On Friday, the story broke that Beto O’Rourke had been involved with a group of hackers called the “Cult of the Dead Cow” in the 90s.
But what is coming out in the backstory is that the reporter, Joseph Menn, didn’t just find out this information recently.
He’s known about it for over a year but chose to sit on it because O’Rourke asked him to not reveal it until his race with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was over.
Within minutes, his special report was the most popular story on Reuters.com here and was picked up by other news outlets. But the origin of the story goes back more than two years.
Members of the group, which calls itself Cult of the Dead Cow, protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise the former Texas Congressman’s political career.
After more than a year of reporting, Menn persuaded O’Rourke to talk on the record. In an interview in late 2017, O’Rourke acknowledged that he was a member of the group, on the understanding that the information would not be made public until after his Senate race against Ted Cruz in November 2018.
Needless to say, Ted Cruz is more than a little furious about the media cover-up, as he has every right to be.
And guess who’s coming to Reuters’ rescue?
None other than CNN’s Brian Stelter.
What was Stelter’s excuse? The reporter was writing a book, so therefore it was okay.
In a red-hot minute.