Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart after left-wing nevertrumper's attack over year old remarks taken out of context

Lisa Hagen | The Hill --

Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on Tuesday resigned from Breitbart News after a video surfaced where he appeared to defend pedophilia, sparking outcry among liberals and conservatives alike.

“Breitbart News has stood by me when others caved,” Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart senior editor, said in a statement.

“I would be wrong to allow my poor choice of words to detract from my colleagues’ important reporting, so today I am resigning from Breitbart, effective immediately. This decision is mine alone," he added.

"Milo Yiannopoulos’s bold voice has sparked much-needed debate on important cultural topics confronting universities, the LGBTQ community, the press, and the tech industry,” Breitbart said in a statement after Yiannopoulos’s announcement. "Milo notified us this morning of his decision to resign as editor of Breitbart Tech and we accepted his resignation.”

At a press conference, Yiannopoulos announced plans to start his own independent media company, which he said will focus more on “entertainment and education,” rather than journalism.

“I will be announcing a new, independently-funded media venture of my own and a live tour in the coming weeks,” he said.

“I don’t intend to go head-to-head with Breitbart, but I intend to do more of the same, just not under the Breitbart banner.”

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