Taylor Lorenz denounces WaPo colleague, peddles anti-vax conspiracy and admits to several crimes
Democracy dies in a small drama: WaPo journalists continue to attack on social networks
Andrew Stiles • October 5, 2022 5:00 PM
Taylor Lorenz is having a hectic week.
What happened: On Tuesday, the TikTok journalist challenged the scientific effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in a Twitter message attacking a Washington Post coworker. On Wednesday, she confessed to a series of crimes in the Washington, DC metro area.
how it started: Helaine Olen, opinion columnist at Jobtweeted in response to a New York Post article about deranged geezer Howard Stern eating at a restaurant for the first time since 2020.
• “At some point we will have to start a conversation about people who are still too afraid to leave their homes because of COVID,” Olen wrote. “I personally know of two such cases. It’s not a healthy way to live.”
Shots fired: Lorenz was indignant. “What an absurd and insensitive thing to post,” she shot back. “Thousands of people are dying every week, millions are disabled and we have no effective medicine to prevent infection.” Lorenz briefly deleted the tweet before reposting it.
Fact check“We don’t have any effective medicine to prevent infection.”
• This is anti-science misinformation. It is dangerous and should be reported as such.
• Experts agree: the COVID-19 vaccine is a safe and effective medicine that helps prevent infection and minimize symptoms.
Serial crime: In response to a Twitter post about scammers in the DC Metro, Lorenz admitted that she “never paid for a single ride” during her internship in the nation’s capital years ago. This would have been long before 2018, when the DC Council vote to decriminalize subway fare evasion, meaning Lorenz committed several criminal acts punishable by 10 days in jail and a fine of up to $300.
Why didn’t she get caught? Answer: White privilege.
• According to a studyblacks accounted for more than 90% of citations and summonses issued for fare evasion between 2016 and 2018.
The big picture: The Washington Post has a problem. His employees are constantly attacking each other on social media. Journalist Felicia Sonmez was fired in June after launching a days-long tirade against the Job precipitated by the retweet of a colleague of a to joke she didn’t like it.
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