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Feminist Journalist Celebrates After Botching Another ‘Hit Job’ on the Right: At Least I ‘Got Laid’

“Turns out it’s better than being mad online.”

Talia Lavin lost another showdown with the right on Tuesday.

After suggesting in a Washington Post op-ed that Ben Shapiro had promoted a “war with Islam” by tweeting his admiration for the Cathedral of Notre Dame as it burned, she was pilloried on Twitter.

Her article later had to be updated with Shapiro’s response.

But Lavin – a feminist writer and activist who teaches journalism at New York University – refused to concede defeat. Instead, she attempted to taunt her critics by bragging in a series of tweets that she had just had satisfying sexual intercourse.

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Describing the experience as “pretty great” and “better than being mad online,” Lavin suggested that everyone “ranting” at her on Twitter could benefit from the same.

Commenters continued the theme of sex as a weapon in the culture wars. Fans congratulated Lavin on her conquest and mocked Shapiro as an “incel” while foes doubted that she was capable of “getting laid.”

As usual, Lavin provoked internet conservatives by firing the first shot. In addition to featuring gratuitous fire puns, her op-ed in the Post casually conflated right-wing media figures such as Shapiro, Glenn Beck and Tucker Carlson with the likes of Richard Spencer and Brenton Tarrant, the alleged Christchurch, New Zealand, shooter.

Lavin’s passage about Shapiro – sandwiched between references to the two white supremacists – read:

“Shortly thereafter, fast-talking far-right pundit Ben Shapiro called Notre Dame a ‘monument to Western civilization’ and ‘Judeo-Christian heritage.’ Given the already-raging rumors about potential Muslim involvement, these tweets evoked the specter of a war between Islam and the West that is already part of numerous far-right narratives.”

Shapiro, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire, quickly took notice of the callout and highlighted the offending lines in a tweet accusing  Lavin of “the sheerest form of disgusting bullshit.”

Seth Mandel, the executive editor of the Washington Examiner, called Lavin’s characterization of Shapiro’s comments “INSANELY dishonest and irresponsible” and called on the Post to acknowledge its mistake.

Reason editor Robert Soave, slammed Lavin for being “deeply unfair” and a “lazy” journalist.

Soave later expanded his criticism into a blog post, noting that Lavin last year lost her job as a New Yorker fact-checker after falsely accusing a disabled ICE agent of having a Nazi tattoo. She later grudgingly apologized.

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“I don’t think Lavin being wrong means she is unfit to teach journalism at NYU (it’s never stopped a journalism instructor before), but I hope she doesn’t bring these same tendencies—bad-faith assumptions and immature attacks on political adversaries—into the classroom,” he said.

However, Lavin was unrepentant, and in fact doubled-down on her criticism of Shapiro, calling him a “professional Islamophobe.”

Media Matters, the liberal media watchdog where Lavin formerly worked as a researcher of “right-wing extremism” came to her defense by cursing Shapiro.

Finally, closing the circle on the fracas, which began with Lavin’s criticism of conservative journalism, Shapiro expressed disgust at the state of the mainstream media.

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Cover image: Talia Lavin. (Screen grab)

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