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Culture War Can Be Waged Back, Again

16 Oct

The backfiring of the dropping of Carson King because of the Des Moines Register reporter digging up his old tweets continues:

You might remember the controversy when the Des Moines Register surfaced a couple of obnoxious racist tweets that 24-year-old Carson King had sent when he was 16. King had become a kind of goofy populist star after a sign he held up on ESPN asking for beer money landed him a contract to promote Busch Light, his favorite brand. He was using his fame to raise millions for an Iowa children’s hospital. The paper was doing a profile of him, and its reporter went digging into all his past tweets, finally finding some incriminating ones that were eight years old, and written when he was a high school kid, quoting a comedy TV show.

Carson apologized for them, and said he had changed. But it was too late: Anheuser-Busch cut him off, though it agreed to honor its pledge to the children’s hospital. King’s name was ruined — or so it seemed.

But Iowans responded quite differently. They believed — correctly! — that King had been treated badly by the Register, and they raised hell about it. The Iowa governor declared September 28 “Carson King Day” to show solidarity with the young man. As I wrote here, it turns out that the Javert-like SJW reporter who trashed King had himself tweeted vile things in his teenage years, and lost his job because of it. The people of Iowa remain angry at the paper.

Now comes this news:

A rift over the Des Moines Register’s handling of the Carson King story has led to the resignation of the entire staff of the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa from the newspaper, effective immediately.

In a Tuesday post on RAGBRAI’s Facebook page, TJ Juskiewicz said the Register, “refused to offer me the opportunity to openly speak to the RAGBRAI Nation, and answer the hundreds of passionate questions asked about the future of RAGBRAI following the Des Moines Register’s handling of the Carson King story.”

Juskiewicz said his efforts to communicate with riders were blocked because “it did not mesh with the company’s PR narrative to spin the Carson King embarrassment.”

Juskiewicz says he was told the Register’s leadership, and public relations professionals “don’t want to issue any more public statements on this matter”.

But, Juskiewicz said the Register offered him “talking points for interviews regarding RAGBRAI if the Carson King situation comes up.”

So, 16-years after taking the job as RAGBRAI’s executive director, Juskiewicz, and his staff resigned.

“I can no longer be an effective leader when my principles are compromised by the leadership of Gannett/Des Moines Register,” said Juskiewicz

RAGBRAI was founded in 1973 by John Karras and Donald Kaul.

The seven-day, cross-state bicycle ride across Iowa is the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

But get this — they re-formed to sponsor the same week-long charity bike ride, without any connection to the newspaper. It’s now called “Iowa’s Ride”.

What a spectacular self-destruction of one’s own brand the Des Moines Register has pulled off. I’m so encouraged to see the people of Iowa responding like this, giving the media comeuppance.

Great news, indeed.

This is on top of the fact that some local microbrewery has chosen to honour Carson King for his generosity, and has named a beer after him.

Now the next step should be: everyone stop buying both the Register paper and Budweiser, Busch beer, etc.

Culture War Can Be Waged Back!

 
8 Comments

Posted by on October 16, 2019 in America, Fuck Yeah!, good news, The Kulturkampf

 

8 responses to “Culture War Can Be Waged Back, Again

  1. c matt

    October 16, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    I am no beer snob, but life is too short to drink Budweiser/Busch, or Coors for that matter.

     
    • Will S.

      October 16, 2019 at 5:49 pm

      Indeed, now there’s another reason! 🙂

       
    • feeriker

      October 17, 2019 at 1:55 am

      You beat me to the punch. It should be the easiest thing in the world to forego that vile piss that the equally vile Anheuser-Busch has gall enough to call beer.

       
      • Will S.

        October 17, 2019 at 3:03 am

        And I’m sure Des Moinesians will get along fine without their stupid Register newspaper.

         
  2. Screwtape

    October 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

    A couple of takeaways. The media are nothing but parasites; they exist solely as a means to deliver advertising. We should all hold them in contempt for their unearned self-regard and status as anything but marketing grifters and brand hucksters.

    Everything they produce should be viewed with extreme skepticism and a presumption of an agenda that supersedes truth and integrity. Anything otherwise must be earned by them. They should be reminded of their actual low status as whores at every opportunity.

    As for brands like big beer and the sportsball, men need to hold them in similar regard. These companies are not your friends, they should not be part of your identity or status; they do not even like you and most are actively working against your interests and well being.

    If you must consume their products, do so on your terms; they serve you with a consumable good. They are disposable, yet they treat their customers as disposable. Internalize that and act accordingly.

    There needs to be more of this.

    Push back against these purveyors of the prog death cult and its tentacles. The average day is filled with small moments to signal and to act in ways that demonstrate that you will not go quietly, that you are not okay with being enslaved or replaced.

    If men would just stand up straight and advocate for themselves and what they believe, just a little bit at a time, each small move will separate us from them, which may just provide fertile ground for us to regain a part of our community that has been strip mined by the gobohomo corps and agitpropped by their media whores. Cheers.

     
    • Will S.

      October 18, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      Hear, hear! 🙂

       

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