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News Analysis Apr 1, 2022 6:41 PM EST

Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz claims she has PTSD from mean tweets

"I have severe PTSD from this. I contemplated suicide. It got really bad."

Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz claims she has PTSD from mean tweets
Nick Monroe Cleveland, Ohio

Accused "crybully" Taylor Lorenz said she has suffered "severe PTSD" from being "a journalist" and broke down in an MSNBC interview on Friday.

On Friday's Meet the Press Daily show on MSNBC, host Chuck Todd briefly discussed government statistics about online harassment and women, before turning it over to correspondent Morgan Radford to do a direct interview with The Washington Post columnist Lorenz who covers technology and online culture.

The former New York Times tech reporter cried in the segment about mean tweets sent to her. The interview cites a study that says criticism about Lorenz's work from high-profile media personalities led to an uptick of backlash against her.

The study in question was done by NYU's Center for Social Media and Politics and the International Women's Media Foundation. Two of the three case studies they did were of Lorenz, as the study labels both Tucker Carlson of Fox News and journalist Glenn Greenwald as arbiters of "sharp increases in harmful speech" directed towards her. MSNBC focused their segment with that backdrop.

"I have had to remove every single social tie. I have severe PTSD from this. I contemplated suicide. It got really bad." Then she started crying.

"You feel like any little piece of information that gets out on you, will be used by the worst people on the internet to destroy your life, and it's so isolating…" Lorenz said before trailing off.

"And terrifying," responded host Morgan Radford.

"It's horrifying!" Lorenz responded before breaking down in tears. "It's overwhelming. It's really hard!"

Alongside Lorenz was LGBTQ reporter Kate Sosin of "The 19th" nonprofit website. Radford herself also shared her "online harassment" experiences when reporting on white supremacy.

This is the graph that MSNBC aired when describing Lorenz's victimhood, displaying the proportion of tweets mentioning her containing "harmful language."

While the chyron on the video says "1 in 3 women under 35 experience online harassment," the Washington Free Beacon outlet has been digging for answers about Lorenz's legitimate age. Her Wikipedia page has contradictory answers.

Back in the newsroom, Radford said the team reached out to Greenwald and Fox News for comment on the harassment study.

As Greenwald explained on Twitter, MSNBC aired only one sentence.

As Krystal & Saagar previously pointed out: Lorenz falsely accused Marc Andreessen of using the "R-word" on Clubhouse, without apologizing for 48 hours. Lorenz also went after YouTube personality MrBeast for saying "a bad word" when he was 19-years-old, and attacked an Instagram influencer because that person’s mother was a "prominent anti-Muslim activist."

Co-host Saagar Enjeti has said Lorenz uses her career to destroy opponents who she feels are beneath her. He said her tears come from Lorenz's inability to suss out what's legitimate criticism and harassment.

At the beginning of March, Lorenz started at The Washington Post. But even that brought turmoil, as the New York Magazine pointed out the online feud between Lorenz and Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. Their report outlined an alleged history of toxic workplace behavior.

Lorenz's controversial career history has at times involved her using teenagers like Kellyanne Conway's daughter as the subject for stories.

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