A cancellation attempt from hack Washington Post reporter (redundant, I know) Taylor Lorenz has resulted in her intended target garnering more social media followers in a week than she’s garnered in her lifetime.
Last week Lorenz published the name, religious affiliation, and employer of “Libs of TikTok,” a Twitter account that reposts videos that liberals voluntarily upload of themselves espousing a wide spectrum of insane views.
The article itself and Lorenz’s questionable behavior drew immediate and immense blowback, and had the unintended consequence of drawing more attention to “Libs of TikTok.” As a result, as of writing, Libs of TikTok has seen their follower count balloon by over 318k people, surpassing Lorenz’s cumulative following of 308k. Libs of TikTok had roughly 642k"> followers the morning Lorenz’s hit piece was published, and is now less than 40k followers short of one million.
Throughout her “research,” Lorenz visited various family members of “Libs of TikTok,” and described her article as being intended to “expose” her in an email requesting comment from Christina Pushaw (Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary who commonly shares Libs of TikTok posts). Lorenz gave Pushaw a one hour deadline to provide a comment at 8pm, presumably in hopes that she wouldn’t get one in time so she could write that the office of DeSantis “refused to provide a comment” for her hit piece.
Oh wow… Taylor Lorenz told Brian Stelter that she regrets cold-emailing me to boast about how excited she was to “expose @libsoftiktok”
But I don’t understand how I was “misrepresentative”? I literally shared screenshots of our email exchange; that’s all. https://t.co/ovhYGQXOpR pic.twitter.com/T5JSRJkIy5
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 23, 2022
During a recent interview with CNN’s Brian Steler, Lorenz, a 43-year-old Gen Xer who self-identifies as a millennial, denied that her reporting amounted to doxxing, defining that as “revealing highly, highly personal nonpublic information with a goal of harassment or sort of destroying someone’s life,” adding “We absolutely did not reveal any personal information about this woman at all, remotely.”
That of course, is a lie. In addition to sharing Libs of TikTok’s name, employer, and religious affiliation, the original version of her article linked to her real estate license, which included a possible physical address.
The WaPo article by Taylor Lorenz originally linked to the real estate license for the person behind the Libs of TikTok account— the link listed the person’s name, real estate license number, possible physical address, etc. WaPo only removed the link after being called out on it.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) April 19, 2022
The creator of Libs of TikTok has received harassment since Lorenz’s story – as have people sharing the same name. Lorenz has only directed her followers not to harass the incorrect people sharing her name – but not Libs of TikTok herself. Her only real concern seems to be the mob attacking the wrong target.
Further showcasing an absolute lack of self-awareness, Lorenz, who auto-deletes her tweets and has gotten the Wayback Machine/Internet Archive to exclude her Twitter feed from being archived there, also criticized Libs of TikTok for deleting old tweets ahead of the Washington Post publishing their story during her interview with Stelter.
Matt Palumbo is the author of The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros
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