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21 Nov, 2019 19:42

Journalist cries troll after finding ‘Russian quotation marks’ in story about Biden’s illegitimate child

Journalist cries troll after finding ‘Russian quotation marks’ in story about Biden’s illegitimate child

A journalist called out an Arkansas paper for running a story about Hunter Biden’s illegitimate child, pointing to a “Russian quotation mark” the account had used in its tweet promoting the article. Also known as an arrow.

Journalist Julia Ioffe, a Russiagate true-believer who covers foreign policy and national security topics for mainstream US publications like WaPo and The Atlantic, immediately smelled a rat when the Arkansas-Democrat Gazette tweeted an article claiming that “DNA testing has established that Hunter Biden is the father of an Arkansas baby,” with what she – a Russian speaker – called a “Russian quotation mark” next to it (»)

Perhaps assuming Russian hackers had taken over the (verified) account to talk smack about little ol’ Biden, Ioffe raced into action, tweeting “note the Russian quotation mark.

Others pointed out that, while it might be used in Russia as a quotation mark, it also looks a lot like an arrow, and since it’s a newspaper trying to get people to click on the story, and since there was no other quotation mark…

Ioffe refused to be satisfied, demanding to know how one might create such a symbol on an American QWERTY keyboard. It’s not clear why she wanted to know - was she plotting an infiltration of her own of some hapless news outlet? She does speak Russian, and you can never be too careful.

She later apologized, but not without getting another dig at the paper’s tweet, which “looked like other, sloppy attempts by Russian trolls to push stories.” Hear that, @ArkansasOnline? Leave Biden alone!

Twitter had a field day with her paranoia. “I SEE RED PEOPLE!” one user snarked. Others pointed out the “Russian quotation mark” is not exclusively Russian, conjuring up visions of Russo-French-Italian “botfams.” 

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette was far from the only outlet to write about the younger Biden’s amorous indiscretions. The mother of the baby filed for child support in May, only to be ignored – hence the DNA test. Worse, given the child’s birthdate, it would have been conceived while Biden was still dating his dead brother’s widow.

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