Presidential candidate Andrew Yang retweeted yesterday an article from The American Conservative about his recent rally at the Lincoln Memorial. The article is a fabrication. The author of the piece Remso Martinez is obviously lying about what happened at the event, and the reason I know this is because I was there.
First of all, Martinez writes that the crowd was a good mix of people from various age groups when in fact it was mostly young people. This was my first hint that there was something fishy about the article. Then I caught him writing that most of the attendees were wearing “ties and slacks” as if it were a meeting of young Republicans when in reality attendees were wearing sweaters and light jackets on an extremely windy day. You can see some of the photos I took at the event here (formatted for desktop.)
Also massively troubling are his quotes from supposed attendees whose names he didn’t include and who seem more like stereotypes than actual people. It appears that he was trying to create some sort of narrative in which individuals with radically different politics were now supporting Andrew Yang. There might be some truth to Yang’s crossover appeal, but that doesn’t give one a license to misrepresent what actually happened at the rally.
This reminds me so much of The Wire episode in which a reporter for the Baltimore Sun makes up a story about a poor kid he meets at a baseball game. He engages in this behavior because he can’t find anything interesting to write about while on assignment. He writes a compelling article but it isn’t true. The same thing could be said for Remso Martinez‘s Andrew Yang article. It tells a compelling story, it’s well written, even funny, but none of that matters because it is an obvious fabrication and represents a shattering of journalistic standards.
Martinez’s article is a lie and should be removed from The American Conservative website at once. The publication should also issue an apology to readers and cut ties with Remso Martinez. It’s the right thing to do, and from the point of view of journalistic ethics — it’s the only thing to do.
Image Via YouTube (Resmo Martinez pictured)
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