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Taylor Lorenz, the Washington Post journalist who outed “Libs of Tik Tok,” has stepped in it once again after being forced to walk back her claim that a Drudge Report editor was relentlessly harassing her and then remarking that she was only joking concerning the incident.
She tweeted on Monday that a Drudge Report editor had been “calling and texting me relentlessly for the past couple of weeks.”
Lorenz went on to charge that the editor “called my personal cellphone number, yelled at me when I asked him to leave me alone, and said he would ‘blast my name all over Drudge Report until it ruins my career,'” in now-deleted tweets, according to Fox News.
Founder Matt Drudge was then contacted by CNN Senior Media Editor Oliver Darcy. He informed Darcy that he “never contacted her, nor has anyone associated with Drudge Report.”
Drudge emailed Lorenz requesting a correction. Following that move, she reportedly deleted her tweet concerning the harassment and posted a clarification.
“For anyone who saw my post abt this man claiming to be from Drudge calling me nonstop, good news: I heard from Matt Drudge and this man has zero power over Drudge. He’s claiming to be an editor all over the Internet, but he’s not. Sorry to disappoint everyone saying Drudge is based,” Lorenz tweeted Monday night.
Wait… you mean Lorenz went public with allegations of harassment without even doing basic reporting work to determine the authenticity of the alleged harasser?
Color me shocked.
— Can of Spam (@iDoLikeSpam) May 3, 2022
“Taylor was repeatedly contacted by someone who claimed to be a Drudge editor. As soon as she learned the person had no connection to the Drudge Report, she deleted the original tweet, and wrote a tweet apologizing for her comment,” The Washington Post said in a statement.
Lorenz reportedly told CNN that her tweets concerning the purported harassment were a “joke.” She asserted that she found the idea that someone at Drudge could harm her career “hilarious.”
The journo went on to remark to Darcy that she was “laughing very hard about the idea” and was simply joking about it online. “I am happy to correct the record that I have no drama with Drudge Report.”
Taylor Lorenz got caught fabricating again, as usual casting herself as the victim of a nefarious plot to harass her and ruin her life.
Once the proof emerged it was false, she pretended it was a joke.
If you criticize this chronic dishonesty, you're guilty of misogyny. https://t.co/Jvl5Y3MnvR
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 3, 2022
Lorenz would go on to say that she wasn’t concerned with allegations online.
“I just got a good laugh over the idea Drudge Report would have any impact on my career lol. Lol I didn’t even know Drudge Report was even still around,” she stated.
“I still think someone claiming to ruin my career on the Drudge Report is objectively hilarious. I know you’re thirsty for media news, maybe u can report on someone claiming to destroy me on Geocities next,” she tweeted on Tuesday in response to CNN’s reporting, according to Fox News.
Online media reporter doesn't know Drudge Report—one of most trafficked sites on internet—was "still around?" Sounds like she doesn't know how to do her job.
— japecake (@japecake) May 3, 2022
In April, Lorenz was slammed for a report doxxing “Libs of Tik Tok” on Twitter.
That happened just days after she gave an interview to MSNBC concerning online harassment she has allegedly experienced, recounting violent threats she says she has received and claiming she suffers from “severe PTSD” and had contemplated suicide.
“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,” she told MSNBC just before hypocritically harassing Libs of Tik Tok. “It’s horrifying… It’s overwhelming.”
She would go on to blame MSNBC for the mess she created.
If your segment or story on “online harassment” leads to even worse online harassment for your subjects, you fucked up royally and should learn how to cover these things properly before ever talking about them again.
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) April 3, 2022
The Washington Post defended Lorenz as “an accomplished and diligent journalist whose reporting methods comport entirely with The Washington Post’s professional standards.”
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