How Breitbart “Breaks” Their News

If you scanned today’s news, you probably came across a popular headline about Steve Bannon and his termination as part of the NSC. The New York Times’ “Trump Removes Stephen Bannon”, or Huffington Posts’ “Steve Bannon Removed”, or NPR’s “Steve Bannon Loses Spot” (which was later changed to “Steve Bannon Removed” as shown in the image below) all covered this story and highlighted Trump’s newest change to his organization.

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Breitbart’s headline for this story however took a different tone, publishing its piece with the title, “Steve Bannon Leaves Nation Security Council After Susan Rice Takedown”. What struck me about this headline was one word: “Leaves”. This language positioned Breitbart’s story in a different way from most other news organizations by suggesting that Bannon was not removed, but rather chose to leave Trump’s NSC.

This story, which broke today, was written like any other article on the site and offered no indication of being “breaking news” (there were no updates or alerts). Breitbart did include it on a side tab titled “Most Popular” but other than that, did not treat it like a typical report of a breaking news event.

After reading the article, it was evident that Breitbart’s motive was to cast Bannon in a positive light and stay true to their rightest beliefs. The article even lead with…

“President Donald Trump’s Senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon has exited his role on President Donald Trump’s National Security Council, claiming that his mission is complete.”

With Twitter being Breitbart’s only other outlet to share their stories, Breitbart does not really utilize alternative storytelling methods to enhance their material. Despite tweeting out a link to the piece, Breitbart covered Bannon’s “resignation” like they cover every other story, offering no differentiation between what is breaking and what isn’t.

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Author: Brielle Farruggio

Journalism student at Boston University.

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