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Old 7th March 2019, 10:35 AM   #1
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Flirting with AOC While Being A Progressive Journalist

Mother Jones bureau chief, former editor for The Nation, and George Polk Award winner David Corn tweets:
I just spotted obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall in the Phoenix airport. Yes, really. (Not going to post a photo of it.)

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/stat...93293413998597
Airport staff respond to the tweet, asking David for the location of the graffiti so that they can clean it up. Corn obliges, and the airport staff replies that they found no graffiti at that location:

https://twitter.com/PHXSkyHarbor/sta...85450100203520

Corn tweets in response:
I didn’t want to post a pic of the graffiti because that would be spreading the work of a deplorable. But here’s a pic showing where it occurred with the message blacked out. No doubt, disbelieving conservatives will still call this a Deep State plot. Oh well.

https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/stat...47659035807744
I would like to clarify one point: I'm a conservative, and I don't believe Corn's claim, but I don't think this is a "Deep State plot". It's just more evidence that the media is not your friend.
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Old 7th March 2019, 10:36 AM   #2
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This isn't even a Nothingburger. It's a nothingafterdinnermint.
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This isn't even a Nothingburger. It's a nothingafterdinnermint.
It's kinda tragicomic. Did you check out the photo Corn provided in is followup tweet?
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Old 7th March 2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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What? Obscene graffiti directed at a politician, shocking!

This is absolutely a nothing, one wonders why this Corn fella bothered taking a picture or tweeting about it whether it happened or not.
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Flirting?
Poetic license. He links AOC's Twitter account in his initial tweet. "Virtue signaling" is probably more apropos, but I figured I'd change it up a bit. He could have picked any progressive politician or celebrity for his story. He chose AOC.

Anyway, don't get stuck on the thread title. Keep reading through to his photo of the graffiti itself.
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What? Obscene graffiti directed at a politician, shocking!

This is absolutely a nothing, one wonders why this Corn fella bothered taking a picture or tweeting about it whether it happened or not.
Victimhood by proxy. He's a straight white male, so he's only allowed to be offended on other people's behalf. And he oh so wants to be offended. It's a currency in certain circles.
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
It's kinda tragicomic.
IMO it's more than kinda tragicomic.

I love the Venn diagram posted by ConservativeBlackMan in response.
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Old 7th March 2019, 12:21 PM   #9
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IMO it's more than kinda tragicomic.

I love the Venn diagram posted by ConservativeBlackMan in response.
The circles were too close together
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Victimhood by proxy. He's a straight white male, so he's only allowed to be offended on other people's behalf. And he oh so wants to be offended. It's a currency in certain circles.
Still, even if this is 100 percent fact based* why? Its so incredibly banal, are we went to be outraged or offended by something I've seen dozens or hundreds of times? I'm perplexed.


*This is so mundane as I have little doubt its true, its almost hard to believe there isn't some obscene anti-AOC graffiti in the phoenix airport bathroom, right next to the stall with the **** trump graffiti.
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Still, even if this is 100 percent fact based* why? Its so incredibly banal, are we went to be outraged or offended by something I've seen dozens or hundreds of times? I'm perplexed. : boggled :


*This is so mundane as I have little doubt its true, its almost hard to believe there isn't some obscene anti-AOC graffiti in the phoenix airport bathroom, right next to the stall with the **** trump graffiti.
Going through airports a lot, I don't recall their bathrooms having much graffiti at all. Are you sure this kind of thing is commonplace in airport bathrooms? I guess I'll have to keep an eye out, the next time I'm on a plane. Maybe it's specific to Phoenix for some reason? I dunno.

Also, if such graffiti is so common, why does David Corn's photo of the graffiti not show any graffiti?
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Going through airports a lot, I don't recall their bathrooms having much graffiti at all. Are you sure this kind of thing is commonplace in airport bathrooms? I guess I'll have to keep an eye out, the next time I'm on a plane. Maybe it's specific to Phoenix for some reason? I dunno.
Anyone could use a marker to write or draw something on a bathroom stall tile wall.

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Also, if such graffiti is so common, why does David Corn's photo of the graffiti not show any graffiti?
He seems to have intentionally censored it by blacking it out. Or so he says. I can see the digital black blurring.

It's not possible to see if there is any graffiti beneath the black blur censoring. Is that what you are getting at?
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Anyone could use a marker to write or draw something on a bathroom stall tile wall.





He seems to have intentionally censored it by blacking it out. Or so he says. I can see the digital black blurring.



