Conservative comedian Steven Crowder called up and literally called out Austin Chronicle writer Jessi Cape for misleading and misrepresenting him an article covering a recent incident with individual who targeted him online. In an article posted last Friday titled ‘JuiceLand Employee Harassed by Right-Wing Comedian’ the writer claims that Crowder aggressively harassed a transgender individual for ‘alleged’ comments she made on her social media accounts. The article then goes on to claim that Crowder was responsible for doxxing the individual in question which led to ‘aggressive calls to action’ from the alt-right community. The problem with this story is, not only are the details not true but after a phone conversation with Jessi Cape herself, it seems like she had no interest or intention in reporting the truth.
The article in question goes out of its way to state that “We are intentionally not embedding or linking to the video.” The problem with this is the video itself provides far more context to the story than the article reported and it seems like that omission was by design.
The original video which is posted above shows that the individual in question indeed admitted to a threat to find Crowder’s filming location and slash his tires which were cited by Crowder in a billboard that was submitted to police on his behalf for a report that is currently ongoing. This small bit of information changes the context of the story of ‘alleged behavior’ but that isn’t the only problem here.
The article contains many false claims that Jessi Cape seemed to have little to no interest in wanting to correct. In a phone conversation between Cape and Crowder that was recently posted on Steven’s Youtube channel, Crowder attempts to address many issues he had about the story she wrote. Cape claims she attempted to contact Crowder for questioning but is shown to have only contacted an outlet at CRTV which Steven has a partnership with but it not employed by. He proceeds to calls her out for calling him ‘alt-right’ despite stating on many occasions, he is not alt-right nor advocates for National Socialism. Cape defended this by saying that ‘alt-right’ is an ‘umbrella term’ and feels justified in using it even if Crowder does not identify as alt-right ‘in his opinion’.
Crowder then proceeds to accuse Cape of being an activist and not a journalist in which Cape gets very defensive and refuses to acknowledge any of Crowder’s complaints about the article. Unlike the Austin Chronicle, the full video of this conversation is posted below for you formulate your own opinion on who was in the right and who was in the wrong.
So the question of the day, when does one stop being a journalist and start becoming an activist?