Patrick is a mid-40 year old geek with an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in Information Systems. Nothing he says here has anything to do with the official position of his employer or any other institution.

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  1. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    The Kenyan Socialist Usurper might not attend military funerals, but thank God there are some patriots who never miss one.Report

  2. Avatar Kim says:

    225+ retweets? Got into actual press without folks actually fact checking.
    *tip of the hat*Report

  3. Avatar Jim Heffman says:

    Do we get to claim that those aren’t influential, relevant, or mainstream right-wing publications? Or do we only get to do that when it’s left-wing people who did something stupid?Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Yes, but only if you can pull some stats.

      I may really dislike “MoveOn” (this came up with the whole Betray-Us thingy)… but they are a pretty big group of people. (influential/relevant/mainstream? maybe not…)Report

    • Avatar Patrick says:


      The specific telling point to me wasn’t that the Right-o-sphere seized upon some data point that reinforced their narrative and republished it without fact-checking, it’s more of “it’s pretty easy for this to happen very quickly” (see also: the story about cheese boards).

      Notable, though, is that The Washington Examiner is sort of actually a thing, part of the same media empire that controls The Weekly Standard, and Byron is their political reporter, and he fessed up, “I played a role in that. On Saturday morning, I tweeted, without comment, a link to the original Legal Insurrection article.”

      This is where the line between reporters (and editors) on one side and reporters (and social media) on the other gets really blurry.Report