Everybody’s Canceled

Guy in Des Moines – Carson King – becomes famous for photobombing ESPN broadcasts with a “Send Me Beer Money” sign.

King turns that fame into $2 Million in donations for Iowa Childrens Hospital (less one, and only one, case of beer). Anheuser Busch matched the donations, turning the photobomb prank into a bonanza for the hospital.

Des Moines Register reporter writes profile on King. Can’t resist pointing out in the largely-laudatory profile that King wrote an objectionable tweet – a quote from the “Comedy” Central show “Tosh.0”, which is a laboratory of objectionability.

When he was 16 years old.

Anheuser Busch severs ties with King.

Public reaction explodes.

The Des Moines Register’s editor laboriously disclaims any responsibility for her and her fellow “gatekeepers'” malfeasance:

Some of you wonder why journalists think it’s necessary to look into someone’s past. It’s essential because readers depend on us to tell a complete story…In doing backgrounding for such a story, reporters talk to family, friends, colleagues or professors. We check court and arrest records as well as other pertinent public records, including social media activity. The process helps us to understand the whole person…As journalists, we have the obligation to look into matters completely, to aid the public in understanding the people we write about and in some cases to whom money is donated.

And she’s not wrong, per se; exposing scammers is the sort of thing we used to depend on the mainstream media to do.

There have been numerous cases nationally of fundraising for a person experiencing a tragedy that was revealed as a scam after media investigated the backgrounds of the organizer or purported victim.

Right.

Thing is, they found no scam. They found a sixteen year old, being a sixteen year old, quoting from a show designed for sixteen year olds, when he was sixteen. I’m gonna go out on the limb and guess the Register’s “editor” is a child-free cat lady who whose only contact with teenagers is at the drive-through at Starbucks.

And according to the Today show report on the story over the weekend, the DMR’s editorial staff when back and forth and back again, trying to decide – as a group of “gatekeepers! – whether or not to run the irrelevant, aged-out non-episode episode, before deciding, in effect, to doxx King.

Meg Fox at PJmedia isn’t buying it, either:

This is nonsense. And no one is satisfied. Readers do NOT depend on newspapers to ruin our neighbors’ lives with their intrusive doxxing. That is exactly what everyone hates about the media. Remember Don Henley’s song? “Kick ’em when they’re up, kick ’em when they’re down…we want dirty laundry.” That wasn’t a love ballad. It was a scathing review of the way the average person sees the news media, gleefully reporting murder and mayhem and doxxing people and destroying reputations. It’s not supposed to be your theme song, Ms. Hunter.

Side note to Megan Fox: listen to NPR/WNYC’s weekly show, “On The Media”, a show that serves as the exposed public id of the “elite” media, if you want to feel really depressed about the state of the institution that’s supposed to hold government accountable – but mostly just badgers people like Carson King. The problem isn’t that they do things like this public reputational lynching; the problem is that they have developed an institutional justification for it that’d do the debates at the medieval papal Curia proud.

Anyway – after all of that, it turned out that the Register reporter, Aaron Calvin, had a bit of a history himself, with a Twitter feed full of William Davis-level tasteless. The Register fired Calvin earlier this week – a fall he deserved to take, but in a just world he’s have taken every editor involved in this travesty down with him as well.

So – a non-scam fundraiser for a noble cause was, if not canceled, at least sidetracked (King is showing admirable pluck in the face of the reputational lynching, vowing to carry on; I suspect it’ll work). The “reporter” is canceled, for now – although he’ll be back; I wouldn’t rule out the City Pages, and I’m only joking a little.

Everything’s canceled but the idiot editors – serial informational predators, who will all just to on to “cancel” again.

Unless it’s a Democrat politician, natch.

18 thoughts on “Everybody’s Canceled

  1. Wow, our good old friend Karma showed up fast in that one. Leave it to newspapers to take an inspiring story and turn it into a circus. I am so glad I bailed on journalism in 2006. I was convinced that was going to be my future job all throughout high school. Once I got to college I could see this coming. Journalism is dead in this country, Obama killed it, Trump buried it.

  2. Wait… this is the supposed tweet that caused all this controversey?!?!

    “Until we as a people learn that racism and hate are learned behaviors, we won’t get rid of it. Tolerance towards others is the first step.” — July 8, 2016

    Thats… not bad at all. Sidenote Im a HUGE Tosh.O fan and he goes much much further a lot of the time. The show is actually pretty good, well it was in its early years and is the only show I watch on CC other than South Park with any regularity.

