Hillary, sexism and fake news: Peter Daou’s Verrit and hashtag sore losers

Peter Daou re-entered the public imagination when Hillary Clinton tweeted she was on board with Daou’s latest online innovation, Verrit.

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Hillary Clinton poses with supporters at campaign event.

WASHINGTON, September 4, 2017 — “It is very real,” Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “It is very much a part of the landscape politically, socially and economically.”

Hillary Clinton explains her electoral loss to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

By “it,” Clinton meant sexism. For many Democrats, including Bill Clinton, it was the Bernie Sanders’s supporters—Bernie’s Bros—who were the greatest offenders.

The former president said they accused Hillary’s female supporters of “voting with their vagina” in online political forums, adding that they were “literally too profane … not to mention sexist.”

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders poses with one of his bros.

In answer to all this sexism, Democratic political operative Peter Daou, along with Tom Watson, launched a website designed to rally Democratic alpha males to Hillary’s cause: www.hillarymen.com.


It’s first post read:

“Viewing the 2016 election through an explicit gender lens, the ferocious attacks against Hillary are not just about her, but underscore the deeply ingrained resistance to any woman with a viable path to the White House. Does anyone believe that another female candidate could get within reach of the presidency without running headlong into the same double standard and institutional resistance confronting Hillary?

The site urged its male readers to “publicly announce that you are a #HillaryMan.”

Hillary went on to lose, following her loss with an unseemly amount of whining in which she blamed misogyny for her loss.

Peter Daou.

But under the headline “Hillary Clinton didn’t lose because of sexism,” the Washington Post’s Nancy L. Cohan noted:

“The first clue that sexism isn’t the prime culprit [in Clinton’s loss] is the fact that nationwide, 53 percent of white women favored Trump. Given some of Trump’s statements and behaviors toward women, that seems shocking, until you consider the role partisanship plays in American politics.”

Republican women were not swayed by Hillary’s gender, but instead were influenced by her history of scandal and the tawdriness of her political rise, pulled as it was by her corrupt husband’s political coattails.

It didn’t help that it all came at the price of clinging desperately to a loveless marriage despite her husband’s abysmal “behaviors toward women.”

Peter Daou re-entered the public imagination on Sunday when Hillary Clinton tweeted she was on board with Daou’s latest online innovation:

But before many had a chance to check out the website, it was hit with a denial-of-service attack by computer hackers, bringing it down for hours.

When the site finally reappeared, its “About” page announced:

“Verrit collects and contextualizes noteworthy facts, stats, and quotes for politically engaged citizens. Each ‘verrit’ is a verified item of information marked with a 7-digit identification code. To authenticate a verrit, enter the code in the search bar and match it to our database.”

That means both Clinton and Daou have finally moved beyond the sexist gambit and are doubling down on the equally silly notion that alternative conservative media (“fake news”) was ultimately responsible for Donald Trump’s victory in November.

Ironically, the site includes this disclaimer:

“External links are for informational purposes and are not endorsements of third-party content.”

That’s because of the liberal mainstream media’s tendency to get the story wrong.

You know, the purveyors of conflicting realities that on the one hand insisted Hillary Clinton’s election as president was a certainty, while on the other hand claiming that certainty was undone by Russian “influence.”

Who knows what new realities will exit the Verrit echo-machine in the weeks and months to come, accompanied, no doubt, by fancy new hashtags.

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