It's not possible to see if there is any graffiti beneath the black blur censoring. Is that what you are getting at?
I'm also curious why all the other screen frames and random squiggles/mistakes while the actual relevant photo is literally a thumbnail.

Is this whole thing a metaphor for Mother Jones' editorial philosophy?

Full disclosure: I used to respect this outlet somewhat, it has waned of late.
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Going through airports a lot, I don't recall their bathrooms having much graffiti at all. Are you sure this kind of thing is commonplace in airport bathrooms? I guess I'll have to keep an eye out, the next time I'm on a plane. Maybe it's specific to Phoenix for some reason? I dunno.

Also, if such graffiti is so common, why does David Corn's photo of the graffiti not show any graffiti?
Ok, maybe not airports, bus station bathrooms for sure and numerous bars and shool bathrooms. Point is, even if true, who gives a ****** and why would this guy think anyone would give a ******

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Anyone could use a marker to write or draw something on a bathroom stall tile wall.


He seems to have intentionally censored it by blacking it out. Or so he says. I can see the digital black blurring.

It's not possible to see if there is any graffiti beneath the black blur censoring. Is that what you are getting at?
Yes, that's what I'm getting at. Anyone can take a photo of a bathroom wall, blur out a section, and claim they're outraged by whatever is behind the blur. The comedy is that David Corn somehow thought it was helpful to put this photo on twitter in support of his claim.
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Ok, maybe not airports, bus station bathrooms for sure and numerous bars and shool bathrooms. Point is, even if true, who gives a ****** and why would this guy think anyone would give a ******
One recurring theme on this forum in the past few years, also echoed elsewhere, is that Americans - especially the white majority - are much more bigoted than anyone realizes, and much more bigoted than they are willing to admit. David Corn probably thinks that a lot of people would care quite a bit about evidence of this bigotry. Bringing out the truth, and forcing the White Devils to admit it, is pretty important to some people. Maybe you've noticed the recent spate of "... While Black" threads around here?

This is David Corn's effort to advance the same conversation within his circles of influence and support.
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Yes, that's what I'm getting at. Anyone can take a photo of a bathroom wall, blur out a section, and claim they're outraged by whatever is behind the blur. The comedy is that David Corn somehow thought it was helpful to put this photo on twitter in support of his claim.
It's not the same kind of hoax debunking that occurred with Jussie Smollett. You can't be certain that there isn't hate graffiti beneath the censor.

Maybe he will be challenged and then actually post the same photo without the censor.

It's not yet certain to be another hate crime hoax, but it does have some of what it takes to be a hoax.
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It's not the same kind of hoax debunking that occurred with Jussie Smollett. You can't be certain that there isn't hate graffiti beneath the censor.
We couldn't be certain that Smollett wasn't attacked, either.

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Maybe he will be challenged and then actually post the same photo without the censor.

It's not yet certain to be another hate crime hoax, but it does have some of what it takes to be a hoax.
It has everything it takes to advance a hate crime narrative, short of actually providing evidence of a hate crime. Which is, coincidentally, everything it takes to be a hoax.

But ahhell is right, the whole thing is so banal that even if it turns out to be true, Corn beclowns himself for tweeting it. He doubly beclowns himself for bringing it up in a way that makes it look very much like a hoax. If it turns out to be a hoax, he triply beclowns himself. I hope it's not a hoax, as my sides are already struggling.

ETA: I'm gonna say David Corn is definitely challenged.

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It's possible that Corn used a marker on that wall to create fake hate graffiti. Then takes a picture of his own work and censors it.

If that is true he might release the uncensored picture to "prove" that the graffiti really was there underneath the censor.
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I got a chuckle out of re-reading his opening tweet:

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I just spotted obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall in the Phoenix airport. Yes, really.
The part that strikes me as funny is the "yes, really." As if the claim of obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall could only be met with a gasp of incredulity.

I guess the other funny part is that he felt compelled to at-mention AOC herself. I think the suggestion of flirting was not far off the mark.
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IMO it's more than kinda tragicomic.

I love the Venn diagram posted by ConservativeBlackMan in response.
Agreed. The memes in that thread are really quite good.

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The circles were too close together
That was the best comment.
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I got a chuckle out of re-reading his opening tweet:



The part that strikes me as funny is the "yes, really." As if the claim of obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall could only be met with a gasp of incredulity.

I guess the other funny part is that he felt compelled to at-mention AOC herself. I think the suggestion of flirting was not far off the mark.
I thought it a bit over the top at first, but well within poetic license for a thread title. But yeah, the more I think about it, the more creepy it seems. I'm sure she will be looking forward to meeting him sometime soon. Ah, the creepy bathroom journalist, so nice to meet you?
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I got a chuckle out of re-reading his opening tweet:



The part that strikes me as funny is the "yes, really." As if the claim of obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall could only be met with a gasp of incredulity.

