We love mainstream media hypocrisy.
Only a couple of weeks ago, the liberal media was freaking out at the fact that Fox News had the Stormy Daniels story prior to the 2016 election but chose not to run with it. They used this as another example of how Fox News was in the tank for Donald Trump and why they should not be treated as a legitimate news outlet. Now, ignoring the fact that the reporter who passed on the story made it extremely clear why he chose to do so – bizarre comments from Stormy, anonymous message board trolls, and a whole host of weirdness that added up to a nonstory at the time – we now have to wonder if Reuters will get the same treatment.
Because what they did is much worse.
This weekend, Reuters ran a feature story about Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke in which the young Texan revealed that he was once a member of the hacking group the Cult of the Dead Cow. This was a pretty strange thing to find out about someone who wants to be in the White House. And when you put it together with some of the bizarre, child-murdering fantasies that O’Rourke apparently wrote on the Cult’s forum back in his teenage days, we’d have to imagine that it will affect the way people view him as a candidate. Good thing for him that none of this stuff came out during his Senate run against Ted Cruz!
Except…it should have.
As Reuters freely admitted after the story broke, they’d actually discovered that O’Rourke was a member of this hacking group – in 2017! But…but…why didn’t they run the story then?
Let them explain: “After more than a year of reporting, [Joseph] Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.”
Wow, journalistic integrity at its finest. Oh, the target of our story will go on the record if we agree to hold the story off until it no longer matters to his political ambitions. Cool, let’s go with that!
It’s a joke, and Reuters should be the shame of Washington right now.
If O’Rourke was a Republican, they would be.