There are many things that have been written about me that are provably false but the Politico Magazine piece really takes it to another level. I can’t be expected to correct all of these stupid journalists. If I did it would distract me from my mission of ultimately replacing them so I have decided to only address the factual disputes and I do so here only because I want a contemporaneous account.
Put simply, Jacob Silverman’s piece on me in Politico Magazine is filled with inaccuracies. We all know what a “hit” piece is; his is a hit piece with false statements. Worse, when I offered to provide him with evidence about the claims that he indicated to me he was going to write about, he clearly indicated that he wasn’t interested.
For example, Silverman falsely claims that I “made [myself] persona non grata at even fringier conservative outlets like Breitbart and The Blaze.” This is false, and the fake statement is meant to smear me as somehow being “fringe.” I’ve been on the Blaze’s B-Cast repeatedly since going independent and I’ve been offered a job from Breitbart as recently as earlier this year. I offered to provide him emails showing evidence but he wasn’t interested.
Most troubling, he also claims that I am racist and sexist and says that my work “targets” “women and minorities.” This is false, and Silverman knew that when he wrote it. In fact, my work has often featured white male Republicans who are corrupt. One needs only look at the work that I did on the Republican Senator Thad Cochran and former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan. Indeed, I launched my own news company (GotNews.com) by publishing the first person account of a black Reverend who claims he was paid by (white) Republican Senator Thad Cochran to help steal an election by scaring black people. I also wrote a dozen or so stories about the U.S. Senate elections that featured predominately white candidates.
Silverman also recycles more than a few discredited stories, such as claims that I was incorrect in my stories about Cory Booker not living in Newark, or the Robert Menendez scandals. My stories were not wrong. . When Silverman wrote his hit piece, Menendez remained under FBI investigation, having spent over a million in his own defense. Booker has never been exonerated; rather, he merely produced a few receipts to the liberal soft-ball site, BuzzFeed. The Buzzfeed does cat pornography well, but is it not an investigative journalism outfit that can “clear” a favored candidate who belongs to the party for which Buzzfeed is a shill.
Silverman also makes outright false claims about seemingly minor matters, in order to malign my a ability as an investigative journalist.. He claims, for example, that I offered to pay $250 for a photo of a politician’s wife. This is not true. In fact, I offered to pay to see the alleged nursing home photo at the center of the Mississippi Senate primary. I wanted to see it for myself and I make no apologies.
Silverman also says I’ve published the home addresses of journalists from the New York Times and the Washington Post covering the Ferguson race protests. This is false but he has refused to correct it. I only published the home addresses of two journalists from the New York Times, and not the Washington Post– specifically, the two who published the street address of officer Darren Wilson.
Much of Silverman’s piece relies on anonymous sources, ostensibly from my “editors” at other publications. Silverman is simply lying about this, and lying with malice. I have statements from those editors who edited me, including Tim Cavanaugh and David Martosko, at the Daily Caller, who say that Silverman never bothered to contact them. He couldn’t have interviewed Andrew Breitbart because, well, Andrew is dead.
Finally, although more as evidence of a shoddy hit piece – poorly executed – I obviously reject the comparisons of me to the Westboro Baptist Church. This is simple, stupid argument ad hominem.
I am particularly disappointed by a publication such as Politico that obviously didn’t bother to factcheck Silverman’s claims. .
Hopefully, Politico will learn from this mistake.