A further development of the Milo Yiannopoulos issue discussed here yesterday:
Breitbart’s editor-in-chief, Alex Marlow, called Milo Yiannopoulos’ comments about pedophilia “indefensible,” “troubling” and “upsetting” on the company’s daily radio show Tuesday morning.
But Marlow also defended the Breitbart senior editor, columnist and overall provocateur as a victim of a coordinated attack whose “appalling” words needed to be understood in the context of Yiannopoulos’ personal history.
Milo’s personal history is controversial. It is ironic for Breitbart to be complaining about ‘a coordinated attack’.
“It was something that was a total surprise to people in the Breitbart organization that there is video that surfaced that appeared to show him justifying sex between an adult and a minor, at least in certain circumstances which was very troubling and upsetting,” Marlow said on the radio show.
“He seemed to be speaking from personal experience as a gay man; he also revealed he’s a victim of child abuse himself. He himself told me he’s never had inappropriate contact with a minor since he was an adult. … it’s all very upsetting and something we take very seriously at Breitbart.
We’ve been going through things and trying to figure out the best way to handle this, but the bottom line is the comments on the video are not defensible, and I think most people [agree] with that.”
It’s not clear what Yiannopoulos’ future with Breitbart will look like.
Internally at Breitbart, tensions are high.
The site, which became a champion of President Donald Trump during the campaign, now has its former chairman Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist in the White House.
Some Breitbart staffers, speaking on the condition of anonymity, say they are incredulous at the site’s silence to its own employees about how they’re handling the Milo situation. There’s no indication, aside from Marlow’s public comments, that employees have been addressed directly.
Several have expressed a willingness to leave the site should the company not part ways with Yiannopoulos. (Washingtonian reported about six have said they will walkout).
Marlow said answers will come later on Tuesday when Yiannopoulos holds a news conference in New York City to discuss his future with Breitbart. The news conference is being organized by a public relations company different from the one Brietbart uses.
Notably, Breitbart’s website has not written one thing about Yiannopoulos this weekend.
That appears to be correct. I have just done a search:
They don’t even say that CPAC has dumped him as a speaker.