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Seeking opinions: should media do background checks to find controversy in even feel good stories?

That's the debate that's been going on in Iowa this week after the Des Moines Register, when profiling a 24-year-old who had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars (now millions) for an Iowa Children's Hospital, decided to include in that profile a reference to 2 offensive tweets he had made 8 years prior when he was a 16-year-old sophomore, referencing the Tosh.0 show on Comedy Central.

There's a lot more to this story, including the doxxing of the reporter himself for even more offensive tweets he had in his past (he's since been fired), but the Des Moines Register has doubled down and defended its background check practice (claiming they did it for 'the public good' and that readers insist on 'the whole story') and the editors that had approved the story are keeping their jobs unscathed. They've said very little about the hypocrisy of doing such thorough checks on the subjects of their stories but not on their own reporters.

What's everybody's thoughts on this practice? I can maybe see why you would do it on certain types of stories/subjects, but let's say someone saves a bus full of Girl Scouts from a fiery accident. Before writing that story, should the newspaper spend a bunch of time digging into the past of the rescuer to find out if they've ever done anything controversial?

For good measure, another ironic twist: Anheuser-Busch was originally heavily involved in the fundraiser, but backed out on parts of it after the tweets came out. Internet sleuths dug into it and found that Anheuser-Busch was, ironically, a sponsor of Tosh.0, the very show the kid quoted. They're holding him accountable for quoting a show they themselves sponsored...

Carson King addresses controversial social media post from high school

This is why the world sucks:


An incredibly heartwarming story we've all been enjoying over the last couple weeks, and then a bored Des Moines Register reporter decides he doesn't just want to write headlines, he wants to make them. The kid referenced a freaking Comedy Central TV show at 16 years old. Apparently Comedy Central should be celebrated and receive awards for making these shows, but don't laugh or quote them, because that makes you a bad guy. The people that make desperately searching other people's past social media behavior need to GET A FUCKING LIFE. Carson King needs to out this reporter for the loser he is. If the media wants to know why people despise them, look no further than EXHIBIT A.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Carson King, the Iowa State fan who helped raise over $1 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, held a press conference Tuesday regarding a controversial post made on social media eight years ago.

King said a reporter with the Des Moines Register called attention to an offensive social media post he made when he was 16 years old.

“Eight years ago, when I was a sophomore in high school, I made some social media posts with my friends that quoted and referenced the show ‘Tosh.0,’ King said. “One of those posts was brought to my attention by a member of the media today.”

Brutal series of assaults and robberies in Minneapolis highlights a critical police shortage

(CNN) - A series of brutal assaults in downtown Minneapolis is highlighting the city's skyrocketing robbery rate amid a critical shortage of police officers.

More than 6,000 "priority one" 911 calls, which include sexual assault, shootings and robberies, were made in the period of a year for which police didn't have an officer immediately able to respond, Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder said in an email to CNN.

Police have several videos of the recent rash of vicious attacks.

In one obtained by CNN, a group of suspects is seen on surveillance videos repeatedly punching and kicking a man in a daytime attack outside Target Field. At various points in the video, they run and jump on him, ride over him with a bicycle, take off his shoes and pants, beat him with a belt and throw what appears to be potted plants at him

In another surveillance video, the suspects start grabbing a man and repeatedly punch and kick him as he tries to fight back. The group leaves him, apparently unconscious, on the ground.

The suspects arrested are between the ages of 13 and 25, and mainly male, though "sometimes a female is in the group," according to charging documents.


Classy kids! Bet their parents are even classier!

Anybody seen this video of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick flashing the white power symbol last year?

This was probably seen by 10x the number of people as the guy at Wrigley. How does he still have an NFL job??

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