Reuters Journalist Sits On Beto O’Rourke Bombshell Story For Two Years Until After Senate Race
Reuters just gave the mainstream media another black eye and they are not even repentant over it. Late Friday night, Reuters came clean that their reporter who broke the story about Democrat Beto O’Rourke belonging to a hacker group had sat on it for two years. He had agreed to suppress the story until after O’Rourke’s Senate race against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). That’s dishonest and fraudulent. It’s media manipulation and exactly why we can’t trust the media.
The report on Beto detailed how he belonged to the infamous 80’s hacktivist group “Cult of the Dead Cow.” He went by the handle of “Psychedelic Warrior.” Some of Beto’s disturbing writings were included. One described fantasies of killing children. Others were weird, disgusting, and frankly unhinged.
“After more than a year of reporting, [Joseph] Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record,” Reuters reported. “In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.” Cult of the Dead Cow has protected O’Rourke and has even helped him raise money to run for office.
Menn found out about Beto’s involvement in the group when he started to write a book about them. He called Cult of the Dead Cow “the most interesting and influential hacking group in history.”
“While I was looking into the Cult of the Dead Cow, I found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress. I didn’t know which one,” Menn said. “And then I figured out which one it was. And the members of the group wouldn’t talk to me about who it was. They wouldn’t confirm that it was this person unless I promised that I wouldn’t write about it until after the November election.” So much for journalistic ethics.
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
Menn approached O’Rourke for an interview for the book and told him it was “going to publish after November and your Senate race is over,” and that O’Rourke agreed to give the interview at that point. A number of O’Rourke’s writings were discovered on an online discussion forum that he started called “TacoLand.”
Regarding the fantasy of killing children, Reuters reported:
“Another t-file from O’Rourke, written when he was 15, is a short and disturbing piece of fiction. “One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles…. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.
“As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.”’
Gosh this is fun. I did not have the story before the November election because no one would talk.
— Joseph Menn (@josephmenn) March 17, 2019
Yahoo! News had even more on Beto’s writings: “Archived versions of writings attributed to O’Rourke’s alias ‘Psychedelic Warlord’ include one that criticized some women as ‘sluts,’ mocked them for having ‘violent boyfriends,’ and suggested a way to deal with these women was to call them ‘completely ugly,’ or inform ‘Nazi Skins in your area’ that they had ‘AIDS.'” Just wow… so not presidential.
More from Yahoo! News:
“In one of these other pieces, Psychedelic Warlord writes from the perspective of a narrator who confronts a feeling of boredom and aimlessness by going on a killing spree, including hitting children with a car. The piece, which was dated 1988, continues with the narrator describing the murder as an “act of love” and saying the feeling it provoked was “simply ecstasy.”
“I had killed nearly 38 people by the time of my twenty-third birthday, and each one was more fulfilling than the last,” Psychedelic Warlord wrote.
“Another archived Psychedelic Warlord piece for the Cult of the Dead Cow was a 1988 interview with a neo-Nazi street preacher. In that piece, Psychedelic Warlord described the person’s beliefs as “horrible” and said they shared Nazi’s perspective because they “do not support Neo-Nazism in any way” but “also do not believe in censorship.” Psychedelic Warlord also wrote about their own ideology in one 1987 file where they envisioned a society without money.
“Think, a free society with no high, middle, or low classification of it’s [sic] people. Think, no more money related murders, suicides, divorces, or theft,” Psychedelic Warlord wrote, adding, “Think, no more families living below a set poverty line or children starving to death because of a lack of money. You’re probably telling yourself, ‘sure, this sounds great, but how would we ever accomplish this?’”
“Psychedelic Warlord went on to note this would likely be impossible to achieve without bringing down the government.
“I fear we will always have a system of government, one way or another, so we would have to use other means other than totally toppling the government (I don’t think the masses would support such a radical move at this time). We (as a people) would have to do it more or less non-violently, for if we use violence, we would never have the support of the masses of people that make up our society,” Psychedelic Warlord wrote.
“The writings also included some youthful attempts at profane humor such as a 1988 poem Psychedelic Warlord crafted for the Cult of the Dead Cow.
“Wax my ass, Scrub my balls,” Psychedelic Warlord wrote. “The Cow has risen, Provide Milk.”’
No one in cDc would talk about O’Rourke until I promised not to publish before the 2018 election. That was OK: I wanted the full story for my book, which spans decades, rather than 1 scoop ahead of a state vote. I offered O’Rourke the same terms. He accepted, and we spoke. (8/10) pic.twitter.com/psZCnSD9ZP
— Joseph Menn (@josephmenn) March 15, 2019
In his interview with Menn, O’Rourke spoke fondly of the CDC. He freely admits he engaged in illegal activity through the group. 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.”
When Senator Ted Cruz found out that Reuters sat on the story, he was not happy about it, to say the least. Cruz tweeted: “So Reuters had evidence in 2017 that Beto may have committed multiple felonies—which Beto confirmed on the record—but deliberately withheld the story for over a year to help him win his Senate race? But when he’s running against Bernie etc, NOW it’s news?”
So Reuters had evidence in 2017 that Beto may have committed multiple felonies—which Beto confirmed on the record—but deliberately withheld the story for over a year to help him win his Senate race? But when he’s running against Bernie etc, NOW it’s news? https://t.co/dUfrRPw1By
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 16, 2019
If there is any justice out there anymore to be had, this should convince Americans that they simply can no longer trust the mainstream media. This is the true face of the media and it isn’t pretty by any means. They are propaganda arms for the left and are being used to manipulate elections, appointments, and politics. O’Rourke is no Kennedy… he’s damaged goods.
Reporters who are writing books sometimes hold back certain info til their book comes out. That's what the reporter says happened in this case. Book deal situations are definitely complicated. The Fox/Stormy situation didn't involve a book. What's your proposal — no books?
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 17, 2019