Patrick Howley

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Patrick Howley interviewed at Center for Immigration Studies event in 2016

Patrick Howley (born 1989) is an American journalist. A former reporter for Breitbart News Network in Washington, D.C.,[1][2] he previously worked for The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller.[3] Howley previously served as an assistant editor for The American Spectator.[4] His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal,[5] National Review,[6] and Sean Hannity.[7]

In October 2013, Howley reported that the White House and former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information. Lerner retired but faced no charges.[8] His 2014 report on the Department of Veterans Affairs' destruction of patient medical records prompted congressional calls for federal investigations.[9] Howley was the first journalist to flag remarks by Affordable Care Act consultant Jonathan Gruber on "the stupidity of the American voter."[10]

In March 2016, Howley was involved in the Breitbart controversy over Corey Lewandowski's alleged grabbing and shoving of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. In a series of Twitter posts, Howley attacked Fields' account of events and was subsequently suspended.[11] Howley was reinstated to Breitbart News after four days of suspension, following Fields' resignation from the outlet.[12]

In June 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted a report by Howley claiming that Hillary Clinton received a "secret memo" stating Obama administration support for Al Qaeda in Iraq, which eventually became ISIS.[13] Since the time of that report, no other sources have supported the claim.

In January 2017, Howley left Breitbart to start a new web site, Big League Politics.[2] He has been criticized for his style of journalism and satire.[14][15][16][17]


  1. ^ Betsy Rothstein (2012-12-04). "Howley: Out at Free Beacon, in at Daily Caller". Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  2. ^ a b Rosie Gray (2017-01-13). "Breitbart Alumni Launch 'Populist-Nationalist' Group". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  3. ^ "Masthead". Washington Free Beacon. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  4. ^ "Patrick Howley". Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Magic Mandate". Wall Street Journal. February 22, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Salam, Reihan (February 6, 2012). "Matt Continetti on the Rise of Combat Journalism". National Review Online. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  7. ^ "Great American Sean Hannity namechecks WFB". Washington Free Beacon. May 7, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info". The Daily Caller. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "New evidence that the Department of Veterans Affairs deleted necessary medical requests from veterans". The Daily Caller. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  10. ^ "ACA Architect: 'The Stupidity Of The American Voter' Led Us To Hide Obamacare's True Costs From The Public". Forbes. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  11. ^ "Report: Breitbart has suspended Patrick Howley over deleted Michelle Fields Tweets".
  12. ^ "Amid Supposed Breitbart Exodus, Patrick Howley Returns: 'I'm Back And Better Than Ever!'". The Daily Caller. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  13. ^ "Trump Tweets Story Claiming There's a 'Secret Memo' Of Obama Supporting ISIS". Mediaite. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  14. ^ Petri, Alexandra (October 10, 2011). "How not to occupy the street". Washington Post.
  15. ^ Kludt, Tom (March 20, 2014). "The reporter behind those disgusting tweets has a weird, sexist sense of humor". Talking Points Memo.
  16. ^ Groch-Begley, Hannah (March 20, 2014). "Meet Patrick Howley: The Daily Caller's Resident Sexist". Media Matters.
  17. ^ Alterman, Eric (October 13, 2011). "Think Again: Crashing Occupy Wall Street". Center for American Progress.

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