Cancel Culture

Local Man Uses Viral Fame To Raise $1 Million for Charity, Journalist Digs Up Offensive Tweets He Made at Age 16

Carson King is the latest victim of a cancel culture that's out of control.

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Cancel culture may have finally jumped the shark after an Iowa newspaper decided to include in a profile of a local man raising money for charity two racist tweets he published at age 16.

On Tuesday, the Des Moines Register published a profile of Carson King, a 24-year-old security guard who achieved viral fame after he was spotted on ESPN's College Gameday waving a sign that asked people to use the mobile payment app Venmo to send him beer money.

The TV coverage brought in $11,000, which King then announced he was donating to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. That declaration led to more donations, which prompted Beer company Anheuser-Busch and Venmo both to announce that they would match Carson's donations to the hospital. Anheuser-Busch even said they'd gift King a year's supply of beer, making him an Iowa legend. As of Tuesday evening, King reports raising over $1 million.

All in all, it's a nice feel-good story of a person using his surprise viral fame to help others.

In writing up this feel-good story, however, the Register decided to do some digging on King, eventually finding two, now-deleted, tweets from 2011—when King was 16 years old—that made racist jokes, one reportedly comparing black women to monkeys, another making a joke about black victims of the holocaust.

When asked about the tweets by the Register, King apologized profusely for them, saying they made him "sick" and "that's not something that I'm proud of at all."

Prior to the publication of the Register story, King issued a statement to local media expressing further regret.

"I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16 years old. I want to sincerely apologize," said King. Social media, he said, had the power to bring people together and to make one's life very public.

The Register's description of King's teenage tweets was enough to get Anheuser-Busch to disassociate themselves with King, although the company says that it will still donate $350,000 to the hospital.

The paper's decision to publish the tweets also attracted heaps of scorn online, with many arguing that it's wrong to dig up someone's offensive tweets from high school, particularly given the remorse King already expressed, the sudden nature of his fame, and the legitimately decent charity work he was doing with that fame.

In response to these criticisms, the Des Moines Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter published an absolutely infuriating statement in which she described editors wrestling with whether to ignore the tweets, given King's age at the time and apparent remorse, or go ahead and risk ruining his life by publishing descriptions of them. They went with the latter option. Hunter's statement makes clear that this decision to publish the tweets was made prior to King releasing his own statement to the media.

Hunter's statement did little to quell anger at the paper. Critics on Twitter quickly found offensive tweets from Aaron Calvin, the reporter who wrote the profile of King. Calvin has since apologized and deleted those tweets. He is now being investigated by his employer.

The story is reminiscent of Ken Bone, who went viral after asking a question during a 2016 presidential debate only to have sexually explicit remarks he made on Reddit dug up by the media. It's also similar to Kyler Murray, the University of Oklahoma quarterback whose winning of the Heisman trophy was marred by USA Today deciding to publish an article on homophobic tweets he made when he was 15.

The fact that both King and the reporter writing about him had offensive tweets in their past should hopefully serve as a lesson: Everyone who's grown up with social media has posted content they regret and that doesn't necessarily reflect on their present-day values or beliefs.  Even progressive New York Times staffers have managed to slip up.

Treating a person's most intemperate tweets as worthy of public shame is an exercise in hypocrisy. What's worse is that we have graduated from using social media history as a way of divining a person's true nature to deploying that history cynically and maliciously, and in this case, to simply including a person's dumbest posts as a matter of routine: "Age, name, dumbest thing they've said online that we can find." Journalists can and should do better.

King's treatment by the Des Moines Register and the subsequent backlash suggest that the world would be a lot better place if we could ignore people's worst online moments, especially if they appear to be artifacts of their immaturity. As the great @alexander_pope might say were he alive today, "2 err is human, 2 forgive divine."

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  1. Were they funny?

    1. Yes, but the monkeys were pretty offended.

    2. I really hate that they never seem to put these “racist” or “offensive” quotes in the damn article. We don’t even get the out of context words to evaluate ourselves. If a major point of controversy in a story is the words a person spoke, then the reader should see them for context to everything else happening around it.

    3. What would be funny is if the ‘reporters’ who out these old tweets were burned alive slowly in fatal car wrecks.

      Hilarity would ensue.

  2. Cancel culture may have finally jumped the shark

    Cancel culture jumped the shark a long time ago. And by the way, the backlash is in full fucking swing.

    1. What backlash? Do you mean other people using cancel culture to cancel people to make a point about how we shouldn’t use cancel culture to cancel people? Because that’s pretty much the only “backlash” I’ve been seeing for the most part.

      1. No, there are an increasing number of comedians who are doing unapologetic routines that are still being excoriated by journalists, but it’s not sticking like it used to.

        And I’m hearing more and more public personalities taking a “don’t apologize” stance.

