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Washington Examiner reporter hung out to dry by colleagues over creepy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweet

Eddie Scarry, be less weird

November 16, 2018

1:54 PM

16 November 2018

1:54 PM

‘It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies,’ said Thomas Paine. Washington Examiner news reporter Eddie Scarry must be praying for a taste of that unity after the couple of days he’s had.

Presumably hoping to score points over millennial thought-leader and newly-christened Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Scarry tweeted a surreptitiously-taken photograph with the following caption:

‘Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles’

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The picture a ‘Hill staffer’ definitely ‘sent’ to Scarry, that he didn’t ‘take himself’

Unsurprisingly, some people online didn’t take too kindly to the Examiner reporter creepshotting the 28-year-old Democratic socialist like one of 4chan’s finest. ‘hey Eddie, sorry to hear about how your entire brain got replaced with an ass, could happen to anyone,’ wrote @thetomzone. Others parodied the premise of his post:

The congresswoman, whose campaign was punctuated with her deft use of social media, responded to Scarry directly:

At first, Scarry reacted to the backlash in a perfectly reasonable way: by trying to hawk his book, in case people wanted to hear more from him.

Then, sensing his post may have been…misjudged? Sinister as hell?… after being ratio’d into oblivion, Scarry deleted his tweet.

Which Ocasio-Cortez also did not take kindly to:

As the inexperienced reporter became a Twitter piñata, he must have looked around for a sign of support from somewhere. Perhaps he hoped approval might come from his Ocasio-Cortez-skeptical colleagues at the Examiner?

Absolutely not, it turns out:

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While other reporters continue to dine out on his Twitter history, it was back to business as usual for Eddie Scarry this morning, as he published a story about a judge ordering the return of Jim Acosta’s press pass. Cockburn scoured the piece for any detail about whether Judge Kelly’s gown looked like that of a girl who struggles, but was unable to find any.


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