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Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

Jezebel, a blog that targets women with toxic, clickbait-y articles, attacked The Vigilant Citizen site in a hit piece article. Maybe they should look into their company’s shameful past instead.

Throughout its decade of existence, The Vigilant Citizen has been mentioned several times by major publications. Some articles were objective, well researched and motivated by a desire to inform. Others, like this Jezebel article, have been all-out hit pieces aimed at discrediting my work, probably because it doesn’t comply with the agenda they’re trying to shove down people’s throats.

I usually don’t bother replying to these articles because, simply put, I don’t care. I write articles analyzing various topics and I let people draw their own conclusions. Unlike sites like Jezebel, The Vigilant Citizen is about presenting facts, not dictating what you should think about facts.

But when I read this purposely misleading article on Jezebel that attempts to discredit the Vigilant Citizen with contorted arguments, my face scrunched up in incomprehension. Is Jezebel actually giving a lecture about “credibility”? Really? Jezebel? The same Jezebel that was founded by the infamous Gawker media empire?

The now-defunct Gawker was a marketing company that founded several websites including Lifehacker, Clickhole, Kotaku, Jezebel and its flagship website Gawker.com. Its Wikipedia entry states:

“Throughout its existence, Gawker maintained a reputation as one of the most unscrupulous elements of new media and a constant example of yellow journalism.”
– Wikipedia, Gawker

So, yeah, if they could not lecture other sites about credibility, that would be great.

Distorting the Facts

In typical Jezebel fashion, the article began with a personal attack, not on me but on a columnist named Rod Dreher, who is apparently a terrible person. Then, the reporter Anna Merlan, went on to attack The Vigilant Citizen because Dreher linked to my article “The Occult World of Asia Argento“.

The analysis in my article is factual and well-sourced. Merlan even calls this site (perhaps sarcastically) “extremely credible-seeming”. Nonetheless, she made it a point to portray me as a lunatic, lumping me together with someone I have never heard of and have no connection to, and drastically distorting my message. Instead of objectively reporting the contents of my article, like a journalist would do, Merlan heavily exaggerates to come up with her own dubious conclusion.

“Vigilant Citizen identifies Argento as “occult elite,” because she’s the daughter of famed horror director Dario Argento and has talked online about esoteric spirituality and magic and witchcraft.

In the world that Dreher and the Vigilant Citizens inhabit, of course, that’s tantamount to inviting Satan right into your house to delicately dismember babies on your kitchen counter.”

Nobody said that, Anna. However, since she wrote several glowing articles about the Satanic Temple and its PR stunts, she might know a little more about “inviting Satan” than I do.

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

Of course, this is not the first time that Merlan has used falsehoods to fit her narrative. In 2014, she heavily promoted a Rolling Stone story about a gang rape at UVA … which turned out to be completely false. When people tried to shed light on the story and bring out the truth, she flat-out insulted them.

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

 

Then, the Columbia School of Journalism published a full report about this journalistic blunder, concluding that the story “failed to follow basic, even routine journalistic practice” in terms of fact-checking and due diligence. The story also led to a defamation lawsuit that was won by the University.

Faced with undeniable facts, Merlan was then forced to issue an apology. But not before proving, once again, that the agenda was more important than the truth. In short, it was yet another low point in Gawker’s history of crass journalism.

Gawker Died Due To its Own Sleaziness

After years of annoying the internet with terrible content that often included privacy violation, damaging gossip, vicious libel, and inflammatory accusations, Gawker died due to its own sleaziness. And the way it went down was as surreal as it gets.

Indeed, Hulk Hogan came out of retirement, marched to his theme song “Real American” to the Supreme Court, and metaphorically leg-dropped Gawker into financial ruin.

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

In case you did not follow this sordid episode in modern journalism, people at Gawker obtained a tape of Hulk Hogan (whose real name is Terry Bollea) having sex with his friend’s wife, which was secretly recorded without his consent. In what its editor probably thought was the clickbait catch of the century, Gawker promoted the video on its flagship website, even after Hogan requested to video to be taken down.

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

During the trial, the people at Gawker stunned the world with bizarre responses. Here’s what happened when Bollea’s lawyer interrogated former Gawker Editor-in-Chief and article author AJ Daulerio on his claims that the sex tape was “newsworthy”:

“Can you imagine a situation where a celebrity sex tape would not be newsworthy?” asked the lawyer, Douglas E. Mirell.

