Senator Schumer was recently the target of a fake news story. An unnamed individual was pushing a 13-page document detailing lurid sexual harassment accusations from a former staffer. The hoaxer offered several reporters and news outlets, including Axios, access to the password-protected PDF.
The cryptic file contained a copy of a lawsuit allegedly filed against Schumer back in 2012. After reviewing the complaint, Axios found several red flags indicating the complaint is fake, such as not listing an attorney for the staffer.
A spokesperson for the Senate minority leader denied the allegations and confirmed the lawsuit is a scam. “The document is a forged document and every allegation is false,” said Schumer’s communication director Matt House.
Additionally, the female staffer, who worked for the senator from 2009-2012, denied ever making a complaint. Speaking to Axios via telephone, she said all the allegations are false and her signature is a forgery.
Fortunately for Schumer, this story did not make headlines Wednesday morning. It didn’t, because Axios, Buzzfeed, CNN, The New Yorker, and ABC acted with due diligence. A journalistic quality that somehow disappears when it comes to reporting on President Trump.
As you know, there have been several false stories about the president or a family member in just the last two weeks. Two of them came from outlets that refused the Schumer story- CNN and ABC. If that doesn’t illustrate their liberal bias, nothing will.
Even more ironic than the story, is Schumer’s response. While Trump shares his outrage on social media, the senator turned over the documents to Capitol police. “We believe the individual responsible for forging the document should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to prevent other malicious actors from doing the same,” his office said.
Axios was also kind enough to include a note of caution to their media comrades. “Be smart: Look for more hits like this, aimed at victimizing both reporters and public figures,” they urged their colleagues.