Michelle Fields lands a new media gig
Michelle Fields, who claimed that Trump campaign official Corey Lewandowski assaulted her and then resigned from her position with Breitbart over its failure to adequately support her, has found a new media home: working for the Huffington Post. CNN reports:
Fields is heading to the Huffington Post, where she will cover the 2016 campaign with a specific focus on Trump and the Republican Party.
"After the tumultuous events of the last few months, I am ready to get back to writing and reporting on what is without question the most bizarrely fascinating presidential race of my lifetime (and, perhaps, any lifetime)," Fields said in a statement on Sunday night.
Fields, who will start at HuffPost on Monday, said she is "beyond excited to join one of the biggest names in political journalism."
HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim called Fields "one of the most widely read chroniclers of the conservative movement."
The HuffPo notoriously refused to cover the Trump campaign in its politics section in July last year:
…we have decided we won’t report on Trump’s campaign as part of The Huffington Post’s political coverage. Instead, we will cover his campaign as part of our Entertainment section. Our reason is simple: Trump’s campaign is a sideshow. We won’t take the bait. If you are interested in what The Donald has to say, you’ll find it next to our stories on the Kardashians and The Bachelorette.
Humiliated by its arrogant inability to comprehend the major political phenomenn of the season, Arianna Huffington attempted to put a brave face on the inevitable reversal of its foolish policy 6 months later:
…we will be changing how we cover him at The Huffington Post. Back in July, we announced our decision to put our coverage of Trump’s presidential campaign in our Entertainment section instead of our Politics section. “Our reason is simple,” wrote Ryan Grim and Danny Shea. “Trump’s campaign is a sideshow.”
Since then Trump’s campaign has certainly lived up to that billing. But as today’s vicious pronouncement [Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the US] makes abundantly clear, it’s also morphed into something else: an ugly and dangerous force in American politics. So we will no longer be covering his campaign in Entertainment. But that’s not to say we’ll be treating it as if it were a normal campaign.
Our decision in July was made because we refused to go along with the idea, based simply on poll numbers, that Trump’s candidacy was actually a serious and good faith effort to present ideas on how best to govern the country. We continue to believe this to be true — and will continue to let it guide our coverage — but much has changed.
One assumes that Fields’s material will appear in the politics section of the HuffPo, but depending on Arianna’s mood, that could change.
Oddly enough, Fields, who appears to despise Trump, now has a career stake in his electoral success. Assuming she remains somewhat conservative in her politics, there would be little reason for HuffPo to keep her on board should Trump lose the election. Unless, of course, she went to work for the entertainment section.