s response to the Trump presidency, which included a denunciation of Trump in the New York Times.

“Management of the company was extremely near-sighted. Leaders assumed a sizable amount of debt without Beck’s knowledge,” one former Blaze employee told TheWrap. “Months later, new Facebook algorithms contributed to fewer page views, resulting in less revenue. Layoffs ensued.”

Another former Blaze employee told TheWrap that the site faced broad rejection from conservative readers because Beck didn’t support Trump.

“Everything was so vitriolic and messy, and I think TheBlaze was a casualty of that,” said the employee.

A proposed merger with Shapiro’s Daily Wire fell through when the two sides could not agree to terms.

“We were looking for a deal that could advance both of our interests. We didn’t find it this time,” Daily Wire COO Jeremy Boreing told TheWrap. “I doubt it’s the last time we try to make something happen.”

Beck did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

Another loser in recent months has been Breitbart. Though Ann Coulter told TheWrap that it was “the main source for real news in America today,” and that “everybody” read it, the numbers tell a different story.

In May, the Breitbart website suffered its seventh straight month of traffic decline, according to Politico. From December until May, the company fell from more than 80 million monthly page views to just over 66 million, according to SimilarWeb.

Where once the website was a regular part of the conversation — with lightning rods like Yiannopoulos storming college campuses — it has spent much of the Trump era in the service of aggregation and creating the look of a more traditional website. Its former leader, Steve Bannon, left to join the Trump White House, then rejoined Breitbart, but left again after the book “Fire and Fury” included Bannon quotes critical of Trump’s family.

Those remarks, and Trump’s criticism of Bannon afterward, led Breitbart’s owners, father-daughter billionaires Robert and Rebecca Mercer, to lose confidence in Bannon.

“The loss of [Steve] Bannon, as well as the disruption in the relationship with the Mercers and an advertisers’ exodus, have left Breitbart without a figurehead, an identity, and without the financial means to expand,” the website’s former spokesman, Kurt Bardella, told TheWrap.

Reps for Breitbart pushed back, telling TheWrap that there are other metrics besides just traffic.

“Breitbart’s ability to act as the popular voice of conservative America has never been stronger,” said a company representative, citing a number of occasions when Trump officials have referenced Breitbart stories. “It’s important to recognize influence as well as traffic.”

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Vox Media Co-Founder Calls Ben Shapiro ‘The Jew Who Helps Other Jews Onto the Train’

Vox Media co-founder Joshua Topolsky ripped Daily Wire founder/editor in chief Ben Shapiro, saying the conservative publisher — who is Jewish — was similar to Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

“Ben Shapiro is the Jew who helps other Jews onto the train,” Topolsky said in a tweet. In addition to Vox, Topolsky is also a veteran of Bloomberg Media and is currently editor in chief of his latest media venture The Outline.

I see you deleted this, @joshuatopolsky but screenshots are forever pic.twitter.com/ZDc0trT1zw

— Ben McDonald (@Bmac0507) July 1, 2018

Topolsky quickly deleted the tweet and made it clear to his critics that he wasn’t doing it because he was sorry, but rather because he was annoyed at right-wing haters.

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“I deleted it because a mob of right wing babies were flooding my mentions and it was frankly pretty annoying (as were the DM death threats),” he said.

I deleted it because a mob of right wing babies were flooding my mentions and it was frankly pretty annoying (as were the DM death threats).

– Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) July 1, 2018

“You didn’t delete it bc it was an abhorrent thing to say?” asked one commenter.

“No,” Topolsky replied.

“This tweet is cool [for the record]” he told another user.

No

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) July 1, 2018

This tweet is cool ftr

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) July 1, 2018

In other instances, Topolsky responded by telling anyone who was upset that they did not understand the “metaphor” he tried to make.

Topolsky’s comparison to Nazi Germany was a bit of a departure from his previous stance to compare modern day figures to them. In 2011, he sternly warned against anyone suggesting that Hitler and Bin Laden were comparable.

