Ed Morrissey’s headline says it all: Unreal: WaPo reporter claimed “severe PTSD” from Internet criticism — and then doxxed an anonymous Twitter user:
Remember this MSNBC segment on online harassment? MSNBC aired it less than two weeks ago. Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz claimed to have “severe PTSD” over online bullying and doxxing, which she claimed was aimed at her primarily because of her gender. Lorenz’ critics instead pointed to her long track record of targeting people for doxxing and generating cancel campaigns based on her biases and occasionally dishonest reporting:
“You feel like any little piece of information that gets out on you will be used by the worst people on the Internet to destroy your life,” Lorenz said while choking back tears, “and it’s so isolating.”
I felt a little sorry for Lorenz after that interview because she talked of thoughts of suicide, and such thoughts are awful no matter how unreasonable they might be.
But if Internet criticism causes her that much pain, she ought not be publishing stories like this — because it’s a reliable way to generate a storm of such criticism.
I just don’t understand why WaPo greenlighted a story like this. Or maybe I understand all too well.