Controversial Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz was forced to walk back a claim that she was being ‘relentlessly harassed’ by an editor at Drudge Report – just hours after making the accusation.
Lorenz, an ‘internet culture’ columnist for the Washington Post, tweeted on Monday that an editor for Drudge Report had been ‘calling and texting me relentlessly for the past couple of weeks.’
She wrote that the editor then ‘called my personal cellphone number, yelled at me when I asked him to leave me alone and said he would “blast my name all over Drudge Report until it ruins my career,”‘ in now-deleted tweets, according to FOX News.
But when Oliver Darcy, a senior media editor for CNN, contacted founder Matt Drudge, he said that he ‘never contacted her, nor has anyone associated with Drudge Report.’
He added that he sent Lorenz an email asking for correction – and when she received the request she deleted her tweets about the alleged harassment and posted a clarification.
‘For anyone who saw my post abt this man claiming to be from Drudge calling me nonstop, good news: I heard from Matt Drudge and this man has zero power over Drudge.
‘He’s claiming to be an editor all over the Internet, but he’s not,’ she tweeted Monday night, adding: ‘Sorry to disappoint everyone saying Drudge is based.’
In a statement from the Washington Post, a spokesman clarified: ‘Taylor was repeatedly contacted by someone who claimed to be a Drudge editor.
‘As soon as she learned the person had no connection to the Drudge Report, she deleted the original tweet, and wrote a tweet apologizing for her comment.
Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz, left, had accused an editor at the Drudge Report of harassing her online, but after founder Matt Drudge, right, asked for a correction she deleted her tweets
Lorenz later wrote that in a tweet that the man who was allegedly harassing her was not an editor for the Drudge Report
Lorenz also reportedly told CNN that her initial tweets about the alleged harassment were a ‘joke,’ and she found the idea that someone at Drudge could harm her career ‘hilarious.’
She said she was ‘laughing very hard about the idea’ and was simply joking about it online, telling Darcy: ‘I am happy to correct the record that I have no drama with Drudge Report.’
Later, FOX News reports, Lorenz shrugged off the allegations online.
‘I just got a good laugh over the idea Drudge Report would have any impact on my career lol,’ she reportedly wrote in now-deleted tweets.
‘Lol I didn’t even know Drudge Report was even still around,’ she added.
‘I still think someone claiming to ruin my career on the Drudge Report is objectively hilarious,’ she continued, noting: ‘I know you’re thirsty for media news, maybe u can report on someone claiming to destroy me on Geocities next,’ referring to a precursor to modern social media.
Lorenz has been facing backlash online since she was preparing to publish a piece revealing the identity of the person behind the Libs of TikTok Twitter account. She is pictured here at a convention in 2019
Her intention to reveal the identity behind the anonymous Twitter account was first made public after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw shared a screengrab of an email she allegedly received from Lorenz last month
Lorenz has faced backlash online since she was preparing to publish a piece revealing the identity of the person behind the Libs of TikTok Twitter account.
The account has 1.2 million followers and regularly posts videos that were originally published on TikTok featuring liberals allegedly ‘grooming’ children on LGBT issues.
Lorenz’s intention to reveal the identity of the account holder – whom she later named as Chaya Raichik, who worked as a real estate agent in Brooklyn – first became public knowledge on April 18 when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary shared a screenshot of an email allegedly sent by Lorenz asking for comment on the story.
The email showed Lorenz was working on a story ‘exposing the woman’ behind the Libs of TikTok account, and asking Christina Pushaw for a comment.
She simply replied in the tweet with a clown emoji.
Soon after, conservatives on Twitter accused Lorenz of ‘doxxing’ and harassing the creator. Many also accused her of hypocrisy for allegedly exposing another woman to the same type of online harassment she had complained of receiving in an MSNBC interview.
By April 19, the Libs of TikTok account shared a photo apparently showing Lorenz at the house of some of Raichik’s relatives.
Raichik wrote at the time: ‘Thankfully I’m currently holed up in a safe location.
‘I’m confident we will get through this and come out even stronger.’