“In all seriousness though, please stop comparing Bin Laden to Hitler,” he said. “There is no comparison.”

In all seriousness though, please stop comparing Bin Laden to Hitler. There is no comparison.

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) May 2, 2011

Shapiro, a rising star in conservative media, could not respond directly to Topolosky as he has been blocked.

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Vox Media co-founder Joshua Topolsky ripped Daily Wire founder/editor in chief Ben Shapiro, saying the conservative publisher — who is Jewish — was similar to Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.

“Ben Shapiro is the Jew who helps other Jews onto the train,” Topolsky said in a tweet. In addition to Vox, Topolsky is also a veteran of Bloomberg Media and is currently editor in chief of his latest media venture The Outline.

Topolsky quickly deleted the tweet and made it clear to his critics that he wasn’t doing it because he was sorry, but rather because he was annoyed at right-wing haters.

“I deleted it because a mob of right wing babies were flooding my mentions and it was frankly pretty annoying (as were the DM death threats),” he said.

“You didn’t delete it bc it was an abhorrent thing to say?” asked one commenter.

“No,” Topolsky replied.

“This tweet is cool [for the record]” he told another user.

In other instances, Topolsky responded by telling anyone who was upset that they did not understand the “metaphor” he tried to make.

Topolsky’s comparison to Nazi Germany was a bit of a departure from his previous stance to compare modern day figures to them. In 2011, he sternly warned against anyone suggesting that Hitler and Bin Laden were comparable.

“In all seriousness though, please stop comparing Bin Laden to Hitler,” he said. “There is no comparison.”

Shapiro, a rising star in conservative media, could not respond directly to Topolosky as he has been blocked.

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Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire in Talks to Buy Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is eyeing a purchase of TheBlaze. The website, founded by Glenn Beck after his departure from Fox News, has been beset by various challenges since it’s 2010 inception.

The news was first reported by The Daily Beast. In a statement to the website, Shapiro was coy about his intentions.

“TheBlaze welcomed us to the space as allies from the beginning, and we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our partnerships with our allies,” said Shapiro.

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Once an early player in conservative media, TheBlaze, a division of Beck’s company Mercury Radio Arts, had been beset by problems in recent years. Last August, financial troubles forced the company to lay off 20 percent of its workforce, a decision Beck described at the time as “gut-wrenching.”

Shapiro founded the Daily Wire after bolting from Breitbart in the wake of the Michelle Fields scandal. His departure — and the ascendance of rival Milo Yiannopoulos — coincided with the sharp ideological turn the website took in support of Donald Trump in 2016.

Shapiro, like Beck, has remained a consistent conservative critic of President Trump from his role at Daily Wire. Regular appearances on Fox News, college campuses, and a profile in the New York Times has resulted in a rise in public prominence for Shapiro.

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The Daily Wire is owned by the billionaire Wilks family of Texas.

Reps for TheBlaze and the Daily Wire did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro is eyeing a purchase of TheBlaze. The website, founded by Glenn Beck after his departure from Fox News, has been beset by various challenges since it’s 2010 inception.

The news was first reported by The Daily Beast. In a statement to the website, Shapiro was coy about his intentions.

“TheBlaze welcomed us to the space as allies from the beginning, and we’re always looking for ways to strengthen our partnerships with our allies,” said Shapiro.

Once an early player in conservative media, TheBlaze, a division of Beck’s company Mercury Radio Arts, had been beset by problems in recent years. Last August, financial troubles forced the company to lay off 20 percent of its workforce, a decision Beck described at the time as “gut-wrenching.”

Shapiro founded the Daily Wire after bolting from Breitbart in the wake of the Michelle Fields scandal. His departure — and the ascendance of rival Milo Yiannopoulos — coincided with the sharp ideological turn the website took in support of Donald Trump in 2016.

Shapiro, like Beck, has remained a consistent conservative critic of President Trump from his role at Daily Wire. Regular appearances on Fox News, college campuses, and a profile in the New York Times has resulted in a rise in public prominence for Shapiro.

