Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, the founder of the very influential House Freedom Caucus, and accused by eight former wrestlers of his of knowing about abuse at Ohio State, is lashing out at CNN.
He called them “Fake News” and said “how can you ever trust” them? He was mad about the news network contacting over 100 former staff and interns to ask questions about the GOP Congressman.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018
People immediately started to question what was wrong with a news network trying to find out more facts, or “dirt” as Congressman Jordan would call it.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) July 11, 2018
Amanda Terkel had the best response:
If they were fake news, they’d just write some shit without calling anyone.”
This is literally how reporting works. If it were fake news, they’d just write some shit without calling anyone. https://t.co/30DcCX1obO
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) July 11, 2018
literally the act of journalism is now called fake news by people in power here. not even the results that come from said journalism. just the very process of doing it. https://t.co/8o84Ur0YA7
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 11, 2018
And, the tirade goes on….
Contacting people is how reporters verify news is real. https://t.co/oOFt4wlXfW
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 11, 2018
News organization engaged in nefarious activity known as “reporting.” https://t.co/1FjmbhBlZ5
— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) July 11, 2018
Asking for information (not "dirt") from people who have reason to know the truth is called journalism. This is how this works. https://t.co/wTxIyQZ1yw
— Jenna McLaughlin (@JennaMC_Laugh) July 11, 2018
We can understand Rep. Jordan not liking CNN contacting his former associates, but there is a difference between reporting and bad journalism.
Rep. Jordan is defending himself by saying that there is a difference between “locker room talk” and legitimate concerns over abuse. He says there is a major distinction between the two, but when it comes to CNN, he doesn’t seem to see the gap, and how hypocritical that is.
The former wrestlers went on the record with their statements and say that the abuse occurred between 1986 and 1994. Jordan says if there were reports of abuse besides “locker room talk,” he himself would have reported it.
Jordan says that the timing of all this is “very interesting,” and that it could be a play from the left to derail a possible Speaker of the House position.
The alleged victims, several of whom are Republican and still consider him a friend, say that it is “very hurtful” for him to call them liars. They say the reality is that Jim Jordan knew what was going on and he chose to look the other way.