Billionaire Backer Dumps Breitbart Because of Milo

Hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer announced today that he was cutting all financial ties with Breitbart News and Milo Yiannopoulos. He released a statement explaining his ideological stance and distancing himself from Milo and Breitbart:

A society founded on the basis of the individual freedom that flourishes under a limited federal government has no place for discrimination. Of the many mischaracterizations made of me by the press, the most repugnant to me have been the intimations that I am a white supremacist or a member of some other noxious group.

Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, creed, or anything of that sort is abhorrent to me. But more than that, it is ignorant.

The press has also intimated that my politics marches in lockstep with Steve Bannon’s. l have great respect for Mr. Bannon, and from time to time I do discuss politics with him. However, I make my own decisions with respect to whom I support politically. Those decisions do not always align with Mr. Bannon’s.

Without individuals thinking for themselves, society as a whole will struggle to distinguish the signal of truth from the correlated noise of conformity. I supported Milo Yiannopoulos in the hope and expectation that his expression of views contrary to the social mainstream and his spotlighting of the hypocrisy of those who would close down free speech in the name of political correctness would promote the type of open debate and freedom of thought that is being throttled on many American college campuses today. But in my opinion, actions of and statements by Mr. Yiannopoulos have caused pain and divisiveness undermining the open and productive discourse that I had hoped to facilitate. l was mistaken to have supported him, and for several weeks have been in the process of severing all ties with him.

For personal reasons, I have also decided to sell my stake in Breitbart News to my daughters.

Last Guido heard Milo was pretty tight with Rebekah Mercer, though we have been unable to confirm if that is still the case…

Milo ‘Writes’ to Dear Deirdre

As usual Guido checked into Dear Deirdre in the currant bun yesterday for a bit of voyeurism and was surprised to see his good friend Milo in one of the stories. Milo apparently has mental health issues, funny because Guido thought he was alt-right. Apparently – according to Deirdre – he wants to become a teacher…

12 Things You Won’t Read About Milo Elsewhere

  1. Despite being tarred in the failing media as a white supremacist he has a penchant for picking up gay black men. For years he would leave late-night parties flamboyantly telling friends that he was “off to KFC” in the hope of getting lucky.
  2. Milo is completely disorganised. Punctuality problems have been the cause of him losing many jobs. By “punctuality” we mean actually turning up daily. Only two years ago he was working for Sky TV in an inexplicable technology guru role. Briefly.
  3. Milo’s political philosophy is fluid. He has at various times been an ultra-conservative Catholic, libertarian and now a Trumpian alt-right fellow traveller. His lifestyle has always been enjoyably libertine.
  4. As a nerdy child Milo was a gamer into Warhammer and bragged his paintwork on the game figurines was “impeccable”.
  5. Milo has terrible eyesight and is so worried about going bald he uses an expensive hair re-growth serum.
  6. Milo owns a pink swastika fashion piece. Lately he has been claiming Jewish ancestry.
  7. His parents gave him the name Milo Hanrahan, he also went by the name Wagner before settling on Yiannopoulos. God knows why.
  8. Milo’s father Nicolas Hanrahan is a geezer, you know what I mean.
  9. Milo tells friends he likes to try to have sex with a woman “once a year”.
  10. Milo kept a spreadsheet of his friends where he ranked them for looks, intelligence and how much he likes them.
  11. Milo is surprisingly shy and has difficulty looking people in the eye.
  12. If Milo self-publishes he will make far more than $250,000 from book sales this year. He will also spend it all.

Milo’s life is a performance. Don’t take it more seriously than he does.

Milo Quits Breitbart, Watch Press Conference Live

He says he’ll publish his book anyway and give 10% of the royalties to child abuse charities…

Milo Riots at Berkeley

Free speech under attack as Milo’s appearance provokes riots at Berkeley. President Trump has Milo’s back:

He was going to appear in a full red Indian costume to discuss “cultural appropriation”….

DfE Counter-Extremism Unit Shuts Down Milo Speech

The Department for Education’s counter-extremism unit has reportedly ordered Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury to cancel a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, the flaxen-haired Trump-supporting Breitbart provocateur. Milo was due to give a talk at his old school, which 220 pupils had signed up to attend. The school says the decision to shut the talk down was made “following contact from the Department for Education’s counter-extremism unit, the threat of demonstrations at the school by organised groups and members of the public and overall concerns for the security of the school site and the safety of our community”. They add that the talk was backed by pupils, parents and teachers and say they are disappointed at the DfE’s decision. Milo says:

“My old high school has been bullied into cancelling my talk on Tuesday by the “counter-extremism” unit at the U.K. Department of Education. Who even knew the DoE had a counter-extremism unit? And that it wasn’t set up to combat terrorism but rather to punish gays with the wrong opinions?… Disgusted.”

The DfE’s counter-extremism unit was not set up to silence satirical stage acts like Milo, Guido cannot ever recall him advocating violence – banning him from speaking at his old school is bonkers. A school is having to no-platform speakers because of government intervention and the threat of demonstrations. Have Milo’s opponents learned nothing from the last few weeks?

UPDATE: A Department for Education spokesperson said:

“When concerns are raised by members of the public following media coverage in advance of an event, the department would contact the school as a matter of routine to check they had considered any potential issues. The decision to cancel the event was a matter for the school.”