“If they were a child,” Mr. Daulerio, Former Gawker Editor In Chief.

“Under what age?” the lawyer continued.

“Four.”

Huh? So you would publish a sex tape involving a 5-year-old? Later he said he was joking. In his sworn deposition. OK, AJ.

Anyway, the jury ruled in favor of Bollea and he was awarded $140M from Gawker and $10M from Gawker founder Nick Denton. Though they settled for much less, the ruling bankrupted the company and caused Gawker.com to shut down. Its other sites, including Jezebel, were sold to the media conglomerate Conde Nast, which owns a long list of magazines and digital publications.

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

To announce the sale, Gawker owner Nick Denton wrote an article entitled “Whoring Out Jezebel”. So appropriate.

After being sold, Jezebel kept doing what it does best: Exploiting feminism for clicks.

Jezebel: Exploiting Feminism

Jezebel describes itself as a “feminist liberal blog about style and fashion”. The true description of the site should be: “Gawker pandering to women with clickbait articles”.

The name of the site itself, based on a biblical story from the Old Testament, is extremely telling of the mindset behind it all.

“Jezebel” was the name of a Phoenician queen who incited her husband, King Ahab, to abandon the worship of God and replace it with the worship of the deities Baal and Asherah, which included blood sacrifices, ritual sex, and sacred prostitutes. During her reign, she persecuted prophets of God and had them slaughtered by the hundreds. She also fabricated evidence of blasphemy against an innocent landowner who refused to sell his property to King Ahab, causing the landowner to be put to death. As punishment, Jezebel was thrown out of a window by members of her own court, and the flesh of her corpse was eaten by stray dogs.

For thousands of years, the name “Jezebel” was used to describe an immoral, scheming woman who deceives, manipulates and destroys people to reach her own nefarious goals.

The name is rather appropriate. Since its creation, the publication Jezebel has been poisoning the public space with toxic content based on manufactured outrage, personal attacks, and exploiting “feminism”.

In her article “Why Jezebel Has The Wrong Approach To Feminism, Period”, writer Kyria Abrahams wrote:

“In order to say how Jezebel is ruining feminism, I guess I’d need a good idea of what feminism is in 2014. And God only knows at this point, because Jezebel has ruined it. Before the Internet, being a feminist meant that your boss couldn’t fire you just because you refused to let him grab your t--s. That was a good thing. These days, feminism is more about hurt feelings and trigger warnings, blogs about rape jokes, ironic racism, and fat shaming. It used to be about the pill and the right to be a female priest. Now it’s about outrage and clickbait.

Jezebel plays upon the worst female stereotype: that of the gossipy, shrill, cliquish, therapy-tethered, cast of Girls-style spoiled brat. Jezebel writers act the way misogynistic men mistakenly believe all women act, with a stick up their a-s and their nose in an iPhone. This website, and sites like them, have single-handedly set back badass chicks faster than Sleater Kinney in a tractor beam.”

Howie Reith, a writer at Huffington Post and Time, concluded that Jezebel was actually “parasitic on feminism”.

We need to talk about a tale of two “Feminisms.” I put “Feminisms” in quotes because, as I hope to demonstrate in this answer, one of these “Feminisms” is not, I think, properly called by that name. This other movement is, in fact, a parasite on Feminism, and though a parasite flourishes best when its host is alive and healthy, its goals are ultimately opposed to those of its host, and we should not mistake one for the other.

Jezebel is a subsidiary of Gawker Media, a for-profit viral media marketing company. It was created with the goal of writing more material friendly to Gawker’s female audience which already represented the majority of their readers.

There are several categories of content that do well in viral marketing: videos of cute things, shocking things, cats, and so on, but by far the best content to generate views, comments, shares, reposts, and all other varieties of attention-grabbing is content that makes people angry.

We are operating in an environment that systematically encourages radical, hateful, angry thinking and behavior. (…)

There is thus a series of organizations and Internet users that seek to exploit Feminism as a means of producing rage, and thus views, and thus profit. The more controversy and animosity they can create, the more they profit and grow.

I don’t think it’s unreasonable for me to say that provoking a gender war is not, ultimately, in the long-term interest of Feminism, but it is in the short-term interest of businesses that profit off of sensationalized hatred and anger. In the process of appealing to feminists and enraging non-feminists, it is in the best interest of such organizations to call themselves “Feminist.”

