On Saturday, the New York Times tech journalist Taylor Lorenz wrote in a tweet that tech businessman Marc Andreessen has used the ‘r-slur’ in a group communication via Clubhouse.
Allegedly, the topic of the talk was the recent increase in the stock price of GameStop which was caused by the joint action of certain members of the Reddit forum.
Lorenz also complained that no one of the participants in the chat room criticized Andreessen for his use of an insulting vocabulary.
Lorenz did not tell the truth!
Soon after Lorenz’s tweet, her colleague Nathan Jones explained that it was not Andreessen who used the ‘r-slur’ but Felicia Horowitz, a philanthropist and a wife of tech investor Ben Horowitz who also participated in the chat.
According to Jones, Horowitz characterized the action of the Redditors as the ‘R-word revolution’ whereas Andreessen did not use any words of that sort.
Following Jones’s announcement, Lorenz deleted her tweet and changed her Twitter account to private.
She also thanked Jones for his ‘clarification’. Yet, these actions did not spare Lorenz from the widespread backlash that followed.
Kmele Foster, who is the host at the podcast “The Fifth Column”, described Lorenz as ‘Professional Tattletale’ who only pretends to be a journalist.
He further warned about the New York Times losing all the reputation due to untrustworthy reporters such as Lorenz.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald said that Lorenz was obsessed with conversations on the Clubhouse, particularly centered on Andreessen whose positive image she attempted to ruin.
Greenwald expressed his confidence that the whole purpose of Lorenz’s participation in the Clubhouse chat was to eventually denigrate people such as Andreessen.
Lorenz accessed Clubhouse thanks to - fake credentials!
He also alleged that Lorenz initially did not have the access to the Clubhouse but managed to enter it after she gained fake credentials.
Matt Taibbi, a contributor to the Fellow Substack, went even further by describing Lorenz as an utter fool freed by the New York Times.
Adam Penenberg, on the other hand, pointed out that Lorenz might have failed to obey the ethical standards of her own employer.
More specifically, Penenberg referred to the New York Times policy clause which claims that workers should reveal their identity even though, in certain circumstances, they are allowed to hide that they are journalists or that they work for the New York Times.
So far, the New York Times has not publicly addressed any of the widespread criticisms of its worker.