September 28, 2019
In this September 25 picture, the Governor of Iowa, Kim Reynolds, holds up a proclamation declaring September 28 “Carson King Day,” so much help did he give to cancer children.
I’m tired of saying “oh well after this, things are going to be different” in relation to anything that happens. Because I’m not really seeing anything getting different, ever.
I think journalists will keep digging up things people said when they were teenagers, people will keep getting fired for it, and occasionally the journalist will suffer the same fate.
But at least it’s funny.
When a Des Moines Register reporter on Tuesday helped expose racist tweets posted years ago by a local man who used his viral Internet fame to raise millions for a children’s hospital, it inspired a vicious backlash against “cancel culture” — and the reporter himself, who critics soon found had his own history of offensive posts.
The Register announced late Thursday that the reporter, Aaron Calvin, no longer works for the newspaper. The move comes as the Register has hired extra security under a deluge of threats from people furious about its decision to pursue the story.
Carol Hunter, the Register’s executive editor, announced Thursday that, after the backlash, the newspaper was reexamining both its procedures for reviewing employees’ social media accounts and its internal policies for how to report on the backgrounds of profile subjects.
“We’re revising our policies and practices, including those that did not uncover our own reporter’s past inappropriate social media postings,” she wrote in a column. “We took appropriate action because there is nothing more important in journalism than having readers’ trust.”
The case revolved around Carson King, a 24-year-old casino security guard who gained unexpected fame after he appeared in the background of ESPN’s “College GameDay” on Sept. 14 holding a sign requesting donations for his “Busch Light Supply.” When strangers quickly sent him more than $600 on Venmo, he decided instead to donate the money to a local children’s hospital. Soon, Anheuser-Busch and Venmo announced matching donations as his fundraising topped $1 million.
That’s when the Register began working on a profile, and Calvin learned of two racist tweets King had sent when he was 16 years old. Before the newspaper could publish its profile, though, King held a news conference Tuesday evening apologizing for the racist jokes and revealing that Anheuser-Busch had cut ties with him. King said Calvin had brought the tweets to his attention, though he said he didn’t blame the newspaper.
Online vitriol quickly built against both the Register and Calvin on Tuesday evening, even before the Register published its largely positive profile of King. Critics upset with Calvin for surfacing the old tweets dug into the reporter’s own timeline and found troubling posts that mocked same-sex marriage, made light of abuse against women and used a racial slur.
Calvin began deleting the old tweets Tuesday evening and then apologized.
“Hey just wanted to say that I have deleted previous tweets that have been inappropriate or insensitive,” he wrote in a tweet that has since been erased. “I apologize for not holding myself to the same high standards as the Register holds others.”
The beer boy was a total bro, even if caring about children with cancer is a little bit faggy (just let them die, stop experimenting on them, they’re going to die anyway, all these “treatments” do is bring misery upon them and their families).
The journalist looks like a huge faggot, but I understand that is just what most people in American cities look like these days.
What a smug little bitch ass faggot.
Look at him here.
I wonder how long before he can get another job?
If you see that faggot in public, scream at him that he’s a racist and that you disavow him. Pull out your cellphone and start filming him, and tell other people you see in public that he’s a racist. Then he will start crying and you can upload it to the internet.