        1. Overreached they did.

        2. Like I will never apologize for calling a black woman a negress. Of course, there will be anti-fa types, anti-racists, cucks, and scolds who will be offended.

          1. Space Lincoln called Lt. Uhura that on Star Trek. She didn’t seem to be put out by it.

      2. That’s . . . that’s what ‘backlash’ means.

        1. Well, one meaning. The Des Moines Register is experiencing both kinds right now, with some people pointing out repeated examples of the reporter using questionable language and others simply castigating the paper for being so irresponsible and petty.

    2. Jumped the shark?

      It jumped the Milkshake Duck.

    3. The story gets even better. The reporter, Aaron Calvin, is from Iowa but lived in Brooklyn and worked at Buzzfeed.

      I wonder if he was hit by the layoffs and had to move back home to find work. Basically, he’s an illegitimate son of Rev. Arthur L. Hicklib, a resentful little twat who thought he had it made in DA BIG CITY, and ended up right back where he started, so he decided to fuck up someone else’s life to make himself feel better.

      1. I’d love it if Reason would run a full expose’ article on this turd, Aaron Calvin. That’d be rich. I’m ready for these dirt-diggers to be subject to the same kind of graceless scrutiny that they heap on others.

    4. Yes it is. Time to tell those whiny people to buck up.
      When I was a kid if someone said something offensive you got the rhyme about “sticks and stones…” Then we got back to what we are doing. We were more resilient at age 5 than the perpetually offended cancel culture are as adults.

  3. Let he who is grown up as a Puritan, cast the first stone?

    1. If social media had been around in 1977 I’d probably be in Internet Purgatory right now for the things 16-year-old me would have said.

  4. I want to see if you can guess who it is I’m doing an impression of. All right? Let me get into character. You gotta guess who it is, though. Okay, here it goes. Uh, duh. Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life, duh, and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you, and I don’t care when I find out. Could be today, tomorrow, 15, 20 years from now. If I find out, you’re fucking-duh-finished.

    – Trump.

    – Who… Who’s that?

    – Trump

    – Trump.

    That’s YOU! That’s what the audience sounds like to me. That’s why I don’t be coming out doing comedy all the time, ’cause y’all niggas is the worst motherfuckers I’ve ever tried to entertain in my FUCKING life!

    Dave Chappelle, Sticks and Stones

  5. “When asked about the tweets by the Register, King apologized profusely for them, saying they made him “sick” ”

    Then I hope you get eaten.

  6. Hunter’s statement did little to quell anger at the paper. Critics on Twitter quickly found offensive tweets from Aaron Calvin, the reporter who wrote the profile of King. Calvin has since apologized and deleted those tweets. He is now being investigated by his employer.

    Good. Scorched earth.

    1. He probably figured everyone is doing it [holding everyone to blame for any thing they ever said or did in the entire life] so he should too. Guy comes out and does something good? Not so fast there sparky, there’s a little matter of what you tweeted [or wrote in a year book] when you were in high school…

      1. Or a slang word you used in a 1980s highschool yearbook that meant one thing then, but acquired a different meaning about 1999-2000 that shows up on Urban Dictionary searches today.

        1. “Sloppy blow job?”

        2. Well the progs seem not to understand language evolves. I was reading one of those stupid millennial list on troubling ads from the past or such. You know the kind that come up with 25 reasons “Friends” was the worst show ever (come on Jennifer Anniston nipping the whole series, how bad could it have been, right)? Anyhow they were trying to say an old cigarette ad was homophobic because the tag line was “Why don’t you light up a day?”

          1. “Don we now our gay apparel”

    2. This is the reality they created. Let them live and suffer in it, too.

      1. Notice how the newspaper considers the Calvin situation an “internal issue” and doesn’t want to comment on it?

        1. Of course. How dare they held to the same standards they’re holding everyone else to.

      2. It’s the only way they’ll learn and you know they won’t they’ll just get better at hiding.

    3. But, Reasonoids would be dismayed he is being held to the same standards he holds everyone else

      1. If they were, it would be because they’re dismayed by the standard in the first place, and willing to say no one should be held to it, rather than getting excited about owning the libs and forgetting to criticize bullshit when it’s steaming in front of them.

  7. “In writing up this feel-good story, however, the Register decided to do some digging on King”

    Why? Why would you possibly need to do digging on such an inconsequential story? And why would that digging include looking at someone’s high school tweets?

    1. The goal is to unearth counterrevolutionary activity. That’s always the goal.

      1. Another goal is to do it before the competing news outlet gets the story, runs with it, and gets clicks/ad views/ratings.

        It’s a good thing chat transcripts from online gaming aren’t readily discoverable.

        1. Reason commentary?

          1. Old Hotmail chatrooms.

    2. This guy’s friends should find the reporter and kick the shit out of him.

      Now THAT would be a ‘feel good’ story. Bitch ass progtard punks need beatings.

