The Clickbait Claim

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Readers of The Laurel have heard us quote Mark Twain on the topic of attacking the news media: “Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.” Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes might have wanted to keep this in mind when she went after the CT Mirror and the Waterbury Republican-American recently. With thanks to CT Capitol Report, we’re borrowing its links to tell a story that spun crazily on Monday 8/26…

JAHANA HAYES CLAIMS TO HAVE RECEIVED RACIST COMMUNICATIONS SINCE TAKING OFFICE..

.REP-AM: HAYES ‘REFUSES TO PROVIDE ANY EXAMPLES OR DETAILS’…

JAHANA HAYES CRITICIZES NEWS MEDIA FOR ‘CLICKBAIT JOURNALISM’…

HAYES whacks ‘reckless’ Republican-American, CTMIRROR…

HAYES: ‘I am appalled at the continuous attempts by journalists to drive this narrative that I am using race as a dividing card’…

Hayes: ‘I Will Not Succumb to Exaggerated Headlines’; posts audio recordings of CTMIRROR, REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN interviews…

HUGHES: CT Mirror interview: Hayes: ‘There are some people who are just spewing out hateful things, and…’ Reporter: Are they racist things, too?’ Hayes: ‘Yes, very much so, very much so, very much so. That continues to be a recurring theme…’