- Full Name Aaron Rupar
- Occupation Journalist
- Nationality American
Aaron Rupar | BiographyUrban Dictionary announced a new verb, "Rupar," in the dictionary, which meant "To purposely mislead. To completely mischaracterize a statement or video by omitting context"
In March 2021, Rupar posted a misleading video of Georgia police officer Jay Baker detailing the reason for the 8 Atlanta spa killings by suspect Robert Aaron Long. The situation ran viral in the press and brought forth accusations of racism, ending up provoking a Chinese propaganda site. Baker was originally relaying the suspect's exact statements, but Rupar's tweet framed Baker for speaking warmly about the white murder suspect. Baker was even accused as the case's spokesman.
Aaron Rupar is an Assistant Editor at Vox Media Inc. He covers policy and national politics.
Who is Aaron Rupar?
Rupar is a known face in the landscape of journalism. He has worked on firms such as Minnesota Premier Publication, Voice Media Group, State of Minnesota, Center for American Progress, Fox9, and Vox Media Inc. in capacities ranging from reporter, writer, social media manager to editor, and many more.
Early life and Education
Aaron Rupar received his bachelor's degrees in Political Science, Government, and Philosophy from Hamline University in 2006. In an interview with Hamline's bulletin, Rupar noted that Hamline not only prepared him well for his career in journalism but also other career ventures.
Successively, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2007 and graduated in 2010 with a Master's degree in Philosophy.
Rupar worked as a Teacher Assistant at Minnesota from 2007 to 2010 while simultaneously pursuing his Master's degree there. In December 2010, he began working as a Staff Writer for Minnesota Premier Publication and held the designation until 2011.
He then joined Voice Media Group as a Staff Writer in 2011 and exited in 2014. Then, Fox9 recruited him in 2014 as a web reporter, social media manager, digital producer, and assignment desk editor positions, which he held until 2015.
Thereafter, he began working for the State of Minnesota from 2015 to 2016 as the House DFL digital media coordinator. He handled digital media and the company's social media accounts, developed videos and graphics, and facilitated social media plans, among other responsibilities. From 2016 to 2018, he worked for the Center for American Progress as an Associate Editor. He landed as an Assistant Editor for politics and policy at Vox Media Inc in 2018.
Rupar is active on Twitter, engaging with political tweets.
On Ted Cruz's Family Vacation
A political scandal about the Texas Senate, Ted Cruz, was all over Twitter around February 2021. Twitter was flooded with reports that articulated Cruz's family vacation to Cancun, Mexico, while his state was coping with unplowed roads, power failures, ruptured pipes, and food scarcity.
On 18 February 2021, CNN's Betsy Klein published Cruz's response to the Twitter uproars as wanting "to be a good dad" for his daughters who "asked to take a trip with friends" as their school was "canceled for the week." But, shortly after that, screenshots of text messages of Cruz's wife, Heidi Cruz, which were sent to her neighbors, surfaced on Twitter that indicated otherwise. She had asked the neighbors if they wanted to leave for Cancun for a week since Texas was experiencing extreme cold weather. She even provided information regarding flight and hotel capacity.
On 19 February 2021, Rupar posted a clip of Cruz's explanation that briefed that the trip was due to his daughter's urges and captioned it as, "Ted Cruz is still blaming his daughters."
On Trump's Impeachment Trial
Rupar has substantial tweet clips and threads about Trump on his Twitter handle. One such thread includes remarks on Former President Donald Trump's defense attorney team's argument at his impeachment trial in February 2021. Rupar responded to the trial by creating about 30 clip threads dated 12 and 13 February 2021. The clips contained captions consorting much to the defense team's emphasis on whereabouts, which refers to a person responding to an accusation by making a counter-accusation or raising an out-of-topic issue.
"Trump impeachment lawyers' "defense" of Trump was a buffet of whataboutism," read one of Rupar's captions.
As a leftist, he also reacted to Michel van Der Veen, one of Trump's attorney's statements directed to Democrats. Der Veen spoke on how Trump was falsely named a Russian spy in the 2016 election and how Democrats claimed the 2016 election was hacked, to which Rupar responded as, "Trump's lawyers are now using the impeachment trial to spread misinformation about Russia's 2016 interference campaign."
Furthermore, when Trump's attorneys stated that 75 million people voted for Trump, in approach to using the point of wrong timing of retribution and disenfranchisement of such a huge number of voters as a defense, Rupar tweeted the numbers to be a lie. He concluded his thread on the impeachment trial asserting, "Castor concludes Trump's remarkably short defense with a screed about "constitutional cancel culture."
On Atlanta spa killings
Around March 2021, Rupar's misleading video of Georgia police officer Jay Baker detailing the reason for the 8 Atlanta spa killings by suspect Robert Aaron Long had ended up provoking a Chinese propaganda site.
Rupar shared a clip of Baker claiming that Aaron Long had a "really bad day" that led him to murder eight people, including six Asian women. Baker was originally relaying the suspect's exact statements, but Rupar's tweet framed Baker for speaking warmly about the white murder suspect. The situation ran viral in the press and brought forth accusations of racism. Baker was even accused as the case's spokesman.
The situation surged as a China-based media outlet China Xinhua News retweeted the news with the hashtag stop racism. Rupar's neglect of the context of Baker just articulating Long's phrasing was later chastised by mainstream and leftist journalists.
Cathy Young, a Russian-American journalist, wrote, "So this is the origin of the viral story: a Vox dot com journalist misrepresents a LE official's summary of what the suspect said to investigators as to his explanation. How many people even bothered to watch this clip, let alone the full video? Disgusting."
Siraj Hashmi, another journalist, responded to the Chinese media's retweet as, "who knew that a deliberate attempt to mislead the public by (atrupar) would fuel Chinese Communist Party propaganda?"
Following the situation, Urban Dictionary announced a new verb, "Rupar," in the dictionary, which meant "To purposely mislead. To completely mischaracterize a statement or video by omitting context."