Hero smeared after raising a million dollars for charity: Meet “disgusting” reporter who dug up his old tweets
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So there’s this young man in Iowa named Carson King, 24 years old. He held up a funny sign at a football game: "Busch Light supply needs replenished" and his Venmo account (which is like PayPal.)
He got on national TV, people found it funny, so they start chipping in to give him some beer money.
Busch Beer jumps on board:
Hey @CarsonKing2, we said we’d send you a year’s worth of Busch Light, but first we had to make sure the cans were fit for a King. Let us know where to send the truck. #IowaLegend
But Iowans being Iowans, here’s what Carson King does with all his beer money, according to CNN:
After speaking with his family, he decided that, minus the cost of one case of Busch Light, he'd give the rest of the money to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. (...)
Busch Beer and Venmo even caught wind of his plans, and raised the stakes by pledging to match his contribution.
By Sunday morning, the contributions (...) had reached $1 million, and were continuing to rise.
How good are you feeling right now?
Well, you knew it couldn't last...
Let me show you the "breaking news" from Iowa:
In a statement to KCCI, Anheuser-Busch said, “Carson King had multiple social media posts that do not align with our values as a brand or as a company and we will have no further association with him.
So eight years ago, when Carson King was a high schooler, he made some dumb jokes on Twitter.
But did you hear the language in that report? These jokes “recently surfaced”?
No: They'd been "uncovered" by the local paper, the Des Moines Register, who explained that their reporter, named Aaron Calvin, had simply conducted a "routine background check" on Carson King.
I know a bit about Twitter. To find Carson's old tweets from high school, the “reporter,” Aaron Calvin, must have typed every swear, every epithet he could think of into a search engine.
A "routine background check” is what police do when they pull you over; searching a teenager’s jokes from a decade ago, looking for specific mean words, that’s not routine.
TONIGHT, let's subject Aaron Calvin to a "background check" of his own Twitter history. What emerges is truly disturbing...
Quick question for the Des Moines Register, and for that TV station that had their "BREAKING NEWS" flash:
Will they now do the same kind story on this reporter, Aaron Calvin?
And to the hypocrites at Anheuser Busch — will they now cut off their advertising with the Des Moines Register, too? A toxic workplace that has harboured a racist, sexist, homophobic, pro-pedophile “journalist”...?
What do you think?
FINALLY: Your questions to me!