Vice News editor admits: Some anti-Kavanaugh protesters were paid to help make 'viral moments' Remember the women who confronted Jeff Flake on the elevator? Paid protesters! According to Vice News editor who spent time with the protesters, many anti-Kavanaugh protest leaders 'were paid 'to try to harness that energy in a way that would make the viral moments that we ended up seeing'. In other words, the anti-Kavanaugh protesters were paid for their theatrics in an effort to manipulate you.