Without Breitbart’s larger-than-life persona holding it together, fault lines quickly began to form on staff. Solov, Pollak and a few others run the company from an office in L.A., but the site’s contributors are spread across the country — and many complain that the editors are all but impossible to reach.
E-mails and phone calls go unreturned for days, two sources said, and the people at the top of the masthead are so unresponsive that one employee sent a notarized letter to inform Pollak he was quitting.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Pollak dismissed the claims that he’s unreachable as “not accurate,” and said he reads every one of the 200 to 300 emails he gets daily.
But prominent conservatives, reluctant to criticize an ideological ally, also privately shake their heads at the site’s management.
“They don’t even know how to do basic stuff, like, what a lede is. Like, maybe you should inform your readers in the first paragraph what your story is about,” said a high-profile conservative journalist who works for another outlet. “I think most of the criticism they get is ideological in nature, from liberals. But the real critique is on a much more basic, practical level.”