On Monday afternoon, Business Insider reported that “employees at Breitbart News have been asked by senior editors to refrain from writing stories critical of Jared Kushner,” citing “two people familiar with the matter.” Last week, Breitbart appeared more than happy to publish explicitly negative coverage of Kushner.
The BI report, from editor and reporter Oliver Darcy, comes the week after tensions and in-fighting between Steve Bannon (the former head of right-wing, nationalist website Breitbart who now serves as President Donald Trump’s White House chief strategist) and Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Kushner boiled over into public view. On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that there was a “nonstop” clashing going on between the two top aides, and that Bannon had bashed Kushner as a “cuck” and a “globalist” behind his back. Over the weekend, Trump reportedly brokered a détente between Kushner and Bannon.
In response to Darcy’s reporting, Breitbart spokesman Chad Wilkinson texted The Daily Beast that “it’s an absurd suggestion that Breitbart would muzzle critical coverage of any senior White House official.” Business Insider, defending its reporting, said that the piece spoke for itself.
On Monday afternoon, The Daily Beast reached out to several Breitbart editorial staffers to ask about the BI story. One staffer messaged back, tersely, with: “cucked. :)”