The Media Is Way Too Easily Distracted By Twitter-Friendly Stories

The Federalist | 10/5/2019 | Emily Jashinsky
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I logged onto Twitter Thursday night to discover stories trending nationwide about two fringe activists: a 21-year-old named Jacob Wohl and a would-be baby eater.

The would-be baby eater turned out to be a plant from the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee, which apparently dispatched a woman to one of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) town halls to demand she support baby-eating as part of her climate change agenda.

Jacob - Wohl - History - Disinformation - Campaigns

Jacob Wohl is an operative whose short but checkered history in political disinformation campaigns clearly demonstrates the point of his spectacles is to attract media attention. On Thursday, he attempted to advance some very believable theory about Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) extramaritally romancing a 24-year-old Marine.

Both stories proved irresistible fodder for Twitter, and understandably so. The bizarre baby-eating outburst was entertaining, although some on the right genuinely seemed to assign it news value for Ocasio-Cortez’s response, in which she did not condemn cannibalizing infants.

Wohl - Fruit - Efforts

Wohl is low-hanging fruit that journalists just can’t resist picking. Amusing as his efforts can be, what little...
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