Internet provocateurs and journalists Chuck Johnson and Mike Cernovich are each launching websites to go after reporters, The Daily Caller has learned.
Johnson, who currently runs GotNews.com, told TheDC Thursday, “The American press no longer behaves properly, and they need to be held to account.”
“They have decided to make themselves the story, and so if anyone has information on top journalists we will make them the story,” added Johnson, an infamous internet troll with reported ties to the Trump administration.
Johnson has been banned from Twitter for harassment and previously was a freelance contributor for The Daily Caller. He also helped launch Wesearchr, which crowd-funded for information that sometimes pertained to journalists. Some of the “bounties” on the site were for Megyn Kelly’s divorce files, or a sex tape of Gawker founder Nick Denton.
He said the website — he won’t reveal its name — will be a fusion of Wesearchr and Got News and will be launched by July 4. Johnson added that Cernovich might be involved.
Cernovich, who has been described as a conspiracy theorist for spreading stories about pedophilia rings and Hillary Clinton having Parkinson’s, told TheDC Thursday that he has a website in the works called “Journalism on Journalists.”
“It would perform investigative journalism on people who are making the news and breaking the news and find out if these are trustworthy people,” Cernovich said.
The newly-minted InfoWars contributor said that this is his own project and that if Johnson wants to “collaborate, then it’s another story.”
“We would investigate plagiarism. We would investigate dishonesty,” Cernovich told TheDC. He said it wouldn’t be necessarily negative and would be an “interesting look on who makes the news.”
Cernovich said journalists “have this immense amount of power and they write profiles on people and the minute you turn the camera on them they act like you are some harasser or stalker.”
He said that there is a “double standard” and that journalists aren’t held accountable if they “ruin someone’s life with disinformation.”
“You can’t disbar unethical journalists,” he added. He said he has met with a “bunch of investors” who want to fund the project and that he doesn’t think a crowd-funding model like Wesearchr would work.