It’s simply too wealthy. One Taylor Lorenz, a tech reporter for The New York Occasions, will get criticized by Fox’s Tucker Carlson. And The New York Occasions – to not point out reporter Lorenz – freaks out.
For worldwide ladies’s day please contemplate supporting ladies enduring on-line harassment. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the harassment and smear marketing campaign I’ve needed to endure over the previous yr has destroyed my life. Nobody ought to should undergo this.
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) March 9, 2021
Fox’s inimitable Tucker Carlson noticed the tweet and had the nerve…the nerve!…to mock the tweet and its creator. This so upset The New York Occasions that it put out this assertion:
“In a now acquainted transfer, Tucker Carlson opened his present final evening by attacking a journalist. It was a calculated and merciless tactic, which he repeatedly deploys to unleash a wave of harassment and vitriol at his supposed goal.
Taylor Lorenz is a gifted New York Occasions journalist doing well timed and important reporting. Journalists ought to have the ability to do their jobs with out going through harassment.”
One doesn’t know whether or not to snigger on the ridiculous Lorenz tweet or The Occasions assertion. It’s The Occasions itself, to not point out all method of left-wing tv and print/Web shops that routinely “unleash a wave of harassment and vitriol” at Tucker. The Occasions loves to put in writing articles reporting on Tucker advertisers who have been intimidated by leftists into leaving. It has outright lied in saying that he “derides immigrants.” On and on go the assaults. Even on his dwelling, together with his spouse quivering inside.
Taylor Lorenz couldn’t start to think about the assaults. However actually, what Lorenz and others at The Occasions are actually about is censorship. And Tucker Carlson has the frequent sense to not put up with the oozing sense of victimhood from privileged elites who’ve self-appointed themselves as hall-monitors.
Be aware nicely The Occasions assertion that Lorenz is doing “well timed and important reporting.” Suffice to say there are actual journalists on the market who beg to disagree. Glenn Greenwald on Substack wrote an article headlined “The Journalistic Tattletale and Censorship Business Suffers A number of Nicely-Deserved Blows.”
A brand new and quickly rising journalistic “beat” has arisen during the last a number of years that may greatest be described as an unholy mixture of junior excessive hall-monitor tattling and Stasi-like citizen surveillance. It’s half adolescent and half malevolent. Its major targets are management, censorship, and the destruction of reputations for enjoyable and energy. Although its epicenter is the most important company media shops, it’s the very antithesis of journalism.
I’ve written before about one significantly poisonous pressure of this authoritarian “reporting.” Groups of journalists at three of essentially the most influential company media shops — CNN’s “media reporters” (Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy), NBC’s “disinformation house unit” (Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny), and the tech reporters of The New York Occasions (Mike Isaac, Kevin Roose, Sheera Frenkel) — commit the majority of their “journalism” to looking for on-line areas the place they consider speech and conduct guidelines are being violated, flagging them, after which pleading that punitive motion be taken (banning, censorship, content material regulation, after-school detention). These hall-monitor reporters are a significant factor explaining why tech monopolies, which (for causes of self-interest and beliefs) by no means needed the duty to censor, now accomplish that with abandon and seemingly arbitrary blunt power: they’re shamed by the world’s loudest media firms when they don’t.
…The profound pathologies driving all of this have been on full show on Saturday evening as the results of a reckless and self-humiliating smear marketing campaign by one in every of The New York Occasions’ star tech reporters, Taylor Lorenz. She falsely and really publicly accused Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Marc Andreessen of getting used the “slur” phrase “retarded” throughout a dialogue in regards to the Reddit/GameStop rebellion.
Lorenz lied. Andreessen by no means used that phrase. And relatively than apologize and retract it, she justified her mistake by claiming it was a “male voice” that seemed like his, then locked her Twitter account as if she — relatively than the individual she falsely maligned — was the sufferer.”
Acquired that? Nicely earlier than Tucker Carlson stated a phrase about Lorenz, there may be Glenn Greenwald noting not solely what she is basically all about and in addition noting her declare to victimhood.
What Lorenz is basically about, as plenty of actual journalists have famous, is “hall-monitor journalism.” And to criticize what she does is “harassment.”
This might be severely amusing if it weren’t so harmful. Lorenz – to not point out The Occasions itself – has made it their particular person and collective job to invade the privateness of all method of individuals on the market of their non-public Web warrens.
As Clay Waters has famous, and Taibbi has picked up on:
The subtext isn’t onerous to decipher. These individuals consider bad-think, left unaddressed, leads to Donald Trump being elected. Subsequently, as Chen and Roose put it in a chat final week, it’s “problematic” to countenance platforms that enable massive numbers of individuals to assemble in non-monitored, “shadow” social networks, the place they’ll unfold “misinformation” and wreak, probably, a “ton of havoc.” Numerous tales have been written on the theme of what speech needs to be “allowed,” as if they’re those who needs to be doing the permitting.
What’s clearly apparent right here is that Tucker Carlson touched a nerve in calling out Lorenz for enjoying the sufferer when she has made it her job to research all method of individuals within the tech world for, as Taibbi says, “unapproved thought.”
The underside line actual level of The New York Occasions freakout is that the American left – specifically The New York Occasions – desires to silence conservative media. Interval and for good.