    3. He’s probably Christian. All media are anti-Christian. All.

  8. This is what the progressives call “progress”, I guess: a world where one minor sin destroys you for life, and there is absolutely no redemption possible.

    1. It’s like a terror tactic; “show me the man…”

      1. That”s sexist!!! Women can be counterrevolutionaries too!!!

        1. What about non-binaries you gender-phobic fuck?

          1. Hey, I’m trinary, I can be as counterrevo-whatever as any of you!

    2. “a world where one minor sin destroys you for life, and there is absolutely no redemption possible.”

      Says the people who don’t want employers to be able to ask ex-cons about their record (Ban the Box) because they believe strongly that a person should be, um, well, judged by how they’ve, uh, changed for the better?

      1. Reason loves to bash the cancel culture, yet every single day they attempt the same exact tactics against Trump.

      2. Murder is not nearly as bad as a means tweet.

    3. Unless you’re Justin Trudeau… That’s one photogenic negro…

        1. Should that be negrix, in this post gender world?

          1. They be negrix?

          2. It’s spelled “negrx”. If you can’t figure out how to pronounce it, you’re probably a racist. Or a sexist. Definitely at least one of those.

    4. Modern Progressivism is basically 19th-Century Calvinism with all that God and Jesus stuff stripped away.

      1. …with all that God and Jesus stuff stripped away.

        Not stripped away, rather substituted with environmentalism, equality of outcomes, and whatever other trendy social justice cause can be used to bludgeon their enemies.

        Environmentalism is a religion, and carbon taxes are indulgences.

      2. If you include Jesus you have to leave open a path to forgiveness.

    5. While simultaneously whining that ex-cons don’t get a fair shake in society and we need to reform it.

      It’s almost like they don’t have a consistent ideology and are just emoting through things on a case-by-case basis.

      1. People who tweet wrongthink don’t usually vote D. Ex-cons usually do. That’s all the consistency their ideology needs.

      2. Their ideology is very consistent:

        “EVERYTHING IS SO TERRIBLE AND UNFAIR!!!!!!”

        If you are happy, and not consumed with guilt or grievance they have no use for you.

  9. The solution is not to let sleeping tweets lie. We must accept that it’s perfectly acceptable to make obnoxious jokes and comments.

    So can we hear Carson’s jokes or what?

    1. “So can we hear Carson’s jokes or what?”

      It was so cold
      *how cold was it?*
      It was so cold, the politicians had their hands in their own pockets

      1. SEE??? A perfect example of hatred for politicians. That kind of bigotry has been replaced by the guiding hand of social justice.

        Welcome to the revolution.

      2. With a name like Carson, how funny could he be?

        1. Estate of Johnny on line 2…

  10. So they can go fuck themselves and he keeps the $1M.

    Cancel that, bitch.

    1. Not a bad solution.

  11. Anyone else thinking that the guy should have asked for a better beer than Busch Light? Maybe it’s just me.

      1. White Claw or GTFO

    1. People who buy ‘better’ beer are not the sort to ‘reward’ his behavior. The reality is that it truly is the hoi polloi who were generous, and enable him to make his gift. Which is no doubt what attracted some of the ‘journalistic’ ire.

      So, ironically, had instead appealed to a more ‘tasteful’ (and up market) crowd he wouldn’t have received the massive response, would have stayed below the thought (and class) police’s radar, and likely would have ended up personally better off.

      1. Frackers and Crackers will win the day.

        1. There was a time when the ‘upper’ class knew the precarious nature of their place (e.g. Grenier’s adage about sound sleep and rough men), which explained much of the old ways of reticence and politeness.

          Forgotten lessons have a way of coming back to bite you.

    2. obviously you have not been to Iowa, where champagne is spelled Busch Light.

      1. In their defense, it’s one of many beers on tap at any gas station.

        1. the convenience stores are called Kum and Go. fact. i can’t even.

          1. I used to live nearby, just outside of Omaha. That is definitely an actual chain out there, but some of the independent Iowan ones are even funnier.

          2. Wait, we’re not doing phrasing anymore?

    3. Bush Light Oktoberfest?

  12. I remember a scifi story where someone invented a device which made everyone’s thoughts public. Don’t remember more than that — name, author, plot, outcome,even when I read it.

    Society will adjust. It just hasn’t yet. Probably take a generation or two.

      1. What’s funny about those slogans is they really don’t believe in any substance of those things. They just believe in the slogans.

        1. They 100% don’t believe Kindness is Everything.

          1. Kindness is Everything– as long as you’re faithful to Our Tribe Only.

      2. What the … what the hell was that?

        1. It’s a version of the lawn sign you see in front of every 10th house or so around these parts.

        2. Where do you live that youve never had to see one of those r-slurd ass signs? Cause I want to move there.

          There is another version that has some similar message in four languages, all too small to read from the street.