While Jezebel exploits “feminism” to pump-out toxic, hateful articles, its sister site does the same with race relations.

The Root: Exploiting Racism

The Root uses the same anger-inciting formula as Jezebel. Here are some headlines taken from The Root:

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

 

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

Jezebel Attacked The Vigilant Citizen ... Here's Why They Should Stay in Their Lane

Rationalize and use mental gymnastics all you want, but these posts are racist. I am fully aware of the many underhanded ways Black people have been undermined throughout American history and these topics deserve proper research and attention. However, none of this is happening at The Root.

What’s actually happening is that the “reporters” at The Root get a paycheck from their bosses to drum up hate and racial division because it fits their owner’s social and political agenda.

Through unfair generalizations, dehumanization of “the other”, and low-grade insults with expressions such as “white tears”, The Root exploits race relations the same way Jezebel exploits feminism. And, like Jezebel, they are ultimately hurting their own cause.

What happened to the dream of not judging people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character?

In Conclusion

This article was mainly about giving Jezebel and its entire company a small taste of their own medicine. However, unlike them, I do not need to resort to twisted facts and exaggerations to prove my point. I just did what I always do: I stated the facts.

Unlike The Vigilant Citizen, Jezebel is owned by a media conglomerate and its higher-ups expect their “journalists” to push a specific, precisely defined agenda. Right now, the agenda is about “divide and conquer” – driving a wedge between races, genders and political affiliations. And of course, the agenda is also about suppressing and discrediting facts that go against its narrative, thus the hit piece of Jezebel against The Vigilant Citizen.

What they don’t seem to realize is that their agenda is so obvious, tone-deaf and out-of-touch with reality that they’re actually driving people away from the causes they’re pretending to be championing. They are the reason why a growing number of people distrust and reject mass media.

In-depth analysis aside, just look at the names. A “Jezebel” deceives and destroys people for personal gain. A “Vigilant Citizen” informs fellow humans to improve their lives.

Which would you rather be?



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Just me

When they go this cray cray, you know you must be doing something right

Erin O'Riordan

Yeah, that’s not a thing. Everything is offensive to someone. Facts are either accurate or inaccurate.

phaedris

Yes, it is “a thing”. Facts cannot be inaccurate by definition. And we live in a world today where too many people find inconvenient facts to be offensive.

Erin

They named their magazine after a woman so reviled in the Bible that she was trampled by a horse, eaten by dogs, and became fertilizer. I wouldn’t worry about Jezebel Mag at all.

Erin O'Riordan

Here’s the thing: if there was a historical Jezebel, the only account we have of her is the Biblical one. The Biblical writer considered her a wicked member of an enemy tribe and wrote a vile depiction of her. What story would Jezebel tell if she were allowed to tell us her story in her own words? It would likely be a totally different story. The blog name invites us to stretch our minds and imagine what a “Jezebel” could be in the absence of patriarchal narratives. What if Jezebel didn’t do the things she was accused of? What if she was framed? What if history tarnished the name of an innocent woman?

Kelly Rago

The Bible is widely accepted by historians and scholars alike as historically accurate. Do a little research!

David Baerwald

No, it isn’t, Kelly. It’s considered to be entirely unreliable, for many reasons, not the least of which is the unreliability of scribes and copyists. Oh, and the Council of Nicea.

K Lina

You might be interested in the book Jezebel: The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen by Lesley Hazleton. She gives a much more nuanced view of Jezebel.

SarahJ

VC you probably do more for “feminism” than you realise. By exposing the truth about the entertainment industry you no doubt have saved many children from being pushed into the industry as the parents have read this site and now wouldn’t allow their children to go anywhere near the modelling agencies or scouts. It can be enchanting and enticing for someone (especially women) to think they can become a “star” and be adored by the masses. Your site exposes the truth and shows how ugly and sadistic it all really is and thus you have Empowered women to look beyond the gloss and realise the truth. I have 2 beautiful daughters and the eldest now 16 has had several approaches to be in this advert or catalogu etc since the age of 2. I have always said no. There is no way I would bring her to the entrance of that den as a young child so that she could potentially be preyed upon if “they” decide she had the right look or qualities. Whenever a new artist has come on the scene I explain to my daughter whats really behind it all and why the MV’s contain what they… Read more »

TeamJesus

VC helps me and my daughter too. VC’s articles about Lady Gaga brought me here years ago and are partly to do with why I gave my life to Christ. I started research the illuminati and their agenda and mind control techniques and I broke free from those chains and have a new life in Christ that I share with my daughter who also has given her life to Christ. God bless!

