Buzzfeed just published a comprehensive Milo Yiannopoulos exposé revealing his ties to the alt-right, publishing quite a lot of his personal emails and a video that shows him performing karaoke as people in the audience give the Nazi salute while he remains completely unfazed.
His base probably won’t care, as shitty excuses from Yiannopoulos are already pouring out of his mouth. But what’s very interesting is one part that exposes some “liberal” journalists who were communicating with Yiannopoulos behind the scenes, brainstorming new targets for him to ridicule online.
One of those journalists is Mitchell Sunderland, a senior editor who works at Broadly, the women’s issues-focused vertical of the larger Vice media company.
From Buzzfeed’s Milo Yiannopoulos exposé:
In addition to tech and entertainment, Yiannopoulos had hidden helpers in the liberal media against which he and Bannon fought so uncompromisingly. A long-running email group devoted to mocking stories about the social justice internet included, predictably, Yiannopoulos’s friend Ann Coulter, but also Mitchell Sunderland, a senior staff writer at Broadly, Vice’s women’s channel. According to its “About” page, Broadly “is devoted to representing the multiplicity of women’s experiences. … we provide a sustained focus on the issues that matter most to women.”
“Please mock this fat feminist,” Sunderland wrote to Yiannopoulos in May 2016, along with a link to an article by the New York Times columnist Lindy West, who frequently writes about fat acceptance. And while Sunderland was Broadly’s managing editor, he sent a Broadly video about the Satanic Temple and abortion rights to Tim Gionet with instructions to “do whatever with this on Breitbart. It’s insane.” The next day, Breitbart published an article titled “‘Satanic Temple’ Joins Planned Parenthood in Pro-Abortion Crusade.”
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Vice spokesperson wrote, “We are shocked and disappointed by this highly inappropriate and unprofessional conduct. We just learned about this and have begun a formal review into the matter.”
In addition to Sunderland, Yiannopoulos also generated story leads and ideas with Vivek Wadhwa, “a prominent entrepreneur and academic;” Dan Lyons, a “veteran tech reporter and editor;” and David Auerbach, a “former Slate technology writer.”
We have reached out Sunderland for comment and will update this post if he gets back to us.