In a post on November 1, titled "Creepy: OFA encourages parents to have ‘the talk’ with their children this holiday," Twitchy.com published PajamaBoy's real name:
Now OFA is urging parents this holiday season to have “the talk” with their children — you know, the talk about buying health insurance from the Obamacare exchange....Is it just us, or does that kid (actually Ethan Krupp, OFA’s content writer) look young enough to still be covered under his parents’ plan? And will the video help families #GetTalking?
That headline is misleading because it makes it seem as though the Washington Examiner was the first to reveal that Pajama Boy as Ethan Krupp. Was Charlie Spiering really unaware of previously published references to Ethan Krupp?
|Charlie Spiering probably likes hot cocoa, too.|
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As happens too often, other bloggers lazily reposted the Examiner piece without digging a little deeper. That spread the false impression that Krupp's name was not known until Dec. 19.
Benson, the poor Guy, began his post by saying "The Washington Examiner’s Charlie Spiering lands, er, 'the scoop:'" Trouble is, as pointed out above, he didn't, and it wasn't a "scoop." Benson obviously didn't bother to spend a few minutes researching the subject at hand. He swallowed the Examiner piece whole and pooped it out with minimal digestion.
After about 30 seconds of searching Twitter for "Ethan Krupp" I found a reference to him from well before Spiering's post on Washington Examiner. On Dec. 20, I tweeted this:
@dcexaminer did not "find" Ethan Krupp on Dec. 19. Nope. @TwitchyTeam ID'd him on Nov. 1st. http://t.co/37N6k1E8MX
— Chicago News Bench™ (@ChiNewsBench) December 20, 2013