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Kellyanne Conway takes aim at the New York Times and one of its former reporters, Taylor Lorenz, over a 2020 fiasco that shed light on social media posts by his then 15-year-old daughter, Claudia Conway.
Conway, who served as former President Trump’s senior adviser during his tenure in the White House, writes in her new book, “Here’s the Deal,” that she first learned of the news story about her daughter when a Yahoo! A reporter contacted her via text and asked if she was “following” coverage of Claudia’s TikTok videos.
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Conway acknowledged in her book that Claudia was free to make up her own mind, and said she encouraged her to do so growing up. She also acknowledged that people got to know who she was simply because of her family’s position in the public spotlight.
“People noticed her once camera shy and now twice bitten by her Twitter dad, in one of her TikToks and realized who she was,” Conway wrote of her daughter. “Among them was a thirty-five-year-old New York Times internet culture and technology ‘reporter’ named Miss Taylor Lorenz, who is blue blooded and thin skinned.”
Further describing Lorenz, Conway said that when her “tactics or veracity are challenged or the slightest morsel of her own foul medicine is placed on her lips, she cries sexism, sends a distress call to the Times mothership and withdraw”.
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Conway soon discovered that the New York Times had allowed Lorenz to upload progressive and anti-Trump TikTok videos in a Twitter thread that gave wiggle room, according to Conway, for anyone who wanted to “skip through the day-to-day details of life.” of my teenage daughter and whatever thoughts and emotions may have crossed her busy mind.”
After Lorenz reported on Claudia’s videos and social media posts, Conway said Claudia started receiving “viral” comments from other TikTok users that made her a “daily sensation at the next day”.
Conway said she immediately felt “terror for Claudia’s safety” after discovering the work Lorenz was doing. “Instant fame brings instant chaos, as I well know,” Conway wrote.
Conway said in the book that she informed her husband, George Conway, a lawyer and political activist, who seemed indifferent to the situation.
“What do you want me to do?” he asked his wife before hanging up the phone. Conway, who wrote that she hadn’t slept much the night she was made aware of the situation, said she had tried several times to contact her husband soon after, but that she couldn’t reach him. “He wouldn’t answer another call or take any of my desperate texts,” she wrote.
After learning about the sensation her daughter received from the TikTok videos, Conway said she learned that Lorenz contacted her daughter and asked her about the videos. At one point, Conway wrote, Lorenz told her daughter that if she didn’t feel “comfortable” with the situation, she could provide her parents with Lorenz’s phone number.
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Eventually, Conway was able to contact an array of Times editors regarding the situation. Conway said some editors stood up for Lorenz, but those in higher positions eventually got back to her and told her that no more stories would be written on the videos. According to Conway, it was too late and “the damage is done”.
Conway said her daughter didn’t want to delete the posts from her account and said in the book that other media outlets began contacting her daughter.
“Once the Times opened the door, other outlets blew their own internal protocols – assuming they had them – to reach out to Claudia, send a direct message to our fifteen-year-old, and inundate her with interview requests and promises of other freebies.”
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Conway said her daughter “expressed regret for some of the things she said and did online” and noted that she received more coverage than Hunter Biden, 52, in 2020.
“My underage daughter has become a new, but not Joe Biden’s dirty adult son,” Conway wrote.
Earlier this year, Lorenz, now a reporter for The Washington Post, made headlines after doxxing the individual behind the Libs of TikTok account.
Conway’s new book came out on Tuesday.