The Daily Wire is owned by the billionaire Wilks family of Texas.

Reps for TheBlaze and the Daily Wire did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

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Twitter Makes U-Turn, Deletes Rosie O’Donnell’s Lewd Ben Shapiro Tweets

Twitter reversed its ruling, saying that Rosie O’Donnell telling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to “suck my d—” was indeed a violation of their platform’s rules and deleted the tweets.

“You have received two emails from us about your recent report. The first email stated that the Tweets were not in violation of our policies when in fact they are, based on our Twitter rules,” the company said, according to a statement obtained by Shapiro, which he subsequently tweeted.”We have required that the reported Tweets be deleted and they have since been removed.”

“Well, looks like Twitter had some second thoughts about @Rosie’s obscene tweets,” wrote Shapiro.

Well, looks like Twitter had some second thoughts about @Rosie‘s obscene tweets pic.twitter.com/O036JB8Ego

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 24, 2017

O’Donnell’s statement was in response to Shapiro taking aim at her offer of money to GOP senators willing to reverse their votes on the recently passed tax reform bill. She later deleted the post, but not before Shapiro could make hay over the matter.

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The conservative editor in chief of DailyWire and former Breitbart reporter said that O’Donnell’s tweet was sexual harassment and he would be reporting her to the company.

In an earlier tweet, Shapiro suggested that his goal was not to get O’Donnell suspended but rather to highlight the oft-discussed double-standard Twitter has employed when handling offensive comments from liberals and conservatives.

“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard,” he tweeted Saturday. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is.  #M3Too.”

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Twitter reversed its ruling, saying that Rosie O’Donnell telling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to “suck my d—” was indeed a violation of their platform’s rules and deleted the tweets.

“You have received two emails from us about your recent report. The first email stated that the Tweets were not in violation of our policies when in fact they are, based on our Twitter rules,” the company said, according to a statement obtained by Shapiro, which he subsequently tweeted.”We have required that the reported Tweets be deleted and they have since been removed.”

“Well, looks like Twitter had some second thoughts about @Rosie’s obscene tweets,” wrote Shapiro.

O’Donnell’s statement was in response to Shapiro taking aim at her offer of money to GOP senators willing to reverse their votes on the recently passed tax reform bill. She later deleted the post, but not before Shapiro could make hay over the matter.

The conservative editor in chief of DailyWire and former Breitbart reporter said that O’Donnell’s tweet was sexual harassment and he would be reporting her to the company.

In an earlier tweet, Shapiro suggested that his goal was not to get O’Donnell suspended but rather to highlight the oft-discussed double-standard Twitter has employed when handling offensive comments from liberals and conservatives.

“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard,” he tweeted Saturday. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is.  #M3Too.”

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Twitter Rules Rosie O’Donnell’s Crude Ben Shapiro Tweets Aren’t Abusive, He Cries ‘Double Standard’

Twitter has ruled that Rosie O’Donnell telling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to “suck my d—” was not a violation of their platform rules and that her intent had been taken out of context.

“We have reviewed your report carefully and have found that there was no violation of Twitter rules against abusive behavior,” the company said in a statement, which Shapiro posted to Twitter. “Some tweets may seem to be abusive when viewed in isolation, but may not be when viewed in the context of a larger conversation.”

Surprise of surprises, Twitter says that @Rosie‘s tweets were not in fact abusive in any way under their rules. Good to know. pic.twitter.com/6tMuIWRgth

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 22, 2017

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O’Donnell’s statement was in response to Shapiro taking aim at her offer of money to GOP senators willing to reverse their votes on the recently passed tax reform bill. She later deleted the post, but not before Shapiro could make hay over the matter.

The conservative editor in chief of DailyWire and former Breitbart reporter said that O’Donnell’s tweet was sexual harassment and he would be reporting her to the company.

In an earlier tweet, Shapiro suggested that his goal was not to get O’Donnell suspended but rather to highlight the oft-discussed double-standard Twitter has employed when handling offensive comments from liberals and conservatives.

