Without a doubt, Breitbart News has leaned toward Donald Trump in the tone of its articles and its editorial choices. That’s perfectly okay, they have a right to their opinion.
They’ve also been fairly critical of the boss here, slamming Erick primarily on his #NeverTrump position. That’s okay too, we can all be friends.
They’ve had some–let’s call them disagreements–in-house over the whole Michelle Fields incident. Was she holding a pen-bomb? Was she an anti-Trump infiltrator, a mole in the “friendly” media?
Since last August, there’s been some speculation of money changing hands between Trump and Breitbart. Now we know that, at least on a personal basis, an editor was paid to consult for the Trump campaign. From Buzzfeed.
Donald Trump’s campaign paid Breitbart News national security editor Sebastian Gorka $8,000 for “policy consulting” last year, according to Federal Election Commission filings.
The filings show that the payment to Gorka was made in October.
Gorka is a professor at Marine Corps University and is the chairman of Threat Knowledge Group, a national security consulting group. He appears frequently as a counterterrorism expert on Fox News.
Gorka has been repeatedly identified on Breitbart as Breitbart’s national security editor, with an appearance on Monday on Breitbart’s satellite radio show being the most recent example. Gorka has also written frequently for the site, though not since December.
Earlier this year, Gorka was reportedly caught trying to go through security at Reagan Airport in February with a handgun.
Gorka did not return requests for comment. A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not return a request for comment.
Is this a smoking gun? Probably not in the sense that it doesn’t prove Trump paid Breitbart for positive coverage. It does add some fire to the smoke that Trump carefully grooms his “friendly” media while throwing all others to the wolves. Even within particular media organizations, Trump has his favorite hosts and those he avoids.
This is simply the way The Donald plays the game. He plays it this way every time, and he’s done it his whole life. This is how Trump thinks: If you want people to like you, give them something. If they don’t like you, hit them hard. His wife Melania said on April 4, “when you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder.”
The revelation that Trump paid a Breitbart editor is really no surprise at all. In fact, it’s a relief. I’d hate to think that they support him so fervently and get nothing at all for it.
It’s a glimpse into how a Trump administration would function should he somehow win the White House. If you think President Obama has a revolving door of patronage with the media, with Trump, you haven’t seen anything yet.