Paulo

God bless!
indeed
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6

Ally

Let me tell you how many times I’ve bothered to go to Jezebel’s site or read one of their articles… zero. And that number will continue to remain the same.

Anonymous

I’ve been following the VC for a long time, thank you for all you do and for not selling out

Adam

Well done VC!!! Beautifully written as always…. I want to share this on Anna Merlans twitter feed! lol

alyssa faison

You should do it.

Adam

I’ve just done it …. all I said was “Ouch!” with a link to this page! 🙂

CuriousHuman

Did she reply to you? If she replies anything to you, let us know! Lol

Big Al

It is really interesting which idols these “feminists” have.
There are many strong and independent women in the bible (Sarah, Mary, Judith). But who are chosen to represent modern feminism?
Lilith and Jezebel!
A demon and a unambigusly wicked queen. And while you could make a case for Lilith (who is actually not part of the bible, but of the Apocrypha), Jezebel is one of the least feminists characters.

QuestionEverythinh

Judith isn’t in the Bible either, just the Apocrypha.

Marko

One should not forget Deborah when discussing strong Godly women. The exact opposite of Jezebel.

Brievel

Can I put Ruth in there, too?

Philomena's Daughter

Judith is in the Catholic bible and has been accepted in the Canon of the Bible since at least the Council of Rome in 382 A.D.

Anonymous

“The Council of Rome 382 A.D.”? This is exactly why it’s not Canon. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

Erin O'Riordan

Maybe women are just tired of being told what’s good and what’s wicked by men who just “coincidentally happen” to directly benefit from the free labor of women who follow traditional patriarchal lifestyles. I mean, we’re grown adults just as much as men are; why should we have our entire lives guided by the opposite sex instead of making our decisions as men are presumed to be able to do?

A former feminist who wised up

Blah blah blah men suck blah blah blah women great blah blah blah women know more blah blah blah blah blah blah. Fittin’ right in with that Jezzy-bel narrative, aren’t ya? Wise up gurly – y’all been lied to by the Satanic elite. Who do ya think started feminism to begin with?? Look it up, unless ya know it already.

Anonymous

What do you mean by “free labor”? If a woman chooses to be a wife, mother, and homemaker, and the husband earns $ at an outside job, then uses said $ to pay mortgage/rent, utilities, auto expenses or cab or bus fare for the family, food, clothing and personal items for all, household decor and furnishings, a-s’t. insurances, medical costs, etc., would this not be considered as monetary return on her investment? What leads you to believe that some “patriarch” made her choice for her? Before you go off on me, I spent most of my younger years as a single mother who worked 2 and sometimes 3 jobs in order to provide for myself and my sons. The divorce was a “patriarchal decision”. Having lived in both worlds, I’ll take the “traditional role” anyday! It’s a lot more interesting, a LOT more fun, and a lot better for the children, if any are involved. Please get off of the hate train. Men …real masculine men…are overall good folk, IMHO.

Megan

I don’t like women telling me what I should or shouldn’t aspire to either. Especially ones that go round crying that I’m so oppressed I don’t even realise I need feminism. Sorry, but there’s nothing I need you to save me from.

holmstockd

Hey its free advertising for open minded people that will come here and learn some truth!

girl

True. I hope so…

people are dumb

@holmstockd Unfortunately, most people are dumb as f***, so I don’t know if they will be able to be open-minded, because being open-minded requires minimum intelligence, which most people don’t have.

DolceSari

Jezebel will go down again… Just like the bible story 🙂

RaXz

The same goes for the prophets of Baal, and they exist as they’ve erected arches of Baal in back in 2016, like the ones in New York and London. 666 + 666 + 666 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 2016

The time of narcissists of both genders is running out fast, which is good as it’s pretty much a plague these days, even the conspiracy theorist scene is swamped with them.

Doug

My sincere gratitude for your ability to dissect topics and make beautiful word soups out of cold hard facts. Whenever you’re in NYC let me buy you a drink.

TeamJesus

Ooooh VC you got me clutching my invisible pearls and getting my teacup ready cuz this tea is piping hot! I love your article and I just got through the first paragraph I wanted to comment and then go back to read this because I know it’s gonna be GOOD!!! They messed with the wrong one!!! No weapons shall prosper!!

