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The Bannon-Kushner detente is real: Breitbart now has to be nice to Trump's son-in-law

Breitbart writers have been told to no longer go after the White House adviser


Charlie May
April 10, 2017 10:42PM (UTC)

Breitbart News employees have been asked to hold back on writing stories that criticize the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to Business Insider.

This past weekend, the New York Times reported that Kushner, a senior White House Adviser, was unhappy with the negative coverage he was receiving from Breitbart, the crux of the new alt-right movement — likely as a result of a White House battle between Kushner and White House strategist Steve Bannon. .

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Bannon, who was a former executive chairman for Breitbart, reportedly said "I love a gunfight," as Breitbart was continuing to hammer Kushner with criticism. Once the press got word of the fight, Trump supposedly told the two to "work it out," according to the New York Times.

Business Insider reports:

In the days that followed, Breitbart conspicuously refrained from leveling criticism against Kushner, choosing to lay off Trump's son-in-law completely.

Bannon resigned from Breitbart News in November and has insisted he no longer has any editorial involvement with the website.

However, a person familiar with the matter told Business Insider in March that Bannon at the time had instructed Matthew Boyle, the website's Washington editor, to stop publishing articles critical of Priebus, who reports said had been feuding with Bannon. Alex Marlow, the website's editor-in-chief, also told NBC News in March that Bannon reaches out to him "every so often."

The timing of the pair's public reconciliation couldn't have been better for Kushner. As Breitbart was waging its crusade against Kushner, the unpaid White House adviser, — an observant Orthodox Jew — has been bombarded with anti-Semitic tweets from white nationalist accounts, according to the Anti-Defamation League.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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