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Fri Aug 19, 2016, 12:31 PM

Aug 9 BuzzFeed story: Breitbart staffers believe Trump PAID Breitbart for positive coverage.

So, before Breitbart became an overt part of the campaign, staffers thought he was a COVERT part of the campaign. For money.

Breitbart News denies this, of course.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/breitbart-staffers-believe-trump-has-given-money-to-site-for?utm_term=.gs1JWPKz55#.hceMLOV7ZZ

As Donald Trump faces a growing backlash from conservative media over his recent attacks on a Fox News host, one prominent right-wing outlet remains firmly in his corner: Breitbart News, which has set itself apart by plastering its homepage with fawning headlines about the candidate, and all-caps assaults on his critics.

But not everyone within the website’s editorial ranks is on board with Breitbart’s boosterism, and many inside the company believe Trump has provided undisclosed financial backing to the outlet in exchange for glowing coverage, as I report in my forthcoming book about the GOP and 2016, The Wilderness.

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.

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Fri Aug 19, 2016, 12:41 PM

1. Breitbart became THE Trump site -- all pro Trump all the time -- so imho Breitbart/Bannon were

definitely receiving "donations" and now the arrangement is obvious (and of course Bannon is considered by many conservatives to be an insane white supremacist)

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Response to anneboleyn (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 19, 2016, 01:00 PM

2. Drumpf a.k.a. Charles Foster Kane...

Not hard to believe that he'd stoop this low for fabricated news stories from a disreputable outlet like Breitbart. Talk about the uber-Manchurian candidate. This guy has no limits to his con game.

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