We now know that Reuters “reporter” Joseph Menn purposely shielded Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke from his embarrassing past association with a notorious hacker group until after his Senate election so that Beto would not have to be confronted over his membership in a criminal organization while he worked to oust Ted Cruz from the U.S. Senate.
This so-called “reporter” directly admitted that he shielded O’Rourke from the news.
Menn made big news last week when he revealed his research that O’Rourke belonged to the notorious “Cult of the Dead Cow” hacker group back in the early 2000s.
The hacker group wasn’t just a bunch of mischievous kids, either. It was a criminal enterprise that stole software, cheated intellectual property, and even broke into companies and servers to steal credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases.
O’Rourke was a member of this group and participated in these activities.
In his interview with Menn, O’Rourke spoke positively of the CDC, through which he engaged in illegal activity. According to Menn’s reporting, O’Rourke accessed cracked gaming software and stole credit card numbers in order to place free long distance phone calls.
“There’s just this profound value in being able to be apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you’re doing it,” O’Rourke said of the group. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”
But Menn agreed to hold this information until after O’Rourke’s Senate campaign was over so that the candidate would not have to face serious questions about illegal activities until after Election Day.
This is the exact same thing as when members of the media refused to publish photos of Barack Obama grinning it up with Louis Farrakhan before his 2008 run for president because they did not want to force Obama to have to explain why he was such a big fan of the racist, anti-Semitic, anti-American preacher of hate.
Menn explained away his agreement to shield Beto by claiming that the info he had was for a book and he did not want to put out his key finding before his book was published.
To be clear, I offered @BetoORourke an embargo because it was for a book I was on leave to write, not for my day job, and because no one else who knew would confirm the facts before the election.
— Joseph Menn (@josephmenn) March 16, 2019
He went on to claim that he didn’t get “confirmation” until after the election, but that does not jive with his first claim that he offered an embargo. If he didn’t have the facts, how could he “embargo” anything?
No, what we really have here is a member of the left-wing media protecting a Democrat unlike what he would do if he had such damaging info on a Republican.
Just another example of how crooked the mainstream media really is.
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