          1. I live in suburban Atlanta and no one around here has that kind of bullshit sign up.

      3. I’m guessing the ‘wawh’ in The WAWH Shop is pronounwah.

    1. The device is called “Twitter”.

    2. Probably not what you meant, but this is close (From Douglas Adams Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy):

      The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centers of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

      Meanwhile, the poor Babel fish, by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation.

  13. How about we get to see the actual text and decide for ourselves if they are in fact ‘offensive’

    Considering what passes for ‘offensive’ these days, for all I know it could have been that Coke > Pepsi, and some Pepsi loving snowflake felt unsafe after reading it.

    1. Even if they were, he made them when he was 16 years old. Why does doing a good deed for a children’s hospital open up his entire life to scrutiny?

      1. Private charity is not to be trusted.

        1. Yes. And someone with “bad character” can never be seen to do good. One of the fundemental beliefs of Marxism is that a person’s character is not only totally defined by their politics and economic class but also that it is either entirely good or entirely bad. Marxism totally rejects the western and Christian idea that everyone is flawed and that a person can be flawed in one way but capable of doing great things in other areas. To a Marxist, you are either entirely good or entirely bad depending on your politics and class. So, the charity that this guy provided is not charity at all. It is something to be rejected because it came from someone of bad character.

          1. “One acts decisively only in the conviction that all angels are on one side and all the devils on the other. A leader may struggle toward a decision which is 52% positive and 48% negative, but once the decision is reached he must assume that his cause is 100% positive and the opposition 100% negative. Many liberals, during our attack on the then-school superintendent, were pointing out that after all he wasn’t a 100% devil, he was a regular churchgoer, he was a good family man, and he was generous in his contributions to charity. Can you imagine in the arena of conflict charging that so-and-so is a racist bastard and then diluting the impact of the attack with qualifying remarks such as “He is a good churchgoing man, generous to charity, and a good husband”? This becomes political idiocy.”
            S. Alinksky, Rules for Radicals

            1. This is the ideology the New Left adopted and spread throughout the educational system.

          2. Yes. And someone with “bad character” can never be seen to do good.

            It’s worse than that. It’s that people with good character must be destroyed if they’ve ever done anything bad. Ever.

        2. Private charity is not to be trusted.

          But the Government is. How dare he try to take away the Government’s job from it.

      2. John, do you think he received any advice to not apologize and to play it like Trump?

        Yes, it is easy to play Monday morning Pat Mahomes (who is looking might good thus far), but if I had had an opportunity to counsel him, I would have advised against apologizing.

        1. I would have told them to fuck off. But you and I are both a bit nuts. This poor guy probably just wanted the whole thing to be over and took what he understandably saw as the easy way out. I can’t blame him.

        2. And Mahomes is beyond incredible. Tell the people up in Boston to enjoy the limited time they have left to credibly call Tom Brady the greatest of all time because Mahomes if he stays healthy is going to be beyond doubt the best ever before too long.

          1. Get back to me when he has 33 percent of Aikman’s rings.

            1. LOL that was a great response from Aikman.

            2. So, in February then.

              1. still the Chefs, dude and it’s not 1966

                1. Keep telling yourself that pal.

                  1. Two words: Andy Reid.

                2. Someone else remembers that commercial! Good one.

          2. Mahomes may be one of the reasons that Belichick snatched Antonio Brown five minutes after the Raiders had released him.

            Notwithstanding all of his “on to Cincinnati” and focus on this week’s opponent, do you honestly believe that he is not a long-term thinker? That he doesn’t have the long view in mind?

            He probably reasons that in order to put the Patriots in the best position to to beat K.C. this year, he needs his offense to have as many weapons as possible – even with their defense playing so well. This is why, from a pure football perspective, acquiring AB was a no-brainer.

            I don’t think that it was Belichick’s decision to release AB. It was Robert Kraft.

            Mahomes, right now, is better than Brady.

            1. Bellichick is smart enough to understand that he is not stopping Mahomes and knows the only way to beat Kansas City is to outscore them. Mahomes torched New England twice last year. Belichick knows he will do the same this year. And I also think Belichick realizes that it is KC and New England in the AFC. No one else is even close.

              1. KC’s Super Bowl win last year was awesome!

            2. >>Mahomes, right now, is better than Brady.

              hand’s a lot lighter fer sure…

        3. Patty mahomes will be eaten alive by the motor city kitties on Sunday!

          Haha. Just kidding. He’s great.

      3. Besides which, he’s from Iowa. He’s never actually seen a real, live black person and has no idea what “racist” even means.

  14. This isn’t an example of the cancel culture. This is an example of how morally loathsome the media is. Who sees a feel good story about a guy who raises a million dollars for a children’s hospital and thinks “has this guy been vetted and why hasn’t his social media been checked for any offensive thoughts?”? A journalist, that is who.

