Prominent Qanon Account Posts Pictures, Names of Journalists 'Attacking Q'

A prominent Twitter account promoting the Qanon conspiracy theory posted photos and names of journalists working for the "'Big 6' Media Platforms Attacking Q."

The graphic showed reporters for The Washington Post, NBC and MSNBC, The Daily Beast, Right Wing Watch, the Daily Dot and Newsweek. (The author of this article was among those listed on the graphic).

The image was first posted on Twitter by account "CJTRUTH." It was then reposted by a an influential user going by the name "Joe M" whose following has grown substantially in recent months.

Joe M wrote posted that the image was "A nice graphic showing who the #Big6 have deployed to try push back the advance of #QAnon as it sweeps over them like a wave, sucking the media impressions away by the million. We are drawing them out of their holes into a public confrontation they cannot win."

The graphic misidentified at least two reporters. An image of right-wing provocateur Laura Loomer appeared under the name of Daily Dot journalist Ellen Ioanes, and the image accompanying Newsweek reporter Andrew Whalen depicted the incorrect inidividual.

Travis View, the co-host of QAnon Anonymous podcast, told Newsweek that the post was "part of the Q narrative that there is no legitimate criticism of QAnon, and 'media attacks' only happen because the MSM is scared and/or secretly believes that QAnon is true." View said that someone channel in 8chan tracks articles about Qanon "and writes an analysis of what they believe it means."

"Another Twenty of these Jokers - and we could make a DECK. Thank you for this, Patriot. Investigating now - for Common Denominators - (for you pretenders at Journalism - that means "HANDLERS & CO-CONSPIRATORS"). It's too bad they don't love their fellow man. An utter shamem" one commenter wrote.

"They've done a lot worse," NBC News reporter Ben Collins, who was named in the poster, told Newsweek.

He sent an image of a human centipede featuring reporters covering Qanon and activist Jordan Uhl, who does not cover Qanon.

The pro-Trump Qanon theory is a constantly shifting conspiracy that revolves around the idea that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was working with President Donald Trump to unearth a cabal of pedophiles, including Hillary Clinton, and send them to be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.

They believe an anonymous individual with top security clearance is revealing highly classified information about the deep state through a series of cryptic messages. During Trump's 2019 State of the Union, adherents of the theory said that Trump's skewed necktie was symbolic and proof of their beliefs.

David Reinert holds up a large 'Q' sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018. Rick Loomis/Getty Images

Followers of Qanon regularly appear at Trump rallies, and the theory has, over time, moved away from being a fringe idea discussed exclusively in far-right internet chat rooms. Last month, Fox & Friends reporter Carly Shimkus quoted a tweet from a popular Qanon account with over 167 thousand followers.

This article has been updated to include comment from Travis View.