Ex-Vox reporter mocked for claiming to be victim of ‘stolen value’ on Twitter
Former Vox reporter Aaron Rupar mocked Twitter on Thursday after comparing not getting credit for videos he tweeted to “stolen bravery”.
According to the military website Home of Heroes, “‘Stolen Valor’ is a term applied to the phenomenon of people who falsely claim military awards or medals they have not earned, service they have not performed, POW experiences that never happened, and others accounts of military actions that exist only in their minds.”
Rupar, now a freelance journalist, responded angrily when Mike Sington, a former NBCUniversal executive, tweeted a video of a Herschel Walker campaign speech.
Rupar pointed to Sington’s tweet and said, “This guy loves posting the exact same videos that others have already posted without any attribution. Rather dodgy and I’m not the only one who noticed.”
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Sington replied that the levity was unintentional and wondered how he could smooth things over: “Aaron, not trying to be sleazy. I thought the clip was from OAN, their logo is on it. Eager to learn, what should I have done differently?”
Rupar was not appeased and accused Sington of ripping out his video “for stolen bravery”.
He replied, “RT mine? I actually watched the speech, you lazily watched my video go viral and decided to scam it for stolen bravery. You do this all the time and people notice. .”
Rupar’s comparison earned him a “Community Rating” from Twitter. This is a form of reader-generated fact-checking. The memo clarified: “‘Stolen valor’ is a phrase that specifically refers to people claiming to be veterans to claim benefits…While potentially in bad taste, reposting third-party news snippets is qualitatively different. ”
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Conservatives on Twitter scoffed at the comparison.
Viewer contributing editor Stephen Miller wrote: “Aaron Rupar likens sharing publicly edited music videos to ‘stolen bravery’.”
“Thank you for your service of…watching cable TV,” tweeted US Marine and Townhall writer Julio Rosas.
Digital strategist Greg Price joked, “As someone who also tweets clips, I wholeheartedly agree with you. It’s unpatriotic to post a clip after you’ve already posted it. We bravely get up in the morning, leave our families behind us and go into the trenches. to post things that we see on TV on social media and that has to be respected.”
Washington Examiner columnist T. Becket Adams wrote, “An incredible exchange. I honestly can’t say if it’s a bit or if Aaron genuinely believes it’s a form of ‘stolen value’ to share videos taken from a public address.”
“What does defending democracy look like, FOLKS,” wrote Federalist columnist Eddie Scarry.
“Every day this guy wakes up and makes a conscious decision to be the worst person on Twitter. He never fails,” said The Lafayette Co. President Ellen Carmichael.
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He added a joking image of Vietnam War veteran Lt. Dan (Gary Sinise) from the movie ‘Forrest Gump’, with the caption ‘I lost my legs cutting Newsmax interviews in 16’.