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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Attack on Breitbart News is an Attack on Press Freedom

Hillary Clinton has a new target in her campaign against Donald Trump: Breitbart News. Her goal is not just to use Breitbart as a political foil, but to shut the site down entirely.

Deputy communications director Christina Reynolds sent a fundraising email earlier this week claiming that while other conservative news outlets had a “right to exist,” Breitbart News did not.
The Democratic National Committee — recently embroiled in an antisemitism scandal — tried to make an issue of our headlines.
And on Thursday, Clinton will follow up that message in Reno with a speech against the “alt-right,” which Breitbart News has occasionally covered. The effort evokes Saul Alinsky— who was the subject of Clinton’s thesis at Wellesley — at his worst: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

By using Breitbart News as a proxy for Donald Trump, and the “alt-right” as a proxy for Breitbart News, the Clinton campaign hopes to undermine Trump — and marginalize its leading critics. READ MORE