As you may or may not have heard, the actual-factual White House correspondent for the dumbest site on the internet was arrested for assault on Tuesday.
Lucian Wintrich, the White House correspondent for the far right, White House-credentialed website Gateway Pundit, was arrested Tuesday night after grabbing a woman at a talk he was giving. The altercation happened at the University of Connecticut during a talk Wintrich was giving a talk called “It Is OK To Be White” after a woman appeared to grab papers off the podium.
There’s so much to unpack here. I don’t want to. You can’t make m—what’s that? I have to anyway? UGH. Fine. But I’m lodging a formal protest, I’ll have you know.
So here’s the short version: The thing called “Gateway Pundit” is, as previously mentioned, the dumbest site on the internet. It is a far-right blog run by the Dumbest Man On The Internet, Jim Hoft, and is known not so much for being a conspiracy site as for being the most gullible set of rubes on the planet. They’re the sort that regularly publishes goofy hoaxes in the earnest belief they’re real—not sophisticated fake-news efforts, but things more along the lines of “the scorch marks on this piece of rye toast clearly indicate that Hillary Clinton did Benghazi.” It is, as a site, renowned for its dumbness. It became popular among conservatives in ye olden days of George W. Bush for reliably propping up whatever the conservative argument of the moment required propping up, often with obviously faked “documents” or other would-be SUPER IMPORTANT PROOF that would last about three hours before being debunked in comic fashion. A decade later, it’s still a running internet joke; Jim Hoft is, indeed, the Dumbest Man On The Internet, and there is not a close second.
The Trump White House gave these jackasses White House access because, and how I wish we were kidding here, Trump’s team became enamored of the Dumbest-Man-On-The-Internet website. Finally, a site with as loose a relationship to the truth as Trump’s own pie-hole; Team Garbage Fire found Team Pundit Garbage Fire, and they set off to make lovely Garbage Fire Jourmalizm Press Room Babies together.
Lucian Wintrich is the guy who landed that “White House correspondent” role. If you are a C-SPAN viewer you may have been witness to his Dumbest Site On The Internet questions during White House press events. If you have, you have my sincerest sympathies. I recommend booze.
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