Rep. Devin Nunes repeated a 4chan meme on national television - 2019-02-08
Last night on Laura Ingraham's show, The Ingraham Angle, a strange thing happened (stranger than usual, I mean). Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) stopped by for an interview, ostensibly to talk about Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) latest actions regarding the ongoing Russia probe. "This is clearly an investigation again, without a crime. We've looked for two years — didn't find anything, at all," Nunes said, which is misleading at best. He went on to speak about the "cottage industry" of press people who are following the case and reporting it, so the public has an idea of what goes on behind closed doors. Nunes sounded offended when he reported to the Capitol for what was, in his words, a routine meeting, and he saw many camera people waiting for him there.
"I don't know what these people are going to do — this cottage industry of press people. They're going to have to go learn code or something, which was Obama's plan. Because they're not going to have a job after this!" Did you catch it? This is where it gets odd. While the rest of Nunes' appearance was boilerplate Fox outrage bait, that sentence — "They're going to have to go learn code or something" — was the congressman signaling, knowingly or not, that he understood the priorities of a certain group online.
When Nunes said "learn to code," he was amplifying a mass harassment campaign that started on 4chan's politics board, which was meant to target journalists. The last few weeks have not been kind to media professionals. More than a thousand jobs have been lost after layoffs at HuffPost, BuzzFeed, Verizon, and Gannett, and the general mood across the industry can be best described as "anxious and depressed."