Supporters of Donald Trump— including many on the “alt-right”– tried to name and shame an Asian woman caught on camera peeking at Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson‘s notes, but kept fingering the wrong woman.
In a video that went viral Wednesday, a woman and a group of men hang around Tillerson’s seat during a break in his confirmation hearing. The woman notices that Tillerson left his notes, walks over, and positions her phone in a way that suggests she was taking a photo. Later, the woman can be seen pointing out Tillerson’s notes to one of her acquaintances.
— Truth Bombers (@Truth_Bombers) January 12, 2017
Indignant, Trump fans set out to discover which Asian reporter it could have been. (It’s worth noting that there’s no indication that the woman in the video was even a reporter to begin with. Even if she were, there aren’t really any ethical guidelines banning journalists from reporting on documents left in plain view in a public setting.)
Someone somewhere decided the woman was Washington Post homepage editor Doris Truong. That led to a post on Jim Hoft‘s Gateway Pundit declaring “SICK: WaPo Reporter Caught Sneaking Photos of Rex Tillerson’s Notes at Senate Hearing,” which was then picked up by the Drudge Report. From there, the harassment began.
— M.Primeau (@MPrimeau11) January 12, 2017
— DeplorableUno (@Shapopo_Joe) January 12, 2017
— deplorablecv1 (@deplorablecv1) January 12, 2017
Looks >>>@DorisTruong<<< its an evil Nazi cunt
— Blacks for Trump (@MLKrepublican) January 12, 2017
— Obama SUCKS ASS! (@OndissBob) January 12, 2017
There’s only one problem: that’s not Doris Truong. Gateway Pundit updated its piece after being contacted by The Washington Post, and it no longer appears on Drudge’s page.
Then Inside Climate reporter Lisa Song was accused.
@lisalsong We’re watching you. You America haters better understand treason and lies are not longer cool.
— Mick Russom (@mickrussom) January 12, 2017
— Muthaucker (@muthaucker) January 12, 2017
@lisalsong oh great leader Kim Jong Un will be so proud of you….forced labor for you! And no kimchi for you!
— Mario Trenta (@MarioTrenta) January 12, 2017
— OleHickry1814 (@qwerty91231) January 12, 2017
Nope, not her either.
Hey twitter trolls, not all Asians look alike. I was nowhere near DC yesterday. Was in Boston/Cambridge, not even covering Tillerson. https://t.co/IG3lWkReut
— Lisa Song (@lisalsong) January 12, 2017
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