Journalist Has Twitter Paroxysm After Donald Trump Jr. Scoops His Story


On Tuesday the political and media worlds were rocked by news that Donald Trump Jr. has enthusiastically met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign for the express purpose of discussing possible dirt on Hillary Clinton.

An email released by Trump Jr. appeared to squarely link the younger Trump to an active effort to collude with Russian authorities to undermine the Democratic nominee for president.

The email was released on Twitter by Trump Jr. in order to scoop an impending story in the New York Times. It wasn’t just the Times who was scooped. Independent journalist and creative writing professor Jared Yates Sexton had more than a year of his own research stepped on by Trump Jr.’s sudden disclosure.

In a cascading array of tweets, the journalist volleyed from disbelief, to sorrow, to exhilaration with a velocity that suggested a near delirium.

“It kind of reminded of that scene in the Twilight Zone where the guy broke his glasses, just when he had all the books,” said Mediaite intern Vinny Guarino.

Some in this profession might say it’s a privilege to be able to work on a whole story for a year, regardless of outcome  — but we feel your pain.

Here it is, in all its glory — we’re not even sure it’s over.

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