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Des Moines Register Standing By Its “Background Research” Nonsense

You’re probably already familiar with this latest front in the cancel culture wars. But here’s a brief summary for those who aren’t.

Last week, a man named Carson King was bombarded with contributions after he facetiously solicited beer money via poster on ESPN’s “College GameDay” show. He pledged to donate every dollar he received to a local children’s hospital. Anheuser-Busch and a group of local businesses also made donations to the hospital in King’s name. The joint effort resulted in over $1 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. If there ever were a story that was hard to ruin, this was it.

But the Des Moines Register just couldn’t help itself. Upon scouring the annals of King’s Twitter account (“a routine background check of King’s social media,” in their telling), a reporter named Aaron Calvin found two racially charged jokes the 24-year-old King’s made almost a decade ago, when he was 16.

The reporter’s own social media profile turned up offensive material as angry readers fought back against the Des Moines Register.

Read the full story from Front Page Mag

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