“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard,” he tweeted Saturday. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is.  #M3Too.”

Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard. Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is. #MeToo

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) December 22, 2017

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Twitter has ruled that Rosie O’Donnell telling conservative pundit Ben Shapiro to “suck my d—” was not a violation of their platform rules and that her intent had been taken out of context.

“We have reviewed your report carefully and have found that there was no violation of Twitter rules against abusive behavior,” the company said in a statement, which Shapiro posted to Twitter. “Some tweets may seem to be abusive when viewed in isolation, but may not be when viewed in the context of a larger conversation.”

O’Donnell’s statement was in response to Shapiro taking aim at her offer of money to GOP senators willing to reverse their votes on the recently passed tax reform bill. She later deleted the post, but not before Shapiro could make hay over the matter.

The conservative editor in chief of DailyWire and former Breitbart reporter said that O’Donnell’s tweet was sexual harassment and he would be reporting her to the company.

In an earlier tweet, Shapiro suggested that his goal was not to get O’Donnell suspended but rather to highlight the oft-discussed double-standard Twitter has employed when handling offensive comments from liberals and conservatives.

“Just reported @Rosie for targeted harassment, mainly to see if Twitter does indeed have a double standard,” he tweeted Saturday. “Everyone knows if Rosie were conservative, Twitter would suspend her in a hot second. So, Twitter, put your money where your mouth is.  #M3Too.”

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Trump Slams Freedom Caucus, Political Twitter Responds: ‘What a Stupid Mistake’

President Trump took to Twitter early Thursday morning to criticize the Freedom Caucus, lumping the group in with Democrats, and saying the “Republican agenda” will suffer if they don’t get on board.

The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017

The Freedom Caucus is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. The group helped kill the GOP health care plan last week.

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The Freedom Caucus has a reputation as “anti-establishment agitators,” according to NPR. Trump’s tweet against fellow Republicans has caused quite a stir on social media.

Former congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh tweeted, “If you come at the Freedom Caucus, you better be prepared for a fight. You’ll risk losing your majority in 18, Don.”

Walsh also wrote, “This sounds more like a threat that he’ll work with Dems and GOP establishment. Repeal Obamacare. Bring Jobs. Lower Tax. Let’s go, Donny.”

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Political columnist Ben Shapiro wrote, “Trump tweets he wants to fight the Freedom Caucus and Dems. That leaves him with 216 votes in House. He needs 218 to pass anything. Genius.”

Check out some of the reaction:

Trump declares war on the @freedomcaucus. What a stupid mistake.

The same anger & spirit that launched the Freedom Caucus got Trump elected

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 30, 2017

Remember: The House Freedom Caucus is made up of members the tea party sent to D.C. in 2010, when we saved the House.

— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 30, 2017

My favorite part of Trump going to war with Freedom Caucus will be watching “conservative” commentators agreeing with him.

— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) March 30, 2017

Dear @POTUS your base supports the #FreedomCaucus we support #repealobamacare and replace with free market solutions. remember who brought u

— Diana (@deeathomedee) March 30, 2017

I voted for you @realDonaldTrump but attacking Freedom Caucus is attacking the base of the Republican Party. Please reconsider.

— frogindafog (@frogindafog) March 30, 2017

2. Does Trump not know entire Freedom Caucus brand is to say “no” to compromises and half loafs?

Was big story of 2011-2016

— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 30, 2017

The movement that sparked the Freedom Caucus is the reason you’re in office. Undermine their ideals, and you undermine America pic.twitter.com/jTcoqvZ3Mt

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) March 30, 2017

Minor point but if you fight the Freedom Caucus AND Democrats you can’t pass anything.

— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) March 30, 2017

Trump tweets he wants to fight the Freedom Caucus and Dems. That leaves him with 216 votes in House. He needs 218 to pass anything. Genius.

— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 30, 2017

Mr President if you don’t have the Freedom Caucus you don’t have most of your support just what the hell are you thinking of?Simply stupid. https://t.co/o6FIWMiB1t

— Achmed Whozaudaddy (@achmed2017) March 30, 2017

@realDonaldTrump That one hurt me Mr. President. I respect the Freedom Caucus. Together is better.

— Dwayne Rafer (@oldschooleight) March 30, 2017

Dammit, do you see? Trump is tweeting AGAINST the freedom caucus. This is what you get. Fascists despise liberals, then, now and always.

— Jeffrey A Tucker (@jeffreyatucker) March 30, 2017

Trump vs the Freedom Caucus? Break out the popcorn!

— davechen (@davechen) March 30, 2017

Just some quick math: 193 Dems + 23 Freedom Caucus members = a majority to impeach in the house! https://t.co/0WQVuwFTyn

— Joe Marks (@pucks_and_pols) March 30, 2017

.@realDonaldTrump it’s a swamp not a hot tub. We both came here to drain it. #SwampCare polls 17%. Sad! https://t.co/4kjygV2tdS

— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 30, 2017

Good morning. here’s a GOP Senator attacking the GOP Speaker and a GOP President attacking a GOP caucus. pic.twitter.com/aryVVLShGq

— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) March 30, 2017

The Freedom Caucus is not your enemy, Mr. President. Wise up, sir. https://t.co/fg0LrPNyut

— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) March 30, 2017

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President Trump took to Twitter early Thursday morning to criticize the Freedom Caucus, lumping the group in with Democrats, and saying the “Republican agenda” will suffer if they don’t get on board.

The Freedom Caucus is a congressional caucus consisting of conservative Republican members of the United States House of Representatives. The group helped kill the GOP health care plan last week.

The Freedom Caucus has a reputation as “anti-establishment agitators,” according to NPR. Trump’s tweet against fellow Republicans has caused quite a stir on social media.

Former congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh tweeted, “If you come at the Freedom Caucus, you better be prepared for a fight. You’ll risk losing your majority in 18, Don.”

Walsh also wrote, “This sounds more like a threat that he’ll work with Dems and GOP establishment. Repeal Obamacare. Bring Jobs. Lower Tax. Let’s go, Donny.”

Political columnist Ben Shapiro wrote, “Trump tweets he wants to fight the Freedom Caucus and Dems. That leaves him with 216 votes in House. He needs 218 to pass anything. Genius.”

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Donald Trump’s Appointment of ‘Anti-Semite’ as Chief Strategist Sparks Media, Political Pandemonium

The world, including the political and media spheres, is up in arms about Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor.

Many were quick to point out that Bannon used to run Breitbart News, a website at the vanguard of the so called alt-right movement. The Anti Defamation League called Breitbart a “a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

“Bannon’s ascension is the clearest sign yet that Trump will maintain his ties to the populist white nationalism that helped propel him to the White House against overwhelming opposition from party leaders and traditional media,” said says NBC’s Benjy Sarlin.

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Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Alan Rappeport for the New York Times that the appointment signals “an embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon and of a continuing disdain for the Republican establishment.”

Trump announced on Sunday that Bannon, known for having founded Breitbart, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor. He left the website in August when he was named CEO of Trump’s campaign. At the time, other news outlets noted some of the headlines that characterized his tenure at Breitbart, including:

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According to the Washington Post, former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, who worked closely with Bannon, called him a “legitimately sinister figure,” adding that many “former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.”

Advocacy and hate-group watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center tweeted, “Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill” and “Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for ‘all Americans.’ Bannon should go.”

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Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for “all Americans.” Bannon should go.

— SPLC (@splcenter) November 13, 2016

The Anti-Defamation League also voiced its concerns about the decision, writing that the “ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior advisor and chief strategist in the White House. It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premiere website of the ‘alt right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.’”

“The appointment of Stephen Bannon as a top Trump administration strategist sends the disturbing message that anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and White nationalist ideology will be welcome in the White House,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge President-elect Trump to reconsider this ill-advised appointment if he truly seeks to unite Americans.”

