Embattled Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was hilariously scorned online Wednesday after the conservative lawmaker lashed out at CNN for investigating the Ohio State sexual misconduct scandal.
“Now CNN is contacting all 100+ of our former staff and interns asking for dirt on me,” Rep. Jordan complained, of the standard news gathering technique. “Getting desperate!”
“How can you ever trust such fake news?” Rep. Jordan wondered.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 11, 2018
Jordan’s claim drew immediate criticism.
Brian Karen, the White House correspondent for Playboy magazine, wondered if Jordan inadvertently admitted that he was, in fact, fake news.
“With respect there Jimbo, I’ve seen you in the green room at CNN,” Karen noted. “You’ve been on the air as a guest giving your side of several stories. Following this logic it means we can’t trust you!”
John Legend, the Grammy, Oscar and Tony award winner musician chimed in to educate the conservative lawmaker.
“Definition of real news: calling a bunch of sources so you’re confident that you’re getting to the truth. Definition of fake news: making shit up to fit your narrative,” Legend explained. “My fellow Ohioan seems to be a bit confused.”
“Why don’t you just come clean and quit calling all these men who looked up to you liars,” Legend counseled.
Other internet users drew even less flattering conclusions about the implications of Rep. Jordan’s tweet.
Here are some of the best responses:
So, you mean they’re doing reporting? … somebody’s scared of his skeletons in the closet
— 💉realfarmacist💊💎 (@real_farmacist) July 11, 2018
The point of making that many calls is to ensure that the news is "real," @jim_jordan. "Fake news," for example, would be describing Germany as a"captive of Russia" without making sure that what you're saying is actually correct. https://t.co/hysfaNmNeV
— Tim O'Brien (@TimOBrien) July 11, 2018
Jim Jordan attacks the press for reporting on his personal history and then is shocked when the press continues to look into his personal history? That's like sticking your dick in a hornets' nest and being shocked when they start stinging. They're hornets, Jim!
— erin ryan (@morninggloria) July 11, 2018
Because when I'm looking to print fake news, my first step is to…interview 100+ people? https://t.co/gl57zUNt7w
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) July 11, 2018
Please explain the motive of 8 wrestlers you say are lying? If it took 40 women coming forward to stop Bill Cosby, do you reckon 10 men will be sufficient for you?
— Nadine Smith (@1NadineSmith) July 11, 2018
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
1) It's called reporting.
2) Doesn't sound confident those staff and interns will vouch for him. https://t.co/lXo8RKLv2R
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 11, 2018
Jim Jordan, all indications are that you have no integrity. None.
— Seph Rodney, PhD (@Sephspeaks) July 11, 2018
(narrator): Jim Jordan did what every enabler of abuse does. He attacked the accusers and the media…
…and as Jim would soon find out, that only angers and offends other victims who then come forward specifically because of those arrogant denials. https://t.co/JBTWRI6puR
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) July 11, 2018
Contacting people is how reporters verify news is real. https://t.co/oOFt4wlXfW
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) July 11, 2018
Good journalist, always, always investigate the truth and then report on the facts as they find them. Already concerned with the facts they’ll find out about you, huh? That’s why the #fakenews yelp. It’s not fake if it’s facts–you might not like people knowing.
— Mary Hall-Rayford (@educatormary) July 11, 2018
The lives of many young men were profoundly devastated by the sexual abuse they were subjected to in the Ohio State wresting program. Jim Jordan’s lies and cowardice are another form of abuse against the victims. Looking forward to seeing his smirk get wiped off his face.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) July 11, 2018
Ohio State has already interviewed "more than 150 former students and witnesses" in its sexual abuse investigation @Jim_Jordan, so good luck hiding behind your phony attack on the media 👉 https://t.co/Fthg6rhIJX https://t.co/76ScU7SIlY
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) July 11, 2018
Hum .. Scared of investigative reporting? So, what else are you hiding in the closet ??? Rubbles ⚡
— Long Island Felice (@FeliceLHarwood) July 11, 2018
Calling around and asking people questions is called "reporting." How can you ever trust anything else? https://t.co/N6vFqyNp3B
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 11, 2018
So if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn’t have a problem. https://t.co/r4REWq73cz
— Elise Jordan (@Elise_Jordan) July 11, 2018
How many more former students need to come forward before the coward @Jim_Jordan resigns? Ten, twelve, more? This is outrageous!
Jordan lacks the character to be an elected official anywhere!
— Corporal Bruno (@PoisonedMarine) July 11, 2018
Definition of real news: calling a bunch of sources so you're confident that you're getting to the truth. Definition of fake news: making shit up to fit your narrative. My fellow Ohioan seems to be a bit confused. https://t.co/raf2665zEK
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 11, 2018
oh please. Can you say anything original or do you only parrot that vulgar con man in the WH? How can you ever trust a word that comes out of your mouth. LIAR is what you are.
— Joanmard1 (@joanmard1) July 11, 2018
That's literally the free press doing their job. The fact that you are scared speaks volumes. https://t.co/CMO3jNdJTC
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) July 11, 2018
Now in @GOP and @Jim_Jordan land, basic reporting is fake news. Things don't even need to be broadcast to be fake. "Excuse me, Mrs. Johnson -I've done the work to prepare for the surgery, but you have a fake illness." Proof GOP says "fake news" whenever they don't like something. https://t.co/RFrF8OX8xu
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) July 11, 2018
Sounds like you're really wrestling with a problem here. Will this naked aggression stand?
— WouldOrWouldn'tHat (@Popehat) July 11, 2018