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10 Most Despicable Stories Breitbart Published Under Bannon

Until he joined Trump’s team, Steve Bannon ran a news site that stoked hatred of everyone from women on birth control to President Obama

Before Donald Trump announced his run for president, Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, was little more than a Boogie Man in the liberal imagination. He had taken over the conservative website after founder Andrew Breitbart unexpectedly dropped dead of a heart attack in June 2012, continuing his predecessor’s mission of spewing conspiracy theories across the internet: he and his crew kept fueling the Birther movement, claimed to “out” Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King as caucasian (Snopes’ investigation into that controversy tells the whole story) and desperately tried to stir up controversy over Hillary Clinton’s email server, despite the fact that she was cleared (twice!) of all wrong-doing.

Every dark impulse lurking in the mind of the angry white man can be found on Breitbart. The Alt-Right – the preferred term for the white nationalist movement – website supported Trump’s bid for the presidency from the beginning. Then in August, Bannon was named CEO of Trump’s campaign. When they managed to beat Hillary Clinton in the November election, he was handsomely rewarded for his loyalty: Trump named Bannon chief White House strategist, a position that will give him unimpeded access to and influence over the new president.

To say that Bannon delights in demeaning and mocking marginalized groups, from women to Muslims, hardly does his brand of toxic hatred justice. To understand the full scope of the site’s deeply disturbing discrimination – barely hiding under a thin veil of pseudo-journalism – here are 10 of the most alarming stories Breitbart News ever published under Bannon’s watch.

White people pretend to be black because that’s an “advantage”

After a long campaign to "out" Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King as white, King was ultimately forced to publicly defend his racial identity. In response, Breitbart published this essay, in which writer Ben Shapiro reflects on "one undeniable fact": that "being black in America in 2015 is perceived as a status symbol and an advantage." In truth, the only undeniable fact is that being black in America puts you at a disadvantage financially, as well as at higher risk for being jailed or shot, even by the people tasked to protect you. 

“#BlackLivesMatter Stokes Global Chaos”

Aside from the incendiary headline, this is what Breitbart news might call a straightforward news article, albeit one that twists the goals of activists around the world speaking out against the killing of minorities from the UK to Israel, to accusing them of taking "their signature brand of troublemaking global." This type of spin attempts to discredit legal protesters dismissing the people of color who have come together to air grievances against their government – which is just what Breitbart News likes to do. It's stories like this that make it clear the site only cares about dissent when it comes from white people.

Flying Confederate flag isn’t racist

In a stunning piece of revisionist history, writer Gerald Warner defends the Confederate flag. "Barack," he writes, "you might just want to remind us again which state of the Union, north or south, your ancestors resided in during the traumatic years 1861 [and] 1865? Or did Kenya not have a dog in that fight?" This is from the site that claims not to have anything to do with Birthers, but they go on to argue that there's nothing inherently racist about about flying the flag of the South's failed rebellion. "The Confederacy was not a callous conspiracy to enforce slavery, but a patriotic and idealistic cause for which 490,000 men were killed, wounded or taken captive. The Civil War was not fought over slavery, but in defense of states' rights." Sure, specifically their right to own slaves

Birth control makes women unattractive, says Alt-Right gay icon Milo

In this article by Milo "I delight in offending people" Yiannopoulous, he breaks down the negative effects of birth control on women: It makes women's voices "unsexy;" those who take the pill "don't look right or talk right;" it makes women fat, slutty and "jiggle wrong." He tries to blame the pill for "cottage cheese thighs" since, he claims, they only became prevalent after the 1970s – though admits that may have had something to do with the rise of fast food – as well as for the increase in the divorce rate. Though Milo might be the biggest troll on the Internet, even from him, this is pretty offensive.

Transgender bathrooms are a liberal plot to promote the sexual revolution

In this defense of North Carolina's discriminatory bathroom laws, Breitbart writer Neil Munro – famous for heckling Obama during a speech in the Rose Garden – argues that progressives want to "legally destroy and stigmatize the civic support for two equal, distinct and different sexes." He points out that the law states that people must go to the bathroom that appears on their birth certificate, and that after gender reassignment surgery, transgender people can legally change that – but he leaves out the scores of people that can't afford those procedures. He calls this a liberal plan to "promote the sexually revolutionary idea of fluid 'gender identity,'" rather than merely a way to allow everyone to pee where they feel comfortable. 

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