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this fabricated Salena Zito quote could have been "crafted" and "massaged" a bit better tbh……
should be easy to find the tape of the interview
she liked the real guy's quote so much she recycled the exact language for the guy she made up for her kicker…
what a coincidence that the French kid on a tour of Gettysburg uses Zito's same archaic phrasing……
also, #FF @cnn94cnn who has done a great job documenting Zito's very suspicious journalism + her numerous false claims
Meet Greg, a small businessman described in suspiciously extensive detail. Greg would rather not give his last name.…
Greg's views on the state of the Republican party are virtually identical to those of strategist Brad Todd, who just so happens to be Zito's co-author.
Greg uses a strange word: "stagery." He must be a fan.
when Facebook’s fake news algo is too good
The most serious charges of fabulism are unrelated to her book. Pure deflection.
#TBT to when Salena Zito claimed to have interviewed paid protesters IRL because she was fooled by a fake website
Meet Mark, rendered here in florid detail. Alas, the one detail that matters to those attempting to replicate Zito's journalism - a last name - remains elusive.…
Mark is, naturally, an articulate and astute ex-Democrat who speaks in carefully "crafted" sentences.

Mark also uses an unusual phrase: "divisional politics."
Coincidentally, "divisional politics" happens to be another of Zito's favorite terms.
It's also fairly unique. If you google the phrase, two Salena Zito articles appear on the first page of results (neither of which is the article about "Mark").
Does this establish that "Mark" is a fictional character? No it doesn't. But it strongly suggests that the words attributed to him were not his. And once we draw that conclusion, the burden of proof must shift to @SalenaZito and her editors.
h/t to @cnn94cnn for introducing us to "Derek" who, if real, is a living embodiment of the <hashtag>Walk Away</hashtag> campaign. What a shame he's too frightened to give his full name.
Derek is useful in a number of ways. He gives terrific quotes that bolster Zito's thesis about Trump's policies delivering tangible benefits to the black community.
Derek is also doing his part to reintroduce the word "conniption" into the vernacular. It's one of Salena's favorites, and she hopes more people will start using it.
the “editors” declined to give their first or last names
striking to read these gas station vignettes side-by-side

beat for beat, it's the same story: working class Americans listen to the news, refute the liberal party line in a loud, folksy way, then drive off with bumper sticker proof of their former party allegiance
randomly seeing people removing their Obama-Biden bumper stickers is a normal thing in Real America
incredible: on two separate occasions, a person with a coexist bumper sticker almost killed her and then gave her the finger
"overheard" is another great Zito genre

which one's your favorite? i'm going with the #teens chatting about the national debt triggering a zombie apocalypse.
nameless pennsylvania dems watching a debate and switching parties dot tumblr dot com
even her populism is fraudulent: here she is in January of 2016 decrying the very movement she celebrates today…

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