Many of the sources in Hadas Gold‘s piece on Trump campaign manager Steve Bannon and his leadership style while he was chairman at Breitbart are anonymous. Gold cited “fear of retaliation” as the reason, which, put in the context of what some told her, makes sense.
“Several ex-staffers also described leaving the website’s orbit as a nerve-wracking ordeal–‘indentured servitude in limbo,’ one former employee alleged in a legal filing–due in part to what they saw as Bannon’s attempts to sabotage their future employment prospects,” writes Gold.
The act of leaving became a game of strategy:
The best way to leave Breitbart, several former staffers said, was to make the company want to part ways with you. Otherwise, moving on to a higher-profile job, or quitting in a fiery public blaze, would make it seem like Breitbart “lost.” And Bannon, former staffers said, always needed to “win.”
“You have to make it their idea to get rid of you,” said the person with intimate knowledge of Breitbart’s culture.
Someone who did speak on the record was Kurt Bardella, the former Breitbart spox who dropped the publication as a client a few days after the Michelle Fields/Corey Lewandowski incident. “He is someone who is prone to a lot of tirades and acts as a bully. If anyone thought [former Trump campaign manager] Corey Lewandowski was challenging that way, wait ‘til someone gets a curse-laden phone call from Steve at any hour,” he told Gold.
For more cursing, accounts of incidents outside of Breitbart and some praise as well, read the entire piece here.