Labor Dept. official resigns after reporter misleadingly depicts his send-up of anti-Semitic tropes

Labor Dept. official resigns after reporter misleadingly depicts his send-up of anti-Semitic tropes
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[Ed. – It’s blindingly obvious this guy was sarcastically lampooning the tired, ridiculous themes of anti-Semitism.  But more than that: the person he was exchanging Facebook comments with was 100% clear on that, and complimented him on his excellent sarcasm. See tweet.  The Bloomberg reporter simply cut that portion of the replies out.]

In one of the most shameful, egregious media failures of the year, a Trump appointee to the Department of Labor was forced to resign after a Bloomberg reporter started asking officials about a Facebook post spun as anti-Semitic, even though it was a clearly satirical post mocking the alt-right.

Earlier this morning, Bloomberg reporter Ben Penn proudly tweeted out a “scoop” about Leif Olson, who recently started as an adviser in the department’s Wage and Hour Division …

In reality, the Facebook post in question was the opposite of anti-Semitic. It was a clearly sarcastic post from 2016 about Paul Ryan crushing alt-right challenger Paul Nehlen [a literal “white supremacist” – Ed.]. …

Trending: As Joe Biden’s mother would say…

When one of the commenters suggests Ryan must be a “neocon” and a Jew, Olson, clearly joking, responded, “It must be true because I’ve never heard the Lamestream Media report it, and you know they protect their own.”

And yet Bloomberg used this to tear him down.

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