    You cannot overstate what a bunch of disgusting warped people most journalists are. The fact that they did this has nothing to do with the cancel culture. It is about the outright hatred most journalists have for the rest of the world. Arron Calvin saw that guy and immediately hated his guts for the crime of being a white guy from Iowa and went out looking for a way to destroy him and humiliate him.

    Trump was right. The media is the enemy of the people. The media actively tries to harm and destroy members of the public every chance they get. That is what this is about not the cancel culture.

    1. Another explanation is that modern “journalists” are so utterly intellectually impoverished that they cannot imagine anything outside of identity politics. No issue is too large, too small, or too irrelevant–every story must include an intersectional angle, because what else is there?

      I was going back and forth in my mind between this explanation and yours, but then I realized: why not both?

      1. It is both. According to Calvin and his ilk, if this guy ever committed any act of wrong think, he should be humiliated for it and he has no right to even do an act of charity in the public eye. It is sick and depraved but that is how they are.

    2. It is about the outright hatred most journalists have for the rest of the world. Arron Calvin saw that guy and immediately hated his guts for the crime of being a white guy from Iowa and went out looking for a way to destroy him and humiliate him.

      I can’t help but think that there is also some really deep self-loathing at play too. These guys constantly tell themselves and the world that they are the “good guys,” and seeing genuine acts of charity must really upset them. There must be something wrong with this guy! He looks better than me!

      1. “These guys constantly tell themselves and the world that they are the “good guys,” and seeing genuine acts of charity must really upset them. “

        Probably why they get along with politicians like they do.

      2. plus the reporter had his own questionable tweets, it turns out

      3. “I can’t help but think that there is also some really deep self-loathing at play too”

        Welcome to progressivism

    3. It’s both. It’s Journalism’s seemingly innate instinct to destroy people by using the weapon that is cancel culture. Cancel culture has been around in journalism for a very long time, but we didn’t call it that previously.

      Remember Joe The Plumber? Yeah. Someone dared to question the King’s policy and Journalism’s first instinct was to dig through his medical and financial history. So much for Truth to Power.

      1. This is much worse than Joe the Plumber. This guy didn’t even do anything political. They tried to destroy him for the crime of even coming into the public eye.

        1. I’m not saying it’s better or worse than Joe the Plumber. I’m merely saying that there seems to be an innate desire to do this to people., no matter how small they are.

      2. So much for Truth to Power.

        The idea that 99% of journalists are anything but propagandists is a complete joke.

    4. This is an example of how morally loathsome the media is. Who sees a feel good story about a guy who raises a million dollars for a children’s hospital and thinks “has this guy been vetted and why hasn’t his social media been checked for any offensive thoughts?”? A journalist, that is who.

      Same shit happened with Memories Pizza. Some loathsome “journalist” looked high and low for a wrongthinking business she could smear, even though no one in a million years would serve fucking pizza at their wedding.

      One of these days, these people are going to target someone with nothing more to lose, and it will not end well.

      1. I think you are correct. And when that happens, it will be everyone’s fault but the media’s. They are just loathsome.

      2. One of these days, these people are going to target someone with nothing more to lose, and it will not end well.

        No reason that Charlie Hebdo can’t happen here. Despite the comment made by Trump about the media, I don’t see a Trump-inspired movement appearing to make the media targets. Trump gets removed, some way, some how? Trump’s successor may not be as forgiving.

        The increasingly marginalized lower and middle class in America, should some of them actually get more violent in the near future, probably can’t reach politicians. The US has not quite 20 years experience safeguarding government officials in a pervasively violent environment. Friends of politicians though? Loudmouths on Twitter? Most of them are a lot easier to reach. And just about as hated.

        Thomas D’s quote from upthread seems worth repeating:

        There was a time when the ‘upper’ class knew the precarious nature of their place (e.g. Grenier’s adage about sound sleep and rough men), which explained much of the old ways of reticence and politeness.

        1. In most of the world being a journalist can be a pretty dangerous profession. You want to deal with media bias? Shoot four or five of the right ones and the rest will fall in line. Oh, they will scream and cry about how they won’t be deterred and stand for freedom. But when it comes down to it, they don’t want to die to prove a point anymore than anyone else does.

          It amazes me how they can be so stupid and arrogant not to realize how precarious their position really is.

          1. In most of the world being a journalist can be a pretty dangerous profession. You want to deal with media bias? Shoot four or five of the right ones and the rest will fall in line.

            Works in Mexico and Russia. Only took a few hundred of them getting shot or blown up, or just disappearing, for the rest to get the message.

          2. None of these guys is actually okay with being a martyr for their principles–they’re only doing it out of sheer spite and because they don’t anticipate a real, actual backlash.

            The ones who deliberately go into active war zones to do reporting, at least they’re putting their lives on the line, even if indirectly. Andy Ngo has more balls than any woke-bait bobblehead, because he knows his well-being and life are in legitimate danger every time he records Antifans doing their jackboot thing.

