Taylor Lorenz of the Washington Post was chastised on Monday when it emerged that she was preparing to divulge the identity of the lady behind Libs of TikTok, an anonymous Twitter account that re-shares videos posted by lefties on social media in order to expose their extremism.
After Ron DeSantis spokesman Christina Pushaw published an email she received from Lorenz suggesting she wanted to release a story about the account, the arrangements to identify the lady behind it were made. Lorenz recently gave a sad interview about her experiences as a journalist with internet harassment.
“The internet hall monitor at The Bezos Post is ecstatic to “expose” @libsoftiktok. “Here’s my comment,” As the caption to the screenshot of the email, Pushaw wrote. Her fury was mirrored by a large number of her fans.
The backlash was swift, especially because Lorenz previously gave a sad interview on MSNBC in which she claimed to have “severe PTSD” as a result of her work as a journalist and being the target of scathing comments.
Greg Price, a Republican digital strategist, responded, “It takes a special kind of psychopath to cry on television about internet harassment and then dox the woman behind an anonymous Twitter account less than two weeks later.”
“SHOCKER it’s Taylor Lorenz who LIVES for cancel culture and then cries on TV about it lol,” commented podcast host Alex Clark.
“Isn’t this the same Taylor Lorenz who was crying like a child because of online harassment?” Blair White, a YouTube star, described it as “amazing.”
About Libs Of TikTok
Since creating the account in 2020, Libs of TikTok has amassed over 500,000 followers and tens of millions of views on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The streams have helped uncover a number of problems by showcasing the craziest recordings of lefties, particularly teachers.
In February, the designer talked with The New York Post. “I don’t do this for the money or the fame,” she explained. I’m not a politician or a blue-collar reporter. And when they have no one else to turn to for help, people feel like they have someone to talk to.”
Lorenz justified her activities leading up to the release of her essay accusing the Libs of TikTok operator of being a liar. She claimed in a tweet that she used “every tool” at her disposal to “ensure” she had the right person.
“When reporting a story, reporters make phone calls, send messages, show up at locations, and knock on doors,” she explained.
In a second tweet, Lorenz said that the owner of the Libs of TikTok “isn’t just some average woman with a social media account,” but rather “a powerful influencer operating a massively impactful right-wing media shaping the discourse around LGBTQ+ rights.”
The Downfall of Lorenz
Lorenz’s framing was questioned by Ben Shapiro, a conservative columnist and co-founder of The Daily Wire. “It’s pure Lorenz,” Shapiro wrote, “to target a Twitter account that literally just posts Leftists owning themselves because that account damages the Left.”
“Taylor Lorenz is a terrible journalist and even worse human,” Ben Shapiro tweeted.
It was also revealed, via a picture, that Lorenz was at the house of one of Libs of TikTok’s creator’s relatives.
The doxing of Libs of Tik Tok began on Antifa-affiliated accounts, where people followed a trail of screen names through her tweets, tying them to deceased accounts. Two accounts provided the information they discovered linking Libs of Tik Tok to a real person. Travis Brown, the man who doxed Libs of Tik Tok, has a history of doxing, stalking, and harassment, according to reports.
Following that, a piece appeared in The Daily Dot, a left-wing publication that is unafraid to publish images of journalists’ children.
They claim in The Daily Dot’s attack story, which is really a prelude to Lorenz laundering it through the Washington Post, that “It was discovered that Libs of TikTok’s actions were not limited to the internet. Someone tweeting from the Libs of TikTok profile attended the Jan. 6 Capitol demonstration, as software engineer Travis Brown originally reported.”
This will most likely be part of Lorenz’s reporting and will be used to cast doubt on the intentions of the Libs of Tik Tok account holders. Anyone who was in attendance at the January 6, 2020, Trump event at the ellipse, or who stood outside and observed the resulting incident at the Capitol, cannot have anything but terrible ideas, Lorenz would likely tell readers.