I’m an author, filmmaker, and journalist. You’re reading this book, aren’t you? And it’s based on a major motion picture, which is a fancy way of saying movie. Hoaxed is my second film. My first film, Silenced had a huge cast of everyone from all walks of life.
I enjoy talking to and about interesting people and interesting subjects, and don’t really have “politics.” Think about all of the profiles of me, and there have been thousands. None of them mention my actual political views, because my views are sort of boring.
My first book Gorilla Mindset has sold over 100,000 copies. The average book sells 1,000 copies in a lifetime, thus promoting multi-best-selling author Neil Strauss to say, “Selling 10,000 copies of a book is equivalent to a gold record. Selling 100,000 copies of a book is going platinum.”
I’m currently involved in precedent-setting litigation in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, after I sued to obtain records involving a convicted sexual predator. The Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, a non-partisan organization devoted to journalism, filed a brief supporting my lawsuit. The Miami Herald also filed a lawsuit after mine was dismissed, claiming that my lawsuit was just and valid.
A member of Congress, John Conyers, resigned because of my reporting. And an A-List Hollywood actor was fired by Disney after my reporting surfaced some disturbing views he had. Chuck Todd asked the National Security Adviser of the United States of America about me on Meet the Press. That’s the level of the game I play at, when I choose to.
As Muhammad Alisaid, “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
Yet if you Google me, you’re be taken into an alternative universe called Wikiality, a term coined by left-wing comedian Stephen Colbert. According to the Urban dictionary, “Wikiality refers to the changing of reality or truth via a Wikipedia-like system, allowing the public to change facts as long as there are others that agree.”
The Wikipedia entry on me describes me as an “alt-right conspiracy theorist.”
I have a biracial family, so a “white ethnostate” isn’t a desire of mine, and I don’t like the alt-right guys. Countless articles from reputable sources explain that I’m not alt-right. It is simply inaccurate to describe me as alt-right, but accuracy doesn’t matter to Wikipedia.
Some people with very disturbing Internet histories, in an effort to incite death threats against me, have taken over the Wikipedia entry on me. If you make a change to my Wikipedia page, the change will be reverted within 5 minutes. Whenever I’m in the news, the editors lock the page down to prevent anyone from editing it to reflect the truth about me.
I’m not the only victim of Wikiality. Nazism was the official political philosophy of the GOP, Google results showed. Whatever one thinks of the GOP (and I don’t think highly of it), Nazism would be a bit too far. The Google result was disinformation.
Google refused to take personal responsibility for spreading disinformation. The fault was Wikipedia’s, Google claimed.
Google prioritizes Wikipedia in its search result. The top search hit for nearly any subject will be Wikipedia. (Facebook, too, has integrated Wikipedia into its system, and when you share a link to a news article, and click for more information, the Wikipedia page shows up.)
The issue is that stalkers and harassers can take over a Wikipedia page. It only takes 3 people to collude against you, and your Wikipedia page will share whatever they want it to. There’s nothing anyone can do to stop this.
When Wikipedia isn’t outright fake, they exaggerate trivial stories.
Did you know, for example, that a member of Congress resigned because of me? John Conyers, Jr. settled a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. I obtained the settlement documents, which BuzzFeed published. Boom. He resigned. Don’t take my word for it, the Washington Post wrote about my involvement in the Conyers story.
Susan Rice, former director of the National Security Agent, used her tremendous powers to spy on American people. The process, known as “unmasking,” was the biggest spying scandal of 2017. Rice denied that she unmasked American citizens, and then was forced to admit it after I broke the story.
The Wikipedia page on me doesn’t even mention the Susan Rice unmasking story, and it barely mentions my reporting on James Gunn. Gunn was fired from a billion-dollar film franchise after I uncovered disturbing Tweeted he had made, which he claimed were merely jokes about child molestation. James Gunn gets one line in the entry about me.
Five full paragraphs are devoted to a trivial internet beef I had with some guy whose name I can barely remember. Sometime a year or so ago, I found a Tweet by a mid-tier YouTube. His Tweet read: “Don’t care re Polanski, but I hope if my daughter is ever raped it is by an older truly talented man w/ a great sense of mise en scene.”
That Tweet was pretty creepy, to put it mildly, and I called MSNBC for comment. MSNBC cancelled his contributor contract, although it quickly rehired him after Christopher Hayes came to his rescue. He was only joking, Hayes claimed, and everyone needed to lighten up. What’s a rape joke among friends?
In terms of my life, the media bro story wasn’t a top 100. To the creeps who stalk my Wikipedia page, one trivial story takes on outsized importance. Five full paragraphs detailing every in-and-out to something I spent an hour on.
Meanwhile, my reporting on a member of Congress and A-list director receive a blur. How many journalists have forced a member of Congress to resign and reported a story leading to the director of a billion-dollar film franchise resign?
If Wikipedia were accurate, they’d describe me as an author, filmmaker, and sometimes journalist. They’d include in their entry that I’ve made multiple films and am involved in major free press litigation.
