Snopes debunks the myth that it’s anti-Trump

Courtesy of Snopes.com MediaMatters has posted a lengthy piece on the past of Hoyt. He first came to the attention of the interwebs in 2014 when he was called out by Shawn Donovan, a…

Snopes debunks the myth that it's anti-Trump

Courtesy of Snopes.com

MediaMatters has posted a lengthy piece on the past of Hoyt. He first came to the attention of the interwebs in 2014 when he was called out by Shawn Donovan, a writer on the Jezebel blog. That story proved to be another hoax from Snopes’ most famous fact-checker, Hoyt.

You can read the full report here but here are a few highlights.

First, this is why Hoyt and similar writers use anonymous pseudonyms. When he used a pseudonym, he said, he was “trying to keep anonymity after he and his wife had split up and he feared for his life.” In addition, he said he used a pseudonym to remain anonymous in high school and college. His academic accolades with real names preceded him and he had full academic credentials.

And then there is the “facade of a behind-the-scenes journalist” part of Hoyt’s storyline. Hoyt told MediaMatters that when he first started writing for Snopes he wore a fake name that was cleverly disguised: “one that I could dress up to not look exactly like me but also not look like a regular character that they would have to ascertain his or her real identity with.”

Read the full story at MediaMatters.

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