On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump Jr. published via Twitter the email chain between himself and a British promoter regarding the possibility of a Russian lawyer having information about Hillary Clinton. Shortly after Trump Jr. tweeted, the New York Times published a story on the emails. For one journalist, that wasn’t the main story. No, it was that he got scooped and wasted a year of his life.
Jared Yates Sexton, who according to his Twitter bio has written for the New York Times, Politico, and The New Republic, had a somewhat public meltdown over Trump Jr.’s tweet. Here, let him explain.
Hey, so don't get me wrong. I am incredibly happy that the president's son, um, tweeted out proof of collusion. 1/— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
It's just so bizarre. As an independent journalist you work crazy hard hoping something will fall into your lap and...he tweeted it? 2/— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
And it's so strange. Last year there were those of us who were all over this story and being called paranoid. And now...this? 3/— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
I mean. He just tweeted it. Like it was nothing. Like, it was just another Tuesday. 4/4— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
Later on in the day, he Carly Rae Jepsened his thoughts.
I just met you /— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) July 11, 2017
And this is crazy /
If you're interested in collusion /
Call me maybe?
Woe is Jared. After all his hard work, someone just gave up the goods. Of course he thinks this proves Russian collusion. Which it doesn’t. Should it give people pause? Yep. Does it prove collusion? Nope.
The internet was not kind to poor Jared.
Look, I know this should be an occasion of sober thought about the stupidity displayed by the Trumps.— N. Bourbaki (@d08890) July 11, 2017
But I can't stop laughing at this. pic.twitter.com/UkkE3KNGpP
It's like he was looking for a nice gift to hand PepeChan. Jesus man. pic.twitter.com/XuciSAJZhc— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2017
Welcome to the party. https://t.co/9P81RoEf0I— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2017
A ray of light in this entire story. https://t.co/vxARtvWeZx— neontaster (@neontaster) July 11, 2017
A Wall Street Journal reporter had some wise words for Sexton.
Dude, enough. It's simple: DJTJr knew the NYT had the emails; he tweeted them to frontrun them. It's a huge scoop, good for them. Move on.— Robbie Whelan (@RWhelanWSJ) July 11, 2017
In addition to whining about being scooped, Sexton is writing a book: “The People are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage.” Here’s what he highlights people are saying about it.
"Jared Yates Sexton ventured into the dark heart of American partisanship and emerged with a warning that all of us would do well to heed. Thoughtful, compassionate, and exceptionally brave, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how—and why—our country turned on itself." (Emphasis added)
- Bronwen Dickey
“Sexton’s reporting provides a unique nuts-and-bolts look at the campaigns, and his eyewitness reports of the aggressive displays at Trump rallies are both terrifying and fascinating.”
- Publisher's Weekly
Get that? He is “exceptionally brave” for writing about the “aggressive displays at Trump rallies.” Or, you know, the standard media fare about the campaign.
File under: Trump Jr. didn’t go to Jared.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.