FAST FIVE: Reuters Shelved 'Buff My Balls Beto' Hacker Story Until After 2018 Senate Race

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Texas Republicans also tweeted out what appears to be a police mug shot of the Texas Democrat.

Handout via Texas GOP Twitter In a “backstory” article late Friday, Menn explained that he struck a deal with the CDC to withhold O'Rourke's involvement in the group “until after the November election” in 2018 – after which the group would confirm O'Rourke's involvement, a secret they had kept for decades.  “While I was looking into the Cult of the Dead Cow, I found out that they had a member who was sitting in Congress, said Menn.

“They wouldn't confirm that it was this person unless I promised that I wouldn't write about it until after the November election.” Except O'Rourke admitted he was in CDC before the 2018 election.

I know you were in this group.

And he said, 'OK.' “And he told me about his time in the Cult of the Dead Cow.” -Reuters Defending the decision not to run the story, Menn tweeted on Saturday: “I offered @BetoORourke an embargo because it was for a book I was on leave to write, not for my day job, and because no one else who knew would confirm the facts before the election.” Menn added “I had zero sources” – seemingly in direct conflict with his Friday admission that O'Rourke himself told him about his time in CDC before the election.  Not confirm what someone else said, confirm my guess.

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