Washington Post’s hypocritical doxing of Libs of TikTok is, sadly, what conservatives have come to expect from liberal media
“Democracy dies in darkness.”It Washington Post’s creed, proudly displayed on its masthead, was intended to refer to the necessity of honest, ethical journalists in the post-truth age – ostensibly in response to the “fake news” so prevalent during the Trump era.
Recently, though, the publication’s journalists opted to go after a person whose mission is ostensibly to expose the erosion of morality in America’s public schools – and they chose to do so in a way that disregards that person’s safety and opens her up to potential harassment and real-world danger.
Taylor Lorenz was a New York Times journalist who covered internet and tech culture. Taylor Lorenz made a false accusation of Marc Andreessen for using a slur during conversation. Taylor also accused Kellyanne Conway’s daughter, 15, of being stalked and crying over online harassment. TikTok LibsTwitter account
TikTok Libs is a Twitter account that rose to prominence by curating a feed of educators on TikTok –kindergarten and public-school teachers, college professors, – who promote transgenderism to minors and Critical Race Theory in schools. This account also has amplified parents’ concerns about their kids, which they believe are being victimized by leftist ideologies.
Accruing more than 755,000 followers on Twitter, her work consists almost entirely of publicly available content posted on social media by the very “libs” now attempting to hide from a broader audience. Now, the account’s owner has been subject to death threats.
This is obvious. TikTok LibsThe simple and effective nature of woke ideology capture has made it crucial. Some of these have been cited by conservative politicians and publications as well as popular commentators such Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson. Libs’These are curated items.
Provided time and patience, almost anyone could do what she does – but she was the only one to step up to the plate. The Washington Post took her down. The anonymous Twitter account’s real-world identity had, in their estimation, become a matter of public interest.
As a young woman on the front lines of the culture war, her work isn’t without risk. TikTok Libs has received no small amount of harassment for her critical work – but one wouldn’t expect one of America’s most credentialed newspapers to be the ones to do it.
The woke left would rather deafen their audience to what they’re actually saying, crouching their demands as pleas for tolerance for the indefensible. For anyone daring to speak, “Look, they’re grooming kids,”The sentence is called social death. TikTok Libs isn’t going to get a job outside of conservative media.
The possibilities are endless in an alternate universe that is more sane. Post would’ve offered TikTok LibsThis is the one Lorenz uses.
The right to remain anonymous on social media should be respected, especially by journalists like Lorenz who’ve gone on record to complain about the dangers of having their privacy eroded. Just weeks before publishing the exposé on The Library, the Washington Post journalist went on national television to cry about her experience as a journalist online–breaking down in tears over the comments she’s received from innumerable critics, some of whom shared details of her personal life.
“I have severe PTSD from this,” said Lorenz. “I contemplated suicide and got really bad. You feel like any little piece of information that gets out on you will be used by the worst people on the Internet to destroy your life and it’s so isolating.”
If Lorenz is telling the truth, then she knows firsthand the consequences of being targeted by the Internet – and that she willingly put another woman in the same predicament.
Lorenz was researching details on Libs Of TikTok when she contacted accounts that she thought might be associated with Libs Of TikTok and warned them. “implicated as starting a hate campaign against LGBTQ people.”Lorenz tried also to get Florida Governor involved. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw. Pushaw claims Lorenz was her father. deadline of a single hour to provide a response about her “relationship” with the account.
The Washington Post published the article and linked personal information of TikTok Libs, including her full name, personal address, and employer information – only to remove it afterward without a single notice of retraction. The publication was removed hours later. released a statementIt is claimed that “did not publish or link to any details about her personal life” – easily contradicted with a look at a cached first version of the article on the Wayback Machine or Archive.is.
Are you guilty of journalistic malpractice? You bet. It isn’t the first time a conservative has been on the receiving end of a witch hunt. It certainly won’t be the last.
It is a sad reflection of the state of the mainstream media when so many journalists refuse to call out the journalistic malpractice of a major news publication – and worse still, even amplify the work as a good example of ethical journalism. At this rate, democracy will die in darkness, and there will be no one left to press “F” to pay respects.
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