  3. also this just further points out that I dont believe Twitter should allow anyone under 18 to sign up. Kids say dumb things and once its on the internet, its there forever.

  4. A lot of people here in Iowa were not happy with the Register on this one. But Mitch nailed it: Calvin may have dug up the tweets by King, but it still had to pass through the assemblage of editors to get to print, and they kept their jobs. The fact that Calvin had some objectionable tweets in his history became the convenient reason to scapegoat him. I saw an interview with Calvin where he blamed the “right-wing” outrage machine. I guess he doesn’t realize he’s the sacrificial lamb.

  5. He showed the country a sports fan with a beer sign can do something meaningful with sudden good fortune.

    Most Presidential act we’ve seen in a long time — next stop: Washington.

  6. The trick with “cancel culture” is that its actors are actually few in number. Research, by conservatives, shows that much of it is driven by, at most, a few hundred activists who leverage their power by exploiting weaknesses in twitter and facebook. It doesn’t hurt that the people in corporations who are their target audience — HR and marketing people — are generally people aligned with their views.
    Something like half of American women identify as “feminists,” but I will bet a doughnut that number approaches 100% of women in management or executive positions.
    Why women want to get into management is a mystery. The job is repugnant to me — but I can see why men are attracted to it, it requires steroetypical male personality traits, like aggression and risk-taking.

  7. The Register fired Calvin earlier this week

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Yup, he will show up at City Pages or at least MinnPost (if that still exists).

    There have been numerous cases nationally of fundraising for a person experiencing a tragedy that was revealed as a scam after media investigated the backgrounds of the organizer or purported victim.

    Right.

    Thing is, they found no scam

    They probably knew that within minutes – but did that stop them from digging further?

    We all know what they were digging for…and they found it.

  8. I’ve drilled “don’t ever talk to the police; don’t say hi; don’t say have a nice day; nothing” into my kids heads since they were teens. I’ve taught them not to trust anyone that isn’t family. These lessons have served them well so far, but I hope they are savvy enough to realize that includes anyone calling themselves a “journalist”.

    America is a cesspool; way ahead of the reprobate’s schedule.

  9. As I noted on FB the other day, “I sleep like a man who never had a Twitter account.”

    Something I found annoying was the reporter’s defense that because he found the incriminating tweet, others would have to and published it if he didn’t. Good – let the other places deal with the fallout. Trust me, if this hadn’t of blown up, NOBODY would have remembered who got the “scoop”. Now, everyone knows – and for the wrong reasons.

    A tip for reporters: Scenario 1: A kid hits the viral lottery and shares the windfall in a very positive and significant way, and you find an teen-tweet unrelated to the story. That’s a “don’t publish”. Scenario 2: A kid hits the viral lottery and shares the windfall in a very positive and significant way, and you find a tweet from that weekend saying, “Thanks for the free beer – we’re really going to party at the next Klan meeting!”. Knock yourself out.

  10. As I noted on FB the other day, “I sleep like a man who never had a Twitter account.”

    Now say it unironically.

  11. Fearless prediction:

    G. Washington was a slave owner, as were most prominent men of his time. A. Lincoln left a paper trail in support of huwhite supremacy that makes the Turner Diaries look meek. Within 10 years, there will be reprobates tearing down their statues and replacing them with people that are anathema to America.

  12. NW same, because I dont. I did and tweeted like 3-4 times, ever. Ive just never understood it.

  13. Swiftee, I disagree. 10 years is wayyyy too long. 5 tops, maybe even 3.

  14. G. Washington was a slave owner, as were most prominent men of his time. A. Lincoln left a paper trail in support of huwhite supremacy that makes the Turner Diaries look meek. Within 10 years, there will be reprobates tearing down their statues and replacing them with people that are anathema to America.

    There will be a movement to remove their faces from currency. Just you wait.

  15. I see an opening for a real brewery to introduce Mr. King to real beer. Cool that his hankering for Busch generated a lot of bucks for the children’s hospital, but for his sake, let’s introduce him to something that actually has barley and hops among the ingredients.

  16. I SWEAR TO GOD, I didn’t see this before I made my Fearless Prediction…

    “Gandhi Is Deeply Revered, But His Attitudes On Race And Sex Are Under Scrutiny”

    “Gandhi was a racist”

    “Last year, a Gandhi statue was removed from a university campus in Ghana. Activists there and in Malawi are using the hashtag #GandhiMustFall. They’re angry about his early writings.”

    https://www.npr.org/2019/10/02/766083651/gandhi-is-deeply-revered-but-his-attitudes-on-race-and-sex-are-under-scrutiny

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