Before the crack of dawn Thursday, Lee Stranahan, a writer for Breitbart.com had already pushed the news that he was leaving the site. As the sun rose, he was getting ready to board a flight for the Middle East to cover the plight of Syrian Christian refugees.
So why did Stranahan, a disciple of the late Andrew Breitbart in the truest sense, quit?
In the story published on his personal website with the headline, “Bye Bye Breitbart: I Quit and Thanks,” he explained that he resigned from Breitbart.com Wednesday night.
“Why did I quit?” he wrote in his piece. “Circumstances led to a situation where I felt I couldn’t do my best work there. Honestly, it’s for reasons I believe Andrew would have approved of. Andrew and I shared a passion for covering big stories that the media overlooked and exposing the left; work that I plan to continue.”
We asked for more details.
Stranahan told FishbowlDC, “For a few weeks, I’d been submitting pieces that weren’t getting published. I thought these articles were strong in terms of both research and writing. When I found out who had spiked them and their explanation, I lost confidence that my work was going to be edited fairly in the future.”
He continued, “I was on staff and salaried so this is strictly about me wanting to see my work have the most impact and to not be buried vindictively.”
Stranahan explained, “My reporting is labor intensive, often involving intense research and extensive travel away from my wife and kids. For example, I’m boarding a plane for the Middle East in a few hours to cover the Syrian refugee crisis. Sometimes, I’m chasing chanting protestors around hot city streets for hours.
As hard as I work, I couldn’t bear to see my best writing smothered to death for no justifiable reason.”
Asked if there was any name he cared to mention, he said, “No, I don’t think it’d be appropriate to name names. That’s internal stuff. What I’ve written elsewhere is true; I really do appreciate the time I spent at Breitbart News and wish them the best. There are a lot of talented people there. This was a conflict between me and one editor that I didn’t see as surmountable. I’m not even blaming them for the conflict; maybe I caused some of it. But whatever the cause, the conflict existed and was destroying my ability to get my best work produced and published. “