            These guys whining at Trump rallies about feeling “unsafe” are some of the most passive-aggressive blobfish ever.

      3. One of these days, these people are going to target someone with nothing more to lose, and it will not end well.

        There’s an alternative ending that doesn’t end well. One where a journalist or news outlet knows about racist tweets and goes with the uplifting story anyway; giving them the Mjolnir of moral righteousness to drop on their unwitting detractors.

        “Yeah, we knew he made two racist tweets two years ago. We felt it was more important to focus on the charity and getting the message about giving out to a wider audience.”

        Of course, once power or discretion like that has been wielded only the most principled of adults keeps themselves in check rather than succumbing to a feedback loop that has you celebrating the actions of Jim Jones or Joseph McCarthy.

      4. And when that day comes, they better hope I’m not on the jury, because the only trial outcome will be not guilty or a hung jury.

  15. Hopefully, this will lead lots of kids and adults to cancel their Twitter accounts.

  16. Even progressive New York Times staffers have managed to slip up.

    EVEN them huh, as if they are somehow less likely than others? It seems to be an article of faith at Reason that the test of whether actions should not count against a person is whether left wingers do it or not. Welch did the same in his NYC school article among other instances.

    This seems just another way Reasonoids accept and reinforce the left’s undeserved brand which furthers their moral preening and bullying.

    1. Yeah. See Robby Soave and his endless parade of “to be sure…” throat clearing. Every bad thing the left does is either an honest mistake or the result of a few bad actors who got a little out of control and is never worse than what the Right does. At worst, it is the same. False equivalence is one of reason’s favorite tactics.

      1. Robby is a different cat when he’s on Tucker.

        1. Really? I never watch that show. I didn’t even know he was on there. What is he like?

          1. Robby’s spots on Tucker generally relate to the latest iteration of progressive campus craziness. The opinions he expresses align with Tucker’s view of the subject without the “to be sures” and false equivalences.

            Seeing him on Tucker, you would think his free speech views were as robust and as dismissive of hate speech as those of Rothbard or Rockwell.

            1. A white american progressive is a spineless coward, imagine that.

    2. I caught that too. But then I remembered Gillespie still gets paid by this outfit.

  17. The important thing is, the story is now the tweets and not $1,000,000 raised for children with cancer.

    1. That and another chunk taken out of the media’s credibility.

      1. The lesson is, delete your twitter account now, because deleting tweets after you get famous is… touchy business- especially when that fame was unexpected.

        1. Isn’t there still archive.org?

          1. Yeah, but it was geared to a more pre-section 230, web 1.0, website-based internet rather than a post-section 230, web 2.0, social media internet. Individual twitter streams aren’t knowingly logged unless someone specifically prompts it.

            1. Yeah, I’ve noticed that. The good old web 1.0 and even 2.0 stuff was easily archived, but once flash came in and now the dynamism that exists in websites– doesn’t work so well.

              1. You may want to check that again. I don’t have a twitter, but I just checked my buddy’s and he is an absolute nobody. It’s all there. Going back to 2008 when he started it.

          2. There is but at least you’re making people work for it. And B., if you do have a twitter account for the love of fuck sakes, don’t put your real name on it.

            1. Exactly why I’ve used my online alias since 1990.

    2. I say after this he should just keep the money for his troubles and say the Des Moines Register should donate what he was originally intending to.

      1. Screw that, I’d use the money to pay people to, within the bounds of the law, ruin Aaron Calvin and everyone who worked for the Register…

  18. Why does Trudeau get a pass for dressing up in blackface but people don’t get a pass for questionable tweets they made as a kid?

    1. And the governor of Virginia calling himself “coonman” and dressing up in a klan outfit. Don’t forget Governor Coonman.

      1. I guess black people like Justin Trudeau and Gov. Coonman always get a pass for these sorts of things.

        1. Late Night with Black Trudeau and Coonman would be something I’d stay up to watch. I’m sure they’re thinking about it once they step out of office.

          1. “Coon and friends”!

            1. All the guests have to wear blackface. It winds up becoming such a boost to your career to appear actors and actresses begrudgingly comply. Honest interviews with guests visibly displaying discomfort. Mel Gibson appears to be relaxed.

  19. So the Des Moines Register is opposed to donations to children??!!
    So their staff (who are most definitely NOT joiurnalists) are opposed to healing children??!!
    OK you people in Des Moines, start canceling your subscriptions, or I will start publicizing YOUR hatred of children. And I bet there is at least one minority in that hospital. BIGOTS!

    1. Personally I think punches in the nose are warranted.

      But I’m more of a lapsed libertarian than an Easter Worshipper.

  20. Anheuser-Busch even said they’d gift King a year’s supply of beer…

    HASN’T HE BEEN PUNISHED ENOUGH?

