May 15, 2017

#MacronLeaks: Correcting the record

Jack PosobiecWashington Bureau Chief

Now, I am a journalist, but I come from a political background. I was Special Projects Director of Citizens for Trump in the last election — we had a great time fighting hard, whether it was mocking anti-Trump protests, making funny Twitter memes that went viral, fighting against leftists, both in the Democrat Party and in the media — which are often the same thing. That’s why I love the Rebel.

But last week I went too far, and I need to correct something, and I'd actually like to make an apology. 

Just two days before the French presidential election, I was the first person in the world to tweet about the massive leak of secret documents from the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, who went on to win the vote. We called it MacronLeaks

I hadn’t leaked them myself; I hadn’t posted them to the Internet myself. Someone else did, I don’t know who — but I was the first to tweet about them. Those leaked documents were filled with shocking revelations that were in the public interest — it was like the Wikileaks documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign that revealed the truth about her activities and her character. In fact, Wikileaks later came out and verified the trove of thousands of documents, the vast majority of which have yet to be investigated.

For tweeting about these MacronLeaks, I received dozens of inquiries from left-wing reporters around the world — everyone from the New York Times to Reuters to Le Monde wrote about it. Which is odd — why would other media want to report about me tweeting about the existence of these leaked scandals, instead of reporting about the scandals in the leaks themselves? Isn’t that odd? It would be like if the first 100 stories about Watergate didn’t actually say what Watergate was about or mention the break-in — if they only talked about who Woodward and Bernstein were. Wouldn’t that be, I dunno, weird? I thought so.

So here's the game, it allowed leftist journalists to pretend they were covering the Macron Leaks without actually covering the Macron Leaks. And they could indulge in their personal conspiracy theories about the “right wing” media, and the Russians, and whoever they’re blaming today. 

That’s contemptible journalism. It’s fake news.

So when I was contacted by those journalists, I gave it to them as much as I felt they were giving it to me — I trolled them, I gave flippant answers, I mocked them. It’s all they deserved. I said the most audacious things I could think of like I was going to run for the president of France myself, I said I was ready to give a speech before the French Parliament. And they all reported these absurd replies, not realizing that I was mocking them — because they didn’t want to actually report on the real news, and they loved deluding themselves that this was some sinister KGB plot or something.

But in one case my trolling of these leftist journalists went too far. When Montreal’s La Presse asked me their stupid questions, my flippant answers included something that just wasn’t true — I said that The Rebel’s Quebec bureau chief, Eric Duhaime, had been at the “center” of the Macronleaks story, and that Eric had been “instrumental” in translating the documents.

That part wasn't true. Eric didn’t translate any documents for me; he made a few videos on the subject himself, which were published on our YouTube page. He didn’t have a role at all in spreading the Macronleaks, other than to report on them in his own video.

I was trolling La Presse. And they ran with it — partly because they’re, well, stupid, but partly because they hate Eric, and thought they finally got him, as some sort of spy or something.  

So, my attempt to troll La Presse backfired and blew up on Eric. When I heard that La Presse was writing a serious story about that, I wrote back to them correcting the record in full, but they still ran with it. Because they’d rather run a fake news story attacking Eric for something he didn’t do, than a real news story about Emmanuel Macron, now the President of France, for something he did do.

It’s a lesson for me: I’m not a political activist now; I’m a serious journalist, with White House credentials. And in my trolling of La Presse I made a mistake. I said something about Eric, a colleague, that wasn’t true, and I said it in a way that wasn’t clear it was a joke. It was all La Presse needed for their vendetta.

I apologize to Eric for involuntarily making him a part of my response to La Presse, and to the Rebel too. 

Look, I will never stop mocking the Media Party, and this whole incident only lowers my esteem for them further. But it’s also a strong lesson to me about the importance of credibility and of reputation, especially to our 720,000 subscribers on YouTube. If I’m going to make a joke, or do satire, and at times I probably will, I'm going to make sure it's obviously a joke; if I’m going to report the news, it has to be the news. 

If we’re going to call out the oldstream media for their fake news, we have to put a strong emphasis on our own accuracy. And that’s my promise to our Rebel family — both to my colleagues, and to our many viewers.

Alright — now let’s get back to the fight.

