How Journalism Works, Part 1: Kirsten Grind from the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal’s Kirsten Grind isn’t interested in the truth. She just wants to know if I’m sorry for being mean to people on the internet. Bitch no, I’m not.

All journalists are liars, and what’s worse, they know they are liars and carry on doing it anyway. Here’s how the typical ‘request for comment’ process goes. Most people never get to see the process in action, so I thought from time to time I might share interactions with them, so you can see what it’s like trying to get a fair hearing from these bastards.

Here’s number one. It’s an email conversation I just had with Kirsten Grind from the Wall Street Journal. It’s a window into the awful reality of modern American journalism. In our emails, Grind is absolutely determined to avoid any discussion of whether or not her allegations are true or false. She takes it as a fact that I “harassed” the actress Leslie Jones, and wants to know if I’m sorry.

The moment I set the record straight, it became clear that this request for comment was merely perfunctory, and the reporter was already committed to the narrative that I was banned for bad behavior, and not because — as everyone bloody well knows — social networks have been systematically purging all the popular, effective conservatives for years.

Note in particular how I was forced to accept the faulty underlying premise (in this case, a bogus allegation that I harassed a black actress) in order to be allowed to comment on my supposed wrongdoing, wrongdoing that never happened in the first place.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:22 PM Grind, Kirsten <[email protected]> wrote:

Hi Milo – I’m writing a story on how some of the content decisions get made at Twitter, and we are mentioning when they banned you in 2016 for harassing the actress Leslie Jones. I wanted to see if you wanted to comment on that at all. I am on deadline so would need to hear back soon.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:48 PM MILO <[email protected]> wrote:

Sure, by email is fine. I never harassed Leslie Jones. That’s a lie. No one has ever been able to prove otherwise, because I didn’t do it.

Most recent thing I wrote on this:

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 6:53 PM Grind, Kirsten <[email protected]> wrote:

Sorry, did you not call her a guy, ugly and fat in these Tweets?
And also “barely literate?”

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:05 PM, MILO <[email protected]> wrote:

Err, that’s not harassment.
I was banned for “targeted harassment” when I did no such thing. I, a celebrity, said some mean words about another celebrity. Because I’m Republican and she’s a black woman, they took the opportunity to ban me, which they’d wanted to do for years.
If you think any of the above is “harassment,” I can’t help you. Presumably you think every celebrity feud is harassment. Did Kathy Griffin “harass” me this week? Gosh! Can I have a story about that please? Must be homophobia, aaaaaarrghhhh!!!
(Get back to me when you’re off the drugs!)
I am entitled to call rich, famous, powerful people whatever names I want. That is not harassment. At no time did I encourage anyone else to send anything else to Leslie Jones either. In fact, I had written a review shortly before that of the all-female Ghostbusters in which I expressed SYMPATHY for her, and said it was a shame she was condemned to such a two-dimensional black stereotype.
The SLIGHTEST research on your part would have made all this clear and answered all your questions.
Interviews are not a substitute for basic research. Stop being so lazy.
And I am stunned that you — a JOURNAL reporter, no less, sent me a link to VOX. For shame.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:08 PM Grind, Kirsten <[email protected]> wrote:

Okay thanks, I will quote you on the bolded, underlined part.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:10 PM, MILO <[email protected]> wrote:

So you still intend to allege, wrongly, that I harassed her, and include the truth merely as a denial from me?

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:11 PM Grind, Kirsten <[email protected]> wrote:

If you’d rather comment on your Twitter removal in general can include that instead.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:14 PM, MILO <[email protected]> wrote:

Why are you avoiding the question? Are you intending to lie about me in your reporting or not?

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:15 PM Grind, Kirsten <[email protected]> wrote:

Not avoiding it, just don’t feel need to get in big debate over small part of story, thanks.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 7:19 PM, MILO <[email protected]> wrote:

You made a direct, false allegation in your request for comment. Now you are refusing to confirm that your reporting will be truthful now I’ve taken the time to correct your misunderstanding. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable. So to summarize, we have escalated from (let’s be generous) a misunderstanding to (tough to avoid the conclusion) explicit, malicious, defamatory falsehood. Just want to get that in writing.
By the way, go fuck yourself.

So there you have it. Grind cares more about extracting a confession from me for imagined crimes than getting to the truth.

This is some Kafkaesque shit we’re dealing with, y’all.

Milo Yiannopoulos is an award-winning investigative reporter and the New York Times-bestselling author of DANGEROUS.

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