If you’re lucky enough not to be familiar with Jack Posobiec, here’s a brief rundown of his glittering career. Posobiec is a noted pro-Trump troll, famous for spreading the utterly implausible conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza parlor was actually a front for a Santanic child sex ring. His far-right antics got him banned from the dating app Bumble.
In other words, in our current political moment, he’s the ideal candidate to cover the Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Pizzagate pusher Jack Posobiec is over in Helsinki covering the Trump-Putin summit. How the hell did he get a press pass? pic.twitter.com/HhrE7qRHW6
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) July 16, 2018
The president has spent a good portion of his European tour lambasting journalists as “fake news” and “enemies of the people”. On Friday during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump outright refused to answer questions from CNN. In Helsinki, an op-ed reporter with The Nation magazine was forcibly removed after holding up a sign that read “Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.”
But despite this clampdown on journalists — and Posobiec’s own checkered history — Posobiec was still able to get a press pass in Helsinki as part of One America News Network (OAN).
The president has previously lauded OAN’s coverage, which has aggressively pursued a pro-Trump agenda. According to insiders who spoke with the Washington Post, the network president directed the channel to minimize coverage of potential Russian interference in the 2016 election, to ignore news about police shootings, and to encourage more anti-abortion stories.
In April the network also “investigated” a chemical attack in Douma, Syria, and proceeded to parrot the claims of the Syrian Army, Russia, and Iran. Despite the fact that British, French, and U.S. forces all launched targeted airstrikes in response to the attack — which killed at least 70 — OAN claimed the entire thing was fake, supplying no concrete evidence to support their claims other than the reporting they did during a visit arranged by Syrian government forces.
— One America News (@OANN) April 16, 2018
Other far-right trolls were thrilled by Monday’s bizarre Trump-Putin presser. Laura Loomer, famous for getting kicked out of the Pulse nightclub shooting trial and getting banned by Uber and Lyft for being racist, was overjoyed when Putin mentioned the far-right’s favorite bogeyman, George Soros.
“I am so excited,” she tweeted. “Putin literally called out George Soros while standing next to @realDonaldTrump in #Helsinki when asked about interference in Democratic elections! This is HUGE.”
Loomer and Posobiec previously collaborated on important investigative journalism when they stormed a production of Julius Caesar in New York in early 2017, shouting “You are all Goebbels!’ and claiming the production normalized violence against the right — all because the title character in the play was made up to resemble Donald Trump.
Tragically, however, it emerged in June that Loomer and Posobiec had fallen out. According to the Daily Beast, Posobiec banned Loomer from a “Tea for Trump” event because the pair disagreed on who deserved to take credit for reporting conspiracy theories about the Las Vegas shooting. Loomer claimed that Posobiec took her work and then used it in a segment for OAN called “Inside Las Vegas”.
“I just thought it was really shady,” Loomer said. “Jack calls himself my friend, but then he won’t give me credit for my work.”