Vowing to Press On, Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart

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Facing pressure following comments he made regarding his own early-life experiences, Milo Yiannopoulos resigned from his post as Breitbart Tech Editor on Tuesday. In an afternoon press conference, Yiannopoulos stated, “I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone.”

The comments at issue, made during a 2016 episode of “The Drunken Peasants” podcast and widely broadcast in the past few days, recounted Yiannopoulos’ own sexual experiences with a member of the clergy as a teenager.  “It was perfectly consensual. When I was the 14, I was the predator,” Yiannopoulos said.  In a separate video from 2015 that has also received significant coverage in recent days, Yiannopoulos told podcaster Joe Rogan he witnessed potentially illegal sex with a minor at a Hollywood party.

The resulting resignation followed news that publishing house Simon and Schuster had rescinded its earlier offer to publish Yiannopoulos’ upcoming book, Dangerous, in light of his comments. This news came only hours after Yiannopoulos was disinvited from delivering a keynote address at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference because of past comments about his relationships with older men.

During the press conference, Yiannopoulos accused traditional media outlets of systematic character assassination, stating “They care about destroying me and my career, and by extension my allies.” Yiannopoulos emphasized that he will not surrender to these alleged attacks, pronouncing in his trademark defiant tone, “I will be announcing a new, independently-funded media venture of my own and a live tour in the coming weeks. . . . Don’t think for a moment that this will stop me being as offensive, provocative and outrageously funny as I want on any subject I want.”

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