For this post, we’ll remind you of two things. Last October, liberal Salon posted its list of “the 25 conservatives actually worth following on Twitter,” and lo and behold, just about every single one of them was — shocker! — on the #NeverTrump team.

Thus was born the “Salon conservative,” comprising the likes of — try not to laugh — Ana Navarro, Richard W. Painter — who is currently running for Senate as a Democrat — and The Washington Post’s “conservative blogger,” Jennifer Rubin.

Fast forward to this week, and you might remember a post in which journalist and author Salena Zito defended her work against an anonymous Twitter account that claimed she was misrepresenting the political leanings of the people she interviewed.

Put the two together and you have Monday’s hot take from Salon: these anonymous Salon conservatives have formed a sort of fact-checking service that has right-wingers trembling in fear.

Ooh, spooky. Tell us more, Salon:

… since Trump took control of the White House, there has been a more aggressive push to discredit certain conservative personalities and websites. CNN’s Brian Stelter has taken on some of the responsibility, as his show “Reliable Sources” seeks to call out journalistic malpractice from all sides.

Nevertheless, the most formidable group that has consistently held conservative media’s feet to the fire this past year or two has been a handful of anonymous Twitter accounts. These anonymous Twitter accounts — or anons — have fact-checked and criticized conservative journalism to the point that the right can no longer ignore them. Their media criticism has now become mainstream, frustrating conservatives who see this as a blatant attempt to delegitimize and silence right-wing voices.

All right, sorry, but you lost us way back at Brian Stelter seeking to call out journalistic malpractice from all sides. Good one, Salon.

Of course, Salon presents a handful of anonymous Salon conservatives who trashed Zito as heroes, and like we said, Zito addressed the claims herself, and not out of fear, we’d say.

Alex Parker had a look at the claims against Zito this week as well, and his work deserves an airing here. (His thread was linked to in Salon’s piece as “a good faith effort” but none of his tweets were included — imagine that.)

Indeed, others can do their own detective work if they feel it necessary, but it’d be cool if they’d use their real names rather than setting up anonymous accounts for the sole purpose of criticizing someone else’s work.


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