Milo v Cathy Newman

Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos versus Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman on the alt-right, feminism, Steve Bannon and those satirical headlines. Cathy says it was one of her “biggest bust-ups”. Milo has been tipped as the President-elect’s White House Press Secretary:

Imagine…

UPDATE:  The MP for Redcar was triggered by Milo:

turley-triggeredThe anti-violence campaigner has now deleted her tweet…

The Artist Formerly Know as Nero

Milo Yiannopoulos on his Twitter suspension for trolling…

“I keep getting accused of being a white supremacist. But if that’s the case, I must be the first black-dick-sucking white supremacist in history.”

Milo & Mensch Go Snowflakey Over Facebook

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Louise Mensch and Milo Yiannopoulos are getting worked up about the revelation that Facebook’s “Trending News” discriminates against right-leaning news sources. This means their outlets Heat Street and Breitbart are being denied traffic by Facebook. Facebook had kinda-sorta pretended that their Trending News function was an algorithm driven objective news curator. Gizmodo revealed that it was actually curated by left-biased human editors. 

Steve Hilton over at CrowdPac gives us a clue why that might be:

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CrowdPac shows that Tom Stocky, Facebook’s VP of Search who is responsible for the “trending” feature, is a major donor to Hillary Clinton. In fact based on all his contributions the data shows that he is to the left of Clinton. CrowdPac says the rest of Facebook’s “content team” skews even further to the left based on previous donations to political candidates and causes. So now you know Facebook are probably not politically neutral.

Milo and Mensch are now demanding a meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, presumably in a safe space, to discuss this suppressing of conservatives and libertarians after he invited “leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum” to share their views. Zuck also denies Facebook is biased. 

So what if Facebook is left-of-centre? Are lefties entitled to a meeting with Rupert Murdoch to complain that the Wall Street Journal is right-of-centre? Louise tweets that even though Facebook is a private firm, “it is governed by terms of business that state objectivity and EU data law too”. No idea what she means by that, nor does Guido think publishers should be required to be even-handed. Guido isn’t in his equivalent “Seen Elsewhere” links.  If a private firm was required to be “objective” in editorial decisions, Guido would oppose that. A free press is not required to meet up to some illusory measure of “objectivity“. Milo and Mensch should stop whining like snowflakes about how unfair it is. Winners compete, not whine.

Buzzfeed v Breitbart

Breitbart employee tells Buzzfeed

“Milo Yiannopoulos is not one person. That person does not exist. It is a collective consciousness of various different people who come and go.”

UPDATE: Milo responds:

“My therapist says the exact same thing.”

Turmoil at Breitbart London

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Guido understands that shock-jock firebrands James Delingpole and Milo Yiannopou‎los are both exiting Breitbart London. The return of Farage’s former chief of staff Raheem Kassam to Breitbart has left the two in despair, after they had spent nine months trying to move the site away from the hectoring Tea Party-style news service Kassam ran it as during his previous stint at the site. Kassam says the US-funded site will once again take a keen interest in UKIP’s affairs.

Rumour has it the two have retreated to the country to plan a new YouTube-heavy entertainment website of their own. ‎The walkout is bad news for Breitbart London, Delingpole and Yiannopoulos were two of the most well known writers on the staff and both are brands in their own right with considerable personal followings; Delingpole on environmental issues and Yiannopoulos with his unique combination of gender identity and video gaming expertise. Guido understands they are considering casual freelance contracts but insisting on no day-to-day responsibilities to “avoid ever having to be in the same room as Kassam” again…

The ever energetic Kassam more generously says “James and Milo have been fantastic columnists for Breitbart London, we wouldn’t be where we are now without them. I hope that despite the loss of editorial control they will continue to contribute to the site.” Delingpole had whilst executive editor failed to convince his US paymasters that Breitbart’s London contributors should be paid on time – in some cases for up to 5 months. Raheem’s return to the editor’s chair has at last seen writers paid and he reveals that his new star columnist, as of next week, will be one Nigel Farage…

UPDATE: A friend of Delingpole emphasises he constantly badgered his US paymasters on behalf of the writers and it was not his fault.

Tech City Chair Runner and Riders

TECH CITY CHAIR

With Joanna Shields stepping down as chair of TechCity, the door is open for fresh blood at Digital Dave’s tech quango. As promised, here are Techno’s runners and riders.

Ben Southworth

King of the Shoreditch tech hipsters, Ben Southworth is still smarting about his “resignation” as deputy CEO from Tech City UK in 2013. No one is more determined to prove that they are still a force to be reckoned with in East London tech.

Milo Yiannopoulos

A long time critic of the Tech City operation, who could be better to breath some fire into the flagging quango than the flamboyant pit bull of tech media who has branded Tech City a “cheap PR exercise“.

Rohan Silva

Rumour has it that Rohan Silva, founder of groovy SecondHome and the original brains behind the Tech City project is eager to get the government quango back on track. He would certainly be welcomed back into the government fold with open arms. Pretty sure he would not want the job.

James Cook

Young tech journalist superstar James Cook is highly regarded in the European tech scene, though he does have a reputation for leaving hapless young CEOs in tears. Mr Cook has confirmed to Techno that he will be putting himself forward for the job if his mum lets him.

Eileen Burbidge

What better way for superstar VC Eileen Burbidge to officially crown herself as queen of London tech, than by accepting the Tech City chair. Techno will be amazed if she isn’t the number one on the government’s hit list.

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