The Daily Beast's attempt to write a hit piece on Human Events Daily's Jack Posobiec backfired on Sunday when they had no choice but to retract claims that Posbiec was calling for violence against Disney. There was simply no truth to the claims. In fact, they were entirely and unequivocally false.
After the falsehood was exposed, the headline of the article was changed, and an editors note was added, reading: "Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the 'Bring Ammo' graphic on the Disney 'Boycott Groomers' T-shirt matches that of the company by the same name that manufactures the shirt."
Posobiec caught a 12-hour Twitter ban for "hateful conduct" over sharing an image of a T-shirt reading "Boycott Groomers" across the Disney logo, made by the brand Bring Ammo. The Daily Beast claimed in a headline that the "Far-Right's Pedo Obsession Goes Mainstream With Calls to 'Bring Ammo' to Disney Fight."
Instead, Posobiec and others were suggesting that if parents don't like the sexualized or gender identity-reinforcing content being put out by Disney and being advocated for by their executives, they should boycott the brand.
The 12-hour Twitter ban for "hateful conduct" was therefore done on false pretenses, because the assumption was that Posobiec was calling for violence, when in reality it was just a T-shirt with a conservative lifestyle brand's logo on it. No one at The Daily Beast, nor Twitter apparently, bothered to check it out. Banning Posobiec for suggesting violence was based entirely on a fallacy, because he never was calling for violence. Activist Twitter admins, and The Daily Beast, saw what they wanted to see.
"The original framing of this article suggested that a mainstream conservative lifestyle company's logo is a call to violence," said Andrew Kolvet, spokesperson for Turning Point USA, who hosts Posobiec's Human Events Daily podcast.
"This is either extreme incompetence or a brazen attempt to smear conservatives who are rightly concerned about content producers, creatives and executives at Disney who are openly calling for radical sexual content, including same-sex kissing, a 'not-so-secret queer agenda,'" Kolvet went on to say, "and the intentional insertion of 50 percent LGBTQ characters—all aimed at influencing the behavior of little kids including how they think, feel, and see the world. This is the definition of grooming, and it's wrong."
"People should ask themselves: Why is 'The Daily Beast' engaged in a blatant effort to apologize for this heinous corporate culture?" Kolvet said.
The new headline reads "Far-Right's Pedo Obsession Goes Mainstream," and the section about Posobiec's tweet says: "After the Walt Disney Company condemned Florida’s anti-gay law, far-right internet personality Jack Posobiec tweeted a picture of a T-shirt featuring an edited version of the Disney logo. 'Boycott groomers,' it read below the logo. In the lower right section of the shirt, there was a small graphic with the phrase 'Bring Ammo.' Turning Point USA, which has a show hosted by Posobiec, noted that was the name of the company that makes the shirt."
In the original version, The Daily Beast's Kelly Weill took aim at those who oppose gender identity indoctrination in schools, who don't want children in younger grades to be taught explicit sexual content by activist teachers pushing an LGBTQIA+ agenda. Weill claims that concerns about pedophiles in education are overblown, and that conservatives are looking to "ban references to LGBT people in schools."
Weill condemned the framing of the Parental Rights in Education law, recently passed in Florida, as an "anti-grooming bill," saying that "simply education children about a range of topics, including race and gender," isn't "luring children" into adult sexual lifestyles.
"The term's viral use this month," Weill wrote, "accompanied new calls for violence. After the Walt Disney Company condemned Florida’s anti-gay law, far-right internet personality Jack Posobiec tweeted a picture of a T-shirt featuring an edited version of the Disney logo. 'Boycott groomers, bring ammo,' the shirt read." But it didn't. It read "Boycott Groomers," and featured the logo of the company that marketed the shirt, Bring Ammo."
When Posobiec's 12-hour ban was over, he tweeted:
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