I guess the other funny part is that he felt compelled to at-mention AOC herself. I think the suggestion of flirting was not far off the mark.
I wonder if the "yes, really" was directed at AOC fans who can't imagine anyone hating her, or if it was directed at White Devils unwilling to admit how much they hate AOC.
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My, how desperate the Trumpies are getting......
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My, how desperate the Trumpies are getting......
I don't think that Corn is a Trumpie
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My, how desperate the Trumpies are getting......
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US deficit at a 10 year high after all Trump's promises to reduce it, deafening silence from our resident Trumpistas. Argument over whether obscene graffiti about AOC exists and suddenly they all have an opinion they just have to share.
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US deficit at a 10 year high after all Trump's promises to reduce it, deafening silence from our resident Trumpistas. Argument over whether obscene graffiti about AOC exists and suddenly they all have an opinion they just have to share.
STOP TALKING ABOUT HILARIOUS THINGS I DON'T LIKE!

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I got a chuckle out of re-reading his opening tweet:



The part that strikes me as funny is the "yes, really." As if the claim of obscene anti-@AOC graffiti in a bathroom stall could only be met with a gasp of incredulity.

I guess the other funny part is that he felt compelled to at-mention AOC herself. I think the suggestion of flirting was not far off the mark.
To be fair, the claim of graffiti in an airport bathroom seems to have been met with a gasp of incredulity by the thread starter himself.
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To be fair, the claim of graffiti in an airport bathroom seems to have been met with a gasp of incredulity by the thread starter himself.
More like a meh of incredulity. And I could be completely misremembering my experience of airport bathrooms. They're not something I tend to fix in my mind (who would). Maybe they really are a wretched hive of political obscenities. I'll pay closer attention the next time I'm traveling. If I'm wrong, I'll be sure to apologize to everyone in this thread for my mistake.
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US deficit at a 10 year high after all Trump's promises to reduce it, deafening silence from our resident Trumpistas. Argument over whether obscene graffiti about AOC exists and suddenly they all have an opinion they just have to share.
It's glaring, isn't it? Like that MAGA- hat kid getting abused - so important to thrash that story to death. It's classic displacement behaviour.
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More like a meh of incredulity. And I could be completely misremembering my experience of airport bathrooms. They're not something I tend to fix in my mind (who would). Maybe they really are a wretched hive of political obscenities. I'll pay closer attention the next time I'm traveling. If I'm wrong, I'll be sure to apologize to everyone in this thread for my mistake.
Well, if a seasoned airport traveler such as yourself finds the possibility of obscene graffiti in an airport unlikely, and I found some, I'd probably add something like "yes really" when I told you.

I await your report of the airport bathrooms with, well, to be honest more of a meh myself. So no, feel free to not report back on that one.
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More like a meh of incredulity. And I could be completely misremembering my experience of airport bathrooms. They're not something I tend to fix in my mind (who would). Maybe they really are a wretched hive of political obscenities. I'll pay closer attention the next time I'm traveling. If I'm wrong, I'll be sure to apologize to everyone in this thread for my mistake.
We'll keep an eye on your Twitter feed for updates.
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We'll keep an eye on your Twitter feed for updates.
You should know that I will blur out any supporting evidence before I present it.
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I can't blame anyone for fliting with AOC though; she is quite attractive...(and if you this had nothing to do with all the attention she is getting you are living in la la land)....
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I can't blame anyone for fliting with AOC though; she is quite attractive...(and if you this had nothing to do with all the attention she is getting you are living in la la land)....
Hopefully David Corn is into her because of her ideas and not her body or her popularity.
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I can't blame anyone for fliting with AOC though; she is quite attractive...(and if you this had nothing to do with all the attention she is getting you are living in la la land)....
She's all yours, mate.
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Old 7th March 2019, 06:47 PM   #38
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If you want to see someone flirting with AOC, check out Ben Shapiro on twitter.

That is one thirsty right-wing boy.
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Originally Posted by dudalb View Post
My, how desperate the Trumpies are getting......
Seriously. I think we have most of the Trumpers who aren't bots posting in here to show how very hard they are snickering up their sleeves. Look! Look at how hard they snicker! Can you see? Look!
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Originally Posted by theprestige View Post
It's kinda tragicomic. Did you check out the photo Corn provided in his followup tweet?
A screencap of a tiny thumbnail of no graffiti. Sounds legit!

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