The 10 Most Awful Stories Breitbart Published This Year

Of the many disturbing administration appointments made so far by President-elect Donald Trump, one of the most troubling is Steve Bannon as the chief White House strategist and senior counselor.

Bannon, as you probably know by now, is the former head of Breitbart Media, the National Enquirer of neo-Nazism, now more benignly referred to as the “alt-right.” Stories on Breitbart.com support white nationalism, anti-Semitism and discrimination against women and minorities. Although he denies being a white nationalist himself, Bannon called Breitbart the “platform for the alt-right.”

Just how inappropriate is Bannon for the chief strategist job? Even ultra-conservative commentator Glenn Beck referred to him as a “nightmare” with a clear tie to white nationalists. Bannon has said he wants to replace the Republican party with a more conservative, Tea Party version.

“I’m a Leninist,” he allegedly told a Daily Beast writer in 2013. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal, too.”

Breitbart News was launched eight years ago by Andrew Breitbart. When he died in 2012, Bannon took over as the executive chairman and took Breitbart.com in a much more extreme direction. And, considering Trump’s distrust of the mainstream news media, it’s extremely likely that Breitbart will become the most influential conservative media company in the world.

Former Breitbart spokesman Kurt Bardella said he didn’t view the company as a news source, but as a “de facto wing of the Trump administration. As long as he is in office, they are his mouthpiece.”

Fortune recently called it “the closest thing to a state-run media entity.”

In the likely case that you don’t have Breitbart.com bookmarked, here are some examples of the racist, misogynistic, xenophobic and otherwise awful stories the website has published over the past 12 months. Since it’s impossible to rank these stories by their degree of dreadfulness, they’re listed in chronological order, from December 2015 to now.

1. ‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy’ (December 2015)

In response to Planned Parenthood “telling us that ‘women’s bodies’ and ‘women’s choices’ should be paramount,” this story by Milo Yiannopoulos argued that birth control makes women fat ‘sluts’ with unsexy voices and cottage-cheese thighs.

(If that name rings a bell, you’re likely remembering when Yiannopoulos, described by the Washington Post as “one of the best-known figures among the internet’s alt-right,” was permanently banned from Twitter in July due to his racist tweets about “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones.)

2. ‘World Health Organization Report: Trannies 49 xs Higher HIV Rate’ (December 2015)

This story by Austin Ruse claims a WHO report showed “how dangerous it is to become ‘transgender.’” The “devastating news is never included in the ‘transgender’ narrative that is sweeping American culture, including the school system,” Ruse wrote.

3. ‘Political Correctness Protects Muslim Rape Culture’ (January 2016)

No one in the “establishment press” was reporting rape cases in Europe “because the epidemic is a byproduct of the influx into Europe of a million, mostly Muslim, migrants,” wrote Tom Tancredo.

4. ‘Video Shows Planned Parenthood Executive Sought to Hide Profits from Baby-Parts Sales’ (February 2016)

Breitbart apparently missed the memo about the edits in the video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services at Planned Parenthood, saying it sold tissue from aborted fetuses. Somehow ending up on the virtual cutting-room floor was the part where she said the nonprofit makes no money off fetal organs that are sent to medical labs for research to help cure illnesses like Parkinson’s disease. Yet Breitbart continues to spew misinformation.

5. ‘Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or Cancer?’ (February 2016)

For a “viral triggering of feminists,” students at the University of Michigan were asked this question. I’m not going to waste my time watching the video, but here’s hoping the majority said they’d rather their child not read Breitbart.com.

6. ‘After the Pulse Club Massacre, It’s Time for Gays to Come Home to Republican Party’ (June 2016)

It seems like after the shooting deaths of 49 innocent people, it might be a good time to consider tougher gun laws – but not to Breitbart News. In regard to President Obama’s blaming of the massacre on hatred and guns, Jim Hoft wrote, “His inability to called the attack what it is – Islamic jihad – has progressed from denial to psychosis.”

The tragedy inspired Hoft to come out as a conservative gay activist who believes Trump “will protect gays from another Islamist attack.”

7. ‘There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews’ (July 2016)

In his story about a study in which a voice changer disguised the gender of job interviewees, Yiannopoulos opined that a flaw in the study was that “to my ears the voice-changing technology made female interviewees sound more like trannies, with the signature croaky-sounding pitch change.”

8. ‘The Solution to Online ‘Harassment’ is Simple: Women Should Simply Log Off’ (July 2016)

Instead of suggesting that men stop harassing women online, Yiannopoulos recommends that women stay off the internet. “Given that men built the internet, along with the rest of modern civilization, I think it’s only fair that they get to keep it,” he writes. (You didn’t really expect Breitbart to employ a fact checker, did you?)

9. ‘Science Proves It: Fat Shaming Works’ (July 2016)

A study found that the desire to improve self-worth is a motivating factor for people trying to lose weight. Therefore, in the world according to Yiannopoulos and Breitbart, this means that overweight people should be shamed.

“But first we have to make sure that ‘fat acceptance,’ perhaps the most alarming and irresponsible idea to come out of leftist victimhood and grievancean politics, is given the heart attack it deserves,” Yiannopoulos wrote.

Here’s how he described the new Curvy Barbie in a previous story.

10. ‘Red Diaper Babies: Anti-Trump Protestors Adopt Safety Pin as Symbol’ (November 2016)

After alleging that many of the stories about hate crimes after Trump’s election have been “fabricated or exaggerated,” Breitbart writer Joel B. Pollak insulted anti-Trump protestors for wearing safety pins, saying they ”were once associated with diapers.”

The “Red” in the story’s headline isn’t addressed. Perhaps anyone with compassion for humanity is perceived by Breitbart to be a Communist.

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225 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y9 months ago

thanks

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Jack Y
Jack Y9 months ago

thanks

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John J
John J9 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J9 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Christine J
Christine J1 years ago

Extremists on both right and left are equally guilty of spinning or even hiding the facts to suit their agenda. Sometimes facts are unpalatable and go against your beliefs, but they're still facts. If rape stats climb in an area and nothing has changed except a huge influx of Muslim men, that's a fact. Lying because you're a bigot or lying because you're politically correct; it's still lying and has no place in good journalism.

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ali a
ali a2 years ago

Speechless.

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill2 years ago

#4 I saw on tv news at the time but some of those stories are just funny. It's even funnier that anyone would believe them.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

And we have Republitards like Herbert C. spewing bullshit. He must watch Fux News and infowars. where Alex Jones says Sandy Hook never happened. Parents of dead kids gettibg death threats.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Herbert C. Please provide links for your BULLSHIT!! NOT ONE LEFT LEANING NEWS DOES THIS. Repugs cannot help but lie.

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Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

Karen H. No. Republitards believe these stories. Like Sandy Hook being a hoax from Obama. And they also believe Obama was a prostitute and drug dealer.

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