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September 25, 2019
WATCH: Man Raises $1 Million for Charity, Media Ruins It Over Old Tweets
If reporters ever wonder why so many people hate them and think they suck at life, I give you Exhibit Q. Carson King managed to turn a gag sign asking for beer money during ESPN Game Day into an over $1 million donation to charity. With the help of Anheuser-Busch and Venmo. It was a happy feel-good story. That, of course, the Des Moines Register ruined by digging up two tweets from when King was 16.
Carson King, who has helped raise over $1 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, has apologized after a controversial tweet of his from 2011 was discovered.
King said a reporter for the Des Moines Register first called attention to the tweet, which referenced a racially-charged segment on the television show Tosh.0.
King, who was 16 years old at the time, called the tweet "hurtful and embarrassing." He said he doesn't want it to take away from all the good the donations can do for the kids at the children's hospital.
Here is the Register's excuse. A "routine background check" for some random guy who raised a lot of money thanks to a random sign led to the newspaper in Iowa digging through that guy's entire social media history.
A statement from our editor: https://t.co/ZH9AhcrYbg— Des Moines Register (@Des Moines Register) 1569383316.0
Side note: Hasn't the media told us that 16-year olds are off limits? The rules get confusing (see If You Support Greta Thunberg’s Exploitation, You’re a Monster and Nicholas Sandmann’s Lawyers Release Powerful Video Targeting Media Who Targeted Sandmann). Especially when the reporter in question has offensive tweets of his own. Which, if the Des Moines Register doesn't fire him, that obviously means they condone everything he's ever said. I don't make the rules.
People seem to think the dislike and distrust of the media started the day Trump first tweeted the words "fake" and "news." Truthfully, it's been slowly burning for decades. With constant buckets of kerosene added to it ever since #WhenDoesJustineLand first trended. No one in the media ever self-reflects long enough to take a look in the mirror and say, "Maybe it's us?"
EXIT QUESTION: Because I've been looking, has any reporter actually presented any argument why teenagers' tweets are relevant to a story about a man raising OVER A MILLION DOLLARS FOR A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL as an adult?
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