The New Yorker sent a writer out to spend three days in Southern California to investigate my work in media. It was a fun experience, I got to talk to a liberal (but not full SJW) about the issues of the day, and we disagreed on most of the major issues of the day, but it was always civil.
The afternoon before Clinton’s speech, Mike Cernovich, a thick-chested white man in his late thirties, sitting on a veranda in Southern California, opened the live-streaming app Periscope on his iPad and filmed a video called “How to fight back against Sick Hillary and the #ClintonNewsNetwork.” By “Clinton News Network,” he meant CNN and other corporate media outlets. The word “sick” described Clinton morally and physically: Cernovich was among the first to insinuate publicly that Clinton had a grave neurological condition, and that the media was covering it up. By “fight back,” he meant, basically, tweeting. Internet activism is sometimes derided as “slacktivism”—a fair characterization when an online campaign tries to, say, cure aids or end child labor. When the goal is to seed social media with misinformation, though, online organizing can be shockingly effective.
There’s some snark in the article, but that’s the East Coast style. I go hard and have no issue with others doing the same. He was nicer to me than I am to pundits, so what’s there to say about his words? All good by me.
We went deep into news cycle. This is some of the finest writing you’ll see this election cycle, and this is the first article that “gets” what is happening.
“If there’s a story that can hurt Hillary, I want it in the news cycle,” Cernovich said. “When I first started, that meant figuring out how news cycles work.” One way to propel a story into the mainstream is to get it linked by the Drudge Report. “If it’s on Drudge, then it’s on ‘Hannity,’ ” Cernovich said. “If it’s on ‘Hannity,’ then Brian Stelter’s talking about it on CNN.”
A lot of people are going to be angry at the writer – not YOU, but my haters. As the article explains my methods in a sensible way, Andrew will be falsely accused of “legitimizing” me rather than explaining a legitimate cultural phenomena, of which I’m a notable part.
This is some cool art. (ILLUSTRATION BY MATT DORFMAN)
The article doesn’t approve of my tactics or put me on a pedestal. It’s an explanation, and indeed the article intimates that I live off of my ex-wife and am a misogynist. But I know how the loony left and cucked right thinks better than most. They are going to be furious.
The truth is no system can “legitimize” me, as my goal isn’t to be recognized as proper by the establishment. My work stands on its own, and your readership is the only legitimacy I’ll ever desire.