Trouble at Trump rallies still trending
"Is Breitbart afraid of Trump?" wonders The Guardian's Dan Gillmor after reading the publication's claim that it has video suggesting Washington Post's Ben Terris somehow misidentified Donald Trump's campaign manager as the aggressor in the "Michelle Fields incident" (at 2,100+ shares right now). "I've looked at the video & a man who resembles [Corey] Lewandowski moves closer to Michelle Fields than the Trump camp mgr," asserts Howard Kurtz from Fox News, but the majority of #MediaTwitter seemed less convinced. "I admit I'm a bit shocked at Breitbart going full truther against their own reporter to protect Trump," reacts Free Beacon's Stephen Gutowski. Similarly, BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray calls it "unbelievable that Breitbart is gaslighting @MichelleFields to protect Trump and Lewandowski." Jesse Taylor takes it further by assessing "Breitbart's first ever piece of investigative journalism is in the service of discrediting its own reporter." At Slate, Rachael Larimore pleads, "Please tell me that some reputable outlet is going to hire @MichelleFields when this is said and done."
You be the judge, though. For the record, WaPo's Terris rebuts the "possible mistaken identity" story: "I saw what I saw." At Mother Jones, Patrick Caldwell chimes in, "Pretty sure @bterris isn’t going to misidentify the guy he’s specifically following around while writing a profile." Here's the transcript of the audio that allegedly captured Fields being roughed up by Lewandowski, c/o Politico's Hadas Gold. "Quite the elaborate set-up, involving two media outlets, for something Trump claims was manufactured," muses Maggie Haberman at the New York Times. And as freelancer Yael Grauer points out, "for folks pretending the Fields/Lewandowski assault didn't happen b/c she didn't file a police report... she filed." But if you're wondering what Lewandowski himself had to say on Twitter about the whole thing, here it is: "Michelle Fields is an attention seeker who once claimed Allen West groped her but later went silent."
Let's move on. Quickly. In other political news (which, yes, is still mostly about Trump), racial tensions continue to explode at Donald Trump’s rallies, but that didn't seem to bother Ben Carson, who just endorsed him. "Included in @RealBenCarson endorsement of @realDonaldTrump is that Carson would have education role in a Trump admin," notices Chalkbeat's Laura Kebede. Conversely, National Review just endorsed Ted Cruz for prez while Marco Rubio's campaign is actually telling Ohio supporters to vote for Kasich. Meanwhile, a U.S. labor powerhouse is prepping to launch an anti-Trump ad campaign while students claim some of those glowing reviews of Trump University were coerced. Not a good news day for that campaign, but lately that doesn't seem to matter much.