On Friday, New York magazine writer Jesse Singal devoted an entire article to focusing on seven comments from Breitbart News readers about Paul Ryan’s beard.
Singal took issue with comments left on the article “Paul Ryan Lays Out GOP Agenda: Heavy on Economics, Light on Islamic State and Immigration” by Breitbart’s Ben Shapiro, published over a week ago. He focused on seven comments left by Breitbart readers that poked fun at Paul Ryan’s beard as evidence of latent Islamophobia among Republicans.
He would have had to do quite a bit of digging to find them, however. Singal doesn’t link to the Breitbart article from which he pulled these obviously deeply disturbing comments. If he had, New York magazine readers would have seen that Singal was able to find seven out of 822 combined comments, 488 of which were posted on-site, that were so deeply troubling.
For October, NewsWhip reported that Breitbart News had 3.3 million Facebook comments on articles shared to the social media platform, putting it at #6 in the world for Facebook comments. With an additional 1.2 million on-site comments, the latest recorded number of monthly comments on Breitbart News articles was 4.5 million. Clearly, these seven comments are worth obsessing over.
“Obsess” is certainly the correct term to use when describing Singal’s relationship with Breitbart News, from his 3,000 word screed accusing Breitbart of organizing an online hate campaign against a Black Lives Matter supporter who mocked a murdered Texas deputy, to his confirming the facts of Breitbart’s reporting on a British university’s comparing of GameGate to ISIS but somehow claiming to have debunked it, to his constant mentions of the site on Twitter.
This better be mostly about Breitbart pic.twitter.com/InKGi8TXMn
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) December 5, 2015
Can you imagine writing for Breitbart and knowing who your readers are? Would you just be constantly showering and weeping?
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) December 11, 2015
Twice in two days, Breitbart has criticized stuff mainstream journalists have done and I've been forced to agree. Dark times indeed.
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) December 4, 2015
.@Nero, tech editor at Breitbart, argues tech companies have an obligation to help feds surveil their users
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) November 23, 2015
Let's play 1968 op-ed or present-day Breitbart op-ed https://t.co/3GcjG3OoMM
— Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) November 29, 2015
Readers can only expect the very best investigative journalism regarding Internet comments about politicians’ beards with Singal on the case.
Noah Dulis is the Deputy Managing Editor of Breitbart News and co-editor of Breitbart Tech. Follow him on Twitter @.