The announcement didn’t sit well with various political representatives either. For example, California Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted, “Selection of Steve Bannon for senior WH role unsurprising but alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic, misogynistic views don’t belong in WH.”

“President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in a statement Sunday night.

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However, Joel Pollak, who worked for Bannon at Breitbart, tweeted that Bannon is “an American patriot who also defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.” He also told NBC News that he was not anti-semitic, racist or anti-woman.

I’ve known Steve Bannon as a close friend for nearly fifteen years. I’ve never heard or seen a racist word or action from him.

— Fr. Jonathan Morris (@fatherjonathan) November 13, 2016

See below for more reactions.

The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant America.

— John Weaver (@JWGOP) November 13, 2016

With a white nationalist senior advisor, Trump is not just ignoring the impact of his rhetoric – he is actively terrifying the country.

— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) November 13, 2016

Nation exhales because white nationalist only gets second most influential job in White House

— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) November 13, 2016

Will any national level elected GOP leaders condemn @realDonaldTrump‘s appointment of anti-Semite Steve Bannon to senior White House role? https://t.co/3972cYChzB

— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) November 14, 2016

You know what a principled conservative would do, Reince? Refuse to work in a WH with Steve Bannon.

— Charles P. Pierce (@ESQPolitics) November 14, 2016

Steve Bannon is David Duke without the ACTUAL white hood. Stop normalizing racism and white nationalism.

— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) November 13, 2016

Can’t wait for next year’s Menorah lighting ceremony at the White House. #SteveBannon

Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) November 13, 2016

Steve Bannon, an anti-Semite whose website is a hub for white nationalism, will be the @WhiteHouse chief strategist. We are in trouble.

— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 13, 2016

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The world, including the political and media spheres, is up in arms about Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor.

Many were quick to point out that Bannon used to run Breitbart News, a website at the vanguard of the so called alt-right movement. The Anti Defamation League called Breitbart a “a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists.”

“Bannon’s ascension is the clearest sign yet that Trump will maintain his ties to the populist white nationalism that helped propel him to the White House against overwhelming opposition from party leaders and traditional media,” said says NBC’s Benjy Sarlin.

Michael D. Shear, Maggie Haberman and Alan Rappeport for the New York Times that the appointment signals “an embrace of the fringe ideology long advanced by Mr. Bannon and of a continuing disdain for the Republican establishment.”

Trump announced on Sunday that Bannon, known for having founded Breitbart, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor. He left the website in August when he was named CEO of Trump’s campaign. At the time, other news outlets noted some of the headlines that characterized his tenure at Breitbart, including:

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According to the Washington Post, former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro, who worked closely with Bannon, called him a “legitimately sinister figure,” adding that many “former employees of Breitbart News are afraid of Steve Bannon. He is a vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.”

Advocacy and hate-group watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center tweeted, “Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill” and “Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for ‘all Americans.’ Bannon should go.”

The Anti-Defamation League also voiced its concerns about the decision, writing that the “ADL strongly opposes the appointment of Steve Bannon as senior advisor and chief strategist in the White House. It is a sad day when a man who presided over the premiere website of the ‘alt right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists — is slated to be a senior staff member in the ‘people’s house.'”

“The appointment of Stephen Bannon as a top Trump administration strategist sends the disturbing message that anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and White nationalist ideology will be welcome in the White House,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We urge President-elect Trump to reconsider this ill-advised appointment if he truly seeks to unite Americans.”

The announcement didn’t sit well with various political representatives either. For example, California Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted, “Selection of Steve Bannon for senior WH role unsurprising but alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic, misogynistic views don’t belong in WH.”

“President-elect Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as his top aide signals that white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House,” said Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in a statement Sunday night.

However, Joel Pollak, who worked for Bannon at Breitbart, tweeted that Bannon is “an American patriot who also defends Israel & has deep empathy for the Jewish people.” He also told NBC News that he was not anti-semitic, racist or anti-woman.

See below for more reactions.

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