Agents Of Disinformation
A hasty tweet by the Southern Poverty Law Center has sent Viva Frei host David Freiheit into a frenzy. The tweet says: “Loaded guns, zip ties, threats, several injuries & five murders. But ask @senronjohnson about the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and he won’t call it for what it was. #YearInHate #RefuseHate.
Freiheit was apparently taken aback by the post, proceeded to read the fact check on the tweet from Politifact and was compelled to respond, calling out the Southern Poverty Law Center for spreading misinformation. The law center discreetly retweeted the post, changing “loaded weapons” to “weapons” and “5 murders” to “5 related deaths.” They did this, Freiheit says, without so much as an apology, a correction or a formal retraction. He shot right back with: “Barring an apology and a correction, quietly deleting a tweet and pