Breitbart’s cozy relationship with Trump

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August 18, 2016

Trump's new campaign CEO is Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon, who the Republican nominee calls "highly capable." Brazilian police detained two US swimmers as they attempted to board their flight home after they said they'd been robbed. And BuzzFeed News is conducting a survey about harassment on Twitter.



Donald Trump’s campaign management shake-up.

The GOP nominee is bringing in Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon to run things, a move that caps a long, cozy, and mutually beneficial relationship between Trump and the right-wing news outlet.

While Breitbart’s behind-the-scenes entanglements with the campaign have become conspicuous in recent months, those ties will only become more obvious in the coming days and weeks, sources close to the site and to Trump say.

Bannon, who’ll join full-time, will “bolster the business-like approach” of the campaign. Eric Thayer / Reuters // Kirk Irwin / Getty Images for SiriusXM

Let's rewind a bit

In June, Trump fired controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who had been charged with simple battery after he allegedly manhandled then-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields in April. On the basis of insufficient evidence, however, he wasn’t prosecuted.

Fields and Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro then resigned from the company over the site’s handling of Lewandowski’s alleged assault. Shapiro said Bannon had “shaped the company into Trump’s personal Pravda, to the extent that he abandoned and undercut his own reporter.”

A look at Trump’s new media. The head of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, says more Clinton leaks are coming. And a top former Bush administration official has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.



What’s going down in Rio.

Two US Olympic swimmers who said they and their teammate Ryan Lochte were victims of an armed robbery in Rio over the weekend were pulled off an airplane and detained by Brazilian law enforcement on Wednesday. They were later released with the understanding that they’d “continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday,” the US Olympic Committee said.

Earlier on Wednesday, a Brazilian judge ordered Lochte to surrender his passport and remain in the country as the investigation into the robbery continued. Lochte, however, had already left the country and is now back in the US.

An attorney for swimmers Gunnar Bentz, left, and Jack Conger said they won’t be allowed to leave Brazil until they testify about the robbery, the AP reported. Getty Images / AP

And a little extra

The US women’s team has for the first time earned gold, silver, and bronze in a single Olympic event — the 100-meter hurdles. And Japan’s Kaori Icho has become the first Olympic wrestler ever to win four gold medals. Click here for more updates.


Why isn’t Twitter taking down harassment as fast as it takes down Olympics GIFs?

When the International Olympic Committee said only rights-holding broadcasters could share “sound or moving images” from the games, the decision didn’t go down well.

It especially hit a nerve with Twitter users, who asked how the platform — where abuse and hate speech is commonplace — was able to react quickly to possible copy infringement yet does so little to tackle harassment.

BuzzFeed News is conducting a survey about harassment on Twitter. Ariel Davis / BuzzFeed News



This haunting picture of an injured boy depicts the horror of Syria’s civil war.

Thousands of people have shared an image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, one of five children wounded in an airstrike in Aleppo on Wednesday, The Telegraph’s Raf Sanchez reports. It’s estimated that more than 300,000 Syrians have died in the country’s civil war.

Aleppo Media Center via AP



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  • In the UK: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she’s heartbroken that European Union nationals might have to leave Scotland due to Brexit. And here’s how British Muslims are reacting to the news that hate preacher Anjem Choudary could face up to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of supporting ISIS.

  • Sexual assault scandals: Here’s what you need to know about the rape accusations against Hollywood writer and director Nate Parker. And UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will resign following months of sharp criticism over his responses to several sexual harassment scandals on campus.

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