Wikipedia is a fake encyclopedia.
Do not trust anything you read in it.
And don’t trust anyone who refers to me as part of any political movement.
If you liked this essay, read Hoaxed book, which contains several more original essays in addition to deep dive interviews with some of the world’s most interesting thinkers.
CNN’s Brian Stelter Apologizes for Mistake (Good Man)
Update: Brian Stelter has apologized.
This was a full and unequivocal apology, and all of us should applaud it and remember it when our time to own up to mistakes arises.
(Because that day is coming for all of us, sooner or later.) pic.twitter.com/QWtBLDsK4s
— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 1, 2020
CNN’s Brian Stelter falsely accused a woman of spreading disinformation tonight, in a Tweet Stelte deleted without apology after it was revealed that Stelter lying.
The lie concerned a fire started by rioters in Washington D.C. Katrina B. Haydon reported that St. John’s church near the White House was on fire.
Box Alarm 1525 H St NW. #DCsBravest had fire in basement of church. Fire extinguishing. Checking for extension.
— DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC Lite (@dcfireems) June 1, 2020
NEW: Fire was in basement of St. Johns, and is out, my @washingtonpost colleague @phscoop reports from DC fire department. Firefighters got there w/ a police escort and quickly put out the blaze. Did NOT appear to cause any significant damage, and it is unclear how it started.
— Michelle Boorstein (@mboorstein) June 1, 2020
Stelter attacked the woman, baselessly accusing her of lying.
Brian Stelter has yet to apologize to spreading disinformation.
Shannon Bream and live video feed on Fox
— Katrina B Haydon (@katrinabhaydon) June 1, 2020
He called you a liar and then deleted it. Amazing.
— Jarvis (@jarvis_best) June 1, 2020
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 1, 2020
Accuses me of either lying or being too dumb to communicate what I’m seeing on live TV, then deletes it pic.twitter.com/A8tCQ5JOdT
— Katrina B Haydon (@katrinabhaydon) June 1, 2020
Did Brian Stelter lie to protect violent protesters?
Why did Stelter lie?
Is he trying to provide propaganda for violent protesters and domestic terrorists?
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) June 1, 2020
“Burn It Down,” ESPN Writer Encourages Arson of Low Income Housing
ESPN sportswriter Chris Palmer Martin Tweeted, “Burn that shit down. Burn it all down.” The burning building was a low-income housing area in Minneapolis. (Minneapolis vandalism targets include 189-unit affordable housing development.)
When rioters neared Martin’s home, he called them “animals.”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 31, 2020
The media has a history of supporting ANTIFA.
CNN in 2017: Antifa opposes hate and seek peace through violence
— Scooter Downey (@TrueLegendFilms) May 30, 2020
Media bro’s went from ANTIFA is good to ANTIFA doesn’t exist https://t.co/XWormC5xNE
— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 31, 2020
Hoaxed Movie Uncovers the Media’s Relationship with ANTIFA
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Trump Channels CNN in Joe Scarborough “Cold Case”
“It’s possible, but I don’t know.” With those words former FBI Director James Comey set a new standard for media coverage of public figures. Even when there is no evidence to substantiate your claim, even when you’re relying on a document that had been discredited within the FBI, even when you’re quoting work product that was the result of Russian disinformation, you give no quarter to your enemies.
I am referencing the infamous pee-pee interview James Comey gave to ABC. Comey’s words were amplified by every media outlet. No context was added (such as the FBI’s knowing the Steele dossier was funded by Democrats and contained hoaxes from Russian pranksters).
"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don’t know whether a current host of a major MSNBC show killed a staffer. It’s possible, but I don’t know."
How is that *any* different from this stuff CNN and media did for 3 years? https://t.co/UtFxbLDx8P
— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 27, 2020
And now Trump is applying these same principles to Joe Scarborough.
Media figures cry foul. What moral authority do they have?
Scarborough’s own colleague Rachel Maddow accuses people of being Russian assets. When called to answer those allegations in court, she claims that her assertions, believed to be statements of fact by her millions of viewers, are “quintessential statements of rhetorical hyperbole, incapable of being proved true or false.”
As much as I’m glad to see Joe Scarborough be treated with the same “journalistic ethics” as he treats others, I feel for the Lori Klausutis family, who no doubt do not want these painful memories resurfaced. Scarborough deserves this, but the Klausutis family does not.
But as always the media is treating itself as the real victim here.
The same media figures who recklessly smeared innocent teenagers from Covington High School as racists have much to say about a need for others to measure their words.
The same media figures who obsess over every mean Tweet a conservative posts ignores Scarborough’s on-air recording joking about the tragic death of a staffer.
Feel some empathy for the Klausutis. They are caught in a battle they didn’t start.
Scarborough, however, is getting exactly what he and everyone else on cable news deserves.
Whoa! Did Joe Scarborough really say this? https://t.co/jXz58vz3zn
— Essential Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 27, 2020