    1. He showed them the 5 cans he had left out of the 6-pack and told them, “No thanks, I already have a lifetime supply.”

    2. I know! Right? LOL.

        1. When they’re dug up in 10 years I hope these two blog comments get you canceled.

        2. https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/29/2186/
          This one tastes great after you drink the first 20 ounces of it.

  21. Just cannot imagine why people hate journalists.

    It’s a mystery.

    Riddle.

    Wrapped in an enigma.

    1. If you can’t destroy the little guy, who can you destroy?

  22. Here is how it should have read:
    “When asked about the tweets by the Register, King stood his ground profusely for them, saying they made him “laugh” and “I think you should kill yourself for being such a faggot.”

    Then if the charity doesn’t want to take his money anymore he’s now rich as fuck.

  23. “Journalist Digs Up Offensive Tweets He Made at Age 16”

    In fairness, journalists are emotionally still at the level of 16 year olds, so they think everyone else is too

  24. “Why do people hate us so much?” — The US Media.

    1. It is a mystery. It must be Trump tweeting mean things about them or something.

  25. In response to these criticisms, the Des Moines Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter published an absolutely infuriating statement in which she described editors wrestling with whether to ignore the tweets, given King’s age at the time and apparent remorse, or go ahead and risk ruining his life by publishing descriptions of them. They went with the latter option.

    Please tell me that someone surreptitiously video’d that meeting on a cell phone and will post it in the coming 24 hours.

    1. “Please tell me that someone surreptitiously video’d that meeting on a cell phone and will post it in the coming 24 hours.”

      Not likely since the person that filmed it called someone gay on the computer 12 years ago and is now worried about drawing attention to themselves.

      1. gay on the computer

        My new synthpop band.

        1. I expect 15% of the royalties.

      2. On the internet, no one knows you’re not gay.

        1. Those that don’t have their pronouns in their twitter bio are the ones that aren’t gay. Some will have their pronouns and claim they’re not gay and just an ally, but don’t believe it. Their nights are spent licking hairy armpits while wearing leather harnesses and listening to showtunes.

    2. The question I want answered is why they thought it was necessary to go and find the tweets in the first place. Why did they think there would ever be anything there that was newsworthy?

      1. newsworthy? someone got press! search and destroy.

      2. Because it was a big news story in the first place and they wanted to cash in on the clicks for themselves.
        Isn’t this the point where we assemble an army to go after their advertisers and then boycott USA Today for having them in their network? I thought the woke crowd said we are supposed to do those things.

        1. Yeah. I think infecting their system with ransomware so they can’t get the paper out would be more poetic.

          1. Haha. No need. Their paper sucks. It’ll go away on its own.

      3. Or they got a hot tip from a jilted ex

  26. we have graduated from using social media history as a way of divining a person’s true nature to deploying that history cynically and maliciously

    A distinction without a difference.

  27. I tell the fools who use Social Media bullshit that they will regret it years down the line. Eventually things that are accepted today will become ammo to be used against you in the future when identity PC groups determine it is not acceptable.

  28. …and if you think what he said when he was 16 years old, just wait until you find out what he said when he was three years old!

    1. Probably kicked his day-care teacher. Vicious domestic abuser!

  29. “… using social media history as a way of divining a person’s true nature …”

    Social media posings are often BS and tell you nothing accurate.

  30. Remember shuttle jokes? Those were a reaction to excessive public bawling–and they didn’t even come out in National Lampoon! They were in some political mag.

    1. What does NASA stand for? Need another seven astronauts.

  31. If you weren’t saying something horribly offensive, or downright stupid, as a teenager you weren’t trying. Maybe expand the age range from first learning to speak to 20—and if under the influence, any age.

    1. I don’t think I fully had my shit together until I was in my early 30’s. I’d say everyone under 30 is an idiot and gets a pass.

      1. I’m still immature well into my 40s and they people like Hunter can straight off lick my asshole.

  32. I honestly kind of feel bad for the post-internet generation. Can you imagine what digging up tweets from anyone that was a teen in the 1950’s would sound like if we dug them up today?

    1. “was a teen in the 1950’s”
      Posts would be about segregation. The left is cool with that again.

  33. Erm. What exactly is going on at the NYT? They hired racist Jeong. They had that other guy I forget his name and his Jew jokes. There was the editor Dao making an editor disaster of an article. There’s this girl cited in the article and this one:

    https://twitter.com/jazzedloon/status/610079017862045698?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E610079017862045698&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Fthe-media%2F2019%2F09%2F22%2Fanother-new-york-times-editor-made-racist-anti-semitic-comments%2F

    And they have the balls to say Fox is ‘fake’?

    The New York Times is pure garbage.

  34. “In response to these criticisms, the Des Moines Register Executive Editor Carol Hunter published an absolutely infuriating statement in which she described editors wrestling with whether to ignore the tweets, given King’s age at the time and apparent remorse, or go ahead and risk ruining his life by publishing descriptions of them. They went with the latter option. Hunter’s statement makes clear that this decision to publish the tweets was made prior to King releasing his own statement to the media.”