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commented 2017-05-17 12:07:46 -0400
Enoch Root and Joe King – no Rebel search results until their posts yesterday….I find that very interesting.
commented 2017-05-17 00:37:39 -0400
Enoch Root, Jail Jack, right after Bill and Hillary Clinton, Obama, Black Lives Matter, the corrupt Democratic Party and all of mainstream media, like the CBC, CNN and all the other Fake News Journalists. Your appreciation of justice is way off balance. Your level of virtue must be unquestionable because I’m sure “wink wink” you’ve never made an error of any kind that you regret. When exactly was it when you were Canonized?
commented 2017-05-16 20:50:47 -0400
You are as much a journalist as you are a Navy veteran. Meaning you are neither. You are simply a provocateur and possibly a patsy. Looking forward to you being jailed.
commented 2017-05-16 08:04:53 -0400
You don’t understand your opponent and opted for a feel-good ego trip over truth? Pretty stupid.
commented 2017-05-16 02:03:08 -0400
Why do I have the feeling that this video was Ezra’s idea?
commented 2017-05-16 01:53:23 -0400
And therein lies the mirror of present day “journalism” and what actually started during the Vietnam War era with “advocacy journalism” then being tolerated… By now “journalism” is an amalgam of “hard news”, “news”, “comment”, “editorial” and “opinion” blending into one.. And then we have the trolls, paid and otherwise, deliberately muddying the waters with disinformation, Which of course some segments of the media find to their advantage to blur those lines more and more!… So we now have the ironical situation of an “information age” with more means to communicate than ever before in history, yet more and more means to deceive us also… We cannot allow The Rebel to become a contributor to that morass… The Rebel’s future depends on it…
commented 2017-05-16 00:18:50 -0400
Always remember Jack, conservatives are held to a much higher standard because they know we have higher standards. For morality from the libs on the other hand nobody expects much and they don’t deliver much.
Also, it doesn’t matter if they think your joking or not, if they can use something you say against you they certainly won’t pass up the opportunity and then the damage is done.
I do think dragging a colleague into this under a falsehood was a very wrong thing to do but owning it means you are obliged to be forgiven. As you said, lesson learned.
commented 2017-05-15 23:39:50 -0400
I’m confident that you will not repeat your error. It takes a big man to acknowledge his mistake and apologize for it. The true fake news journalists would never do that as spreading untruths is what they get paid to do. Thanks for your honesty Jack and keep up the fight. Those of you who commented and can’t find it in your cold hearts to offer forgiveness to Jack for his moment of poor judgement, well it must be so comforting to be so pure, “Let he who hath no sin throw the first stone.”
commented 2017-05-15 23:20:04 -0400
Kelly Weber virtue posing by drive by defamation – what a joke!
commented 2017-05-15 22:57:22 -0400
A serious journalist? What a joke!
commented 2017-05-15 22:05:24 -0400
Thanks, Jack for the clarification and correction on your comments. You’re doing a fine job!
commented 2017-05-15 21:32:03 -0400
Mr. Posobeic, your resignation would be a proper apology. You are not cut out for the job of reporting.
commented 2017-05-15 21:29:00 -0400
Jack we already know Marcon is a vile little bankster puppet who would sell out his nation to EU globalists as a reflex – the leaks just confirm this – but please give me a heads up if hackers/leakers ever get hold of “private pictures” of this pathetic beta cuck being flogged by some woman in full dominatrix drag – that may be worth a glimpse at least for the humor value of confirming his simpering servile nature.
commented 2017-05-15 21:05:31 -0400
It’s hard to not let our frustration at libtards over rule our better judgment. Their MO is to deflect deflect deflect, always reporting on the asinine instead of the truth. They deserve to be vigorously trolled. It’s a good lesson learned to keep ourselves clean in the process, however. Way to go owning up to it. Now onward….
commented 2017-05-15 19:57:20 -0400
No big deal, as long as Eric is ok with it.
commented 2017-05-15 19:09:52 -0400
Jack you have gained my respect and I suspect, the respect of all Rebels.
commented 2017-05-15 18:46:29 -0400
The old news parties in Quebec are totally screwed libtards and reflect the actual very “diverse” population which is now the most libtard in North America. Quebec is a finished welfare province, run by the mafiosi unions and corrupt politicians. Of course they attacked Éric Duhaime, so next time, Jack, ignore this sad place, not worth of even trolling.
commented 2017-05-15 18:21:07 -0400
Thanks Jack. We would NEVER hear an apology from the Lugenpresse! Just more doubling down on the lies………………
commented 2017-05-15 18:14:17 -0400
Yes Jack, leftists DO believe their propaganda is true and sarcastic mea culpas ARE taken as confessions. Just stick to insulting them for their gullibility and schizoid personality lack of any sort of sense of humour.
commented 2017-05-15 18:06:35 -0400
Respectful mea culpa. Thanks Jack
I would like to suggest its Tommy’s turn. (Periscope parties do not serve to enhance the Rebel’s reputation).
…IMO
commented 2017-05-15 17:57:26 -0400
Jack Posobiec, I accept your apology and I very much appreciate your sincere apology to Eric Duhaime. You identified all of the key components of where you went wrong, and you are taking personal accountability for that. Jack, you are doing the right thing and I will not hold the lapse in judgement with LePresse against you, we all have moments that we can learn from.
I look forward to your future reports and wish you well.