When the media goes after a person’s relatives because they don’t approve of a woman’s tweets, they have crossed a line.
Amy Mek’s tweets contain wrong-think, according to the Huffington Post. So reporter Luke O’Brien revealed her name, listed her alleged crimes, and went after everyone related to her revealing their business employment to the HuffPo’s readership. They used their platform to destroy the life of a housewife who said things they didn’t like and then complained about “harassment” on the internet in response, as if THAT crossed the line somehow!
The Federalist reports, “The HuffPost Ruined An Entire Family For One Person’s Tweets.”
This has been a banner week for the media. First, The New York Times was forced to correct its estimate of the crowd size at President Trump’s rally in Nashville. Then MSNBC commentator Joy Reid was discovered to have published 9/11 conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic posts on her blog.
But the icing on the cake goes to HuffPost. It doxxed a private citizen on Twitter and sicced social media mobs on her family.
HuffPost reporter Luke O’Brien wrote a story about the Twitter user @AmyMek, who he identified as Amy Jane Mekelburg. Mekelburg has more than 200,000 followers on Twitter and has been retweeted by President Trump and former national security advisor Michael Flynn. She is a prolific tweeter, sending out as many as 25 tweets a day.
Mekelburg has tweeted a lot of disgusting and hateful things on her account. Most of the hate was targeted towards Muslims. She has accused Muslims of everything from child rape to engaging in a stealth campaign to bring Sharia law to the West. Mekelburg also tweeted cartoons and memes that urged the murder of Muslims.
O’Brien interviewed people he described as “ex-friends” of Mekelburg, who portrayed her as a racist. The former friends described examples of Mekelburg being rude and hateful in person towards Muslims and Middle Eastern-looking people.[…]
As part of introducing Mekelburg, O’Brien wrote that her father owned a wholesale business that bears the family name. He also wrote that her brother operated a craft beer bar and restaurant that also bears the family name. Anyone who knows how to use Google would be able to easily identify both businesses.
O’Brien did not contact either her father or brother and give them an opportunity to comment. That was unethical because it didn’t give her family a chance to distance themselves from Mekelburg’s tweets. It left the impression that they either knew about or agree with her tweets.
The story inspired a massive hate campaign against the businesses of Mek’s relatives. The same people who tell us not to judge all Muslims for what some Muslims do were happy to write fake business reviews to try to hurt her father and brother financially.
O’Brien also got Amy’s husband fired for… being married to Amy.
“…a source told me [her husband’s employer] knew about AmyMek.” This falsely implies that the employer had some kind of responsibility that they had failed to act on. But since she was not the employee the only way they could distance themselves is to cut ties with her husband. pic.twitter.com/Utn2kW7pZr
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 1, 2018
Here’s Amy Mek’s defense of herself in her own words (follow the thread):
ALERT! I NEED YOUR HELP – This is SHOCKING!
Contact the @HuffPost and demand reporter Luke O’Brien stop endangering me and my family. He has threatened to reveal my identity putting me and my family at great personal risk. But it's MUCH worse than you can imagine…
— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) May 31, 2018
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