Dixie

VC helping to bring down spiritual strongholds since 2010! Amiright????

the_locust

As someone other than me said, When you’re catching flak, you know you’re over the target.

I’ve been here a long time, and I’ve learned a lot. Thanks, VC and the VC community..

Stay vigilant and united, my friends. Together we will make this a better world.

Alpina

Keep doing what you are doing VC. God bless.

Joy

Luckily, my instincts have kept me from reading drivel clickbat articles, Jezebel was never on my radar, or one to consider a valid source for legit journalism. Jezebel is just another CNN but with worse content, which I didn’t think was possible. Lmao.

It’s sounds like Jezebel should consider selling clothes or makeup, they would have a greater success in making money than writing (I’m being sarcastic about the term ‘writing’).

The more that the public wakes up, the more Jezebel will die in views and hits. Bye bye Jezebel.

Long time reader, first time commenting. You offer well researched and written content. Kudos!

TempestOfTempo

They are wrong as usual….. but its going to funnel new users to the VC site, and then they can decide for themselves. It may very well backfire on them!

Nahuel

Brother, this is great, what more confirmation that the stuff you say is true can you get than being attacked for an article? This means that you were right on the money and they needed to discredit you right away, keep doing your thing. Something else that you might have missed, is that when you made the analysis of the film “Starry Eyes” the FILMMAKERS THEMSELVES wrote an article saying that the meaning of the movie you described it was all a lie you made up, look it up. Thank you for all your hard work, God bless you.

alyssa faison

I am very familiar with this website, and watched the entire Gawker demise. Every point you brought up is correct,in fact, I believe you could have written a much longer article. They seem to have commenters on the payroll and are having a hard time attracting and keeping writers. Hopefully, they will soon follow Gawker into the great beyond forever. Anna Merlan truly is toxic.

Usman Wahid

You cant suppress the truth

Opinion2

Some people refer to VC as if it was the only site that approached illuminati symbolism, subliminal messages, the occult, and similar subjects. I remember that around the end of the 1990’s I started reading about subliminal messages, that also included some satanic symbolisms, but the site I used to read (which was not VC, that didn’t exist yet at that time) didn’t mention any connection of the artists or movies that showed the symbolism with occultism. So I read the articles, understood the symbology (the site didn’t mention the one-eye symbology, only other types of symbologies and subliminal messages about sex, violence, and some involving satanic symbols), but I couldn’t understand why those artists, movies and videos showed those occult symbologies. So I stopped reading this kind of stuff, because I couldn’t understand their purpose. Since I started reading VC, things started making more sense to me: the reason why those artists have to show those occult symbologies and subliminal messages that promote promiscuity, violence and other damaging things is that those artists actually made a deal with the devil. And though this idea seemed to me, some years ago, completely surreal and only possible in movies, currently I… Read more »

Whocares

This was in fact „invented and created“ a few thousand years ago. „It“ is indeed very, very old.

The internet and websites such like this only exist for a few years. Now more people are finally starting to connect the dots and are asking the right questions.

Opinion 2

When I said “created”, I meant the findings about the occult elite, not the emergence of the illuminati group itself, but I got your point. =)

P Bell

Yes: the occult, sorcery/witchcraft, sexual deviancy/promiscuity/sex magick and worshiping of demons (and therefore Satan) is recorded in the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, and is referenced all throughout, all the way to the last book of Revelation. The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians further cultivated these practices and were able to record and pass them down, and this what you see ALL of today’s occult/Illuminati atrocities are based upon. As the Bible says: “there is nothing new under the sun”. These practices are REAL. They have existed since the BEGINNING. They are POWERFUL (fortunately not more powerful than Jehovah and Jesus). They deserve our healthy fear….not to be feared to the point of cowering, but to be acknowledged and respected. Satan and his demons are no doubt very real and very powerful – they exist and operate in a spiritual plane under spiritual laws that temporal humans aren’t totally privy to. A basic understanding and the proper spiritual weaponry are all that is needed to counteract their power and influence. The “proper” (and only effective) spiritual weapon is acceptance of Christ as Savior, and the receipt of the Holy Spirit. Kind of like this analogy: there are bad people… Read more »

Vincent

Revelation 22: 10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of prophecy in this book, because the time is near. 11Let the unrighteous continue to be unrighteous, and the vile continue to be vile; let the righteous continue to practice righteousness, and the holy continue to be holy.” 12“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done

P Bell

Thank you!

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