    The media and Democrats are enemy of the people.

    Change my mind.

  35. I know I am asking the wrong crowd, but why do people post things on the internet while using their real name?

    1. Bubba Jones ain’t your real name?

      I’d use a fake name if my real one wasn’t so cool.

      Haha.

  36. “Anheuser-Busch even said they’d gift King a year’s supply of beer, making him an Iowa legend. ”

    The company must have a legal team on permanent standby, costing it millions. What the two bit local paper dug up, they should have been able to dig up before entering into an ultimately damaging relationship with him.

    1. Get real. AB damaged their reputation by immediately cowering and cutting ties with the guy. What the local rag dug up is a deeper hole for the reputation of journalism.

      1. AB could have avoided the whole kerfuffle if their team had half the gumption of the local rag.

  37. Learn to code, you clickbait bitch. I’d have liked to have been in the bunker meeting after twat’s tweets surfaced.

  38. Say and do as you please, fuck what anybody else thinks. I do make a little mental note everytime some company decides to signal it’s “wokeness”. I adjust my spending accordingly.

  39. I’d boycott AB for their cravenness in this case, but it’s hard to boycott something you already aren’t buying and never would buy.

  40. Its about time regular people started going after the media on this kind of nonsense. We really need to make sure “journalists” that do this kind of stuff have it backfire on them so they have trouble working in the field. I don’t mind if they find new lines of work, but they clearly can’t handle the responsibility of reporting to the public.

    1. “Its about time regular people started going after the media on this kind of nonsense.”

      Thankfully the “Punch a Journalist” shirts will be in by the end of next week. Even have them in toddler sizes. The end goal is to make them feel afraid to write a story about anyone.
      For how much these journalists are making for ruining lives they could just work at Trader Joe’s and make more. That’s the sad part about this. The people writing these stories are doing it for chump change.

      1. I don’t agree with punching anyone over this — I think that ridicule is much more effective and will minimize the amount of sympathy for these evil people. The fact that these journalists work for chump change makes me think that most of them come from fairly well-off families and have a safety net if things don’t work out. Hence the extreme disdain for the poor, average people and the economically well-off (their parents). They hate everything because they’ve never had to do an honest day’s work in their lives. They haven’t had to earn anything so they can’t appreciate anything. The few journalists that have had to earn their way into that Whitehouse correspondent’s job or whatever did it by writing about their hatred and generating clicks for their employer, so they just end up being the worst of the worst anyway.

        Journalists just don’t understand they have a limited amount of capital with the public. They mistakenly assume that they have unlimited capital because our society believes in freedom of the press. That’s a huge mistake. The public only belives in the freedom of the press as long as the press defends the little guy (which is what most readers precieve themselves as). Once journalists started coming out en masse against the little guy in favor of the powerful and well-educated, people started turning against them as an appropriate response.

        1. Of course no one deserves punched. It’s a jab at how a few years ago they ran with the Punch a Nazi thing.
          A lot of them went to college and as a result will take any job they can get which means there is no need to pay good money for good journalists seeing as these stories only matter for 24 hours now. Their job is to churn out as many stories as possible to get the clicks. The more sensational or the more outrage means the more clicks which makes their bosses happy.
          It really isn’t journalism anymore. It’s just finding a way to get people to click and share no matter what it entails.

  41. The tweets that Carson King had were quotes from the TV show Tosh.0 and the tweets that Aaron Calvin had were just straight up homophobic and a couple racist ones for good measure. As of this time the Des Moines Register hasn’t done anything about the reporter. I live in Iowa and it is pretty much all anyone is talking about here. The Des Moines Register had about 146,000 “likes” on their Facebook page when the story broke and now they are at roughly 130,000 and folks in the state have been cancelling their subscriptions to the paper like crazy statewide. Love it!

    1. That’s good news. I hope other journalists take note.

      1. Hopeful, but doubtful. they are a highly delusional lot. To be sure other journalists look at this episode and think “man, I’m glad people don’t think I’m like that.”

        Except we do. And rightly so. You are like that because they call themselves journalists, and you call yourself journalists, but not a one of you does anything to
        adequately distinguish yourself from the lot.

        I mean, sure there are decent, honest used car salesmen out there, but who really gives a fuck.

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  46. He was 16 freaking years old.
    What is wrong with these morons?

  47. It seems like he is coming out of this unscathed, and the righteous indignation of the nation has turned on the Des Moines Register and Anheuser-Busch (the rightful targets) instead. It will be interesting to see if this is a one-off moment of clarity or the beginning of the end of the cancel culture.

    1. Twitter has pointed out in Anheuser-Busch’s past some rather racist ads by today’s standards. It was delicious.

  48. The paper has parted ways with the reporter and everything is made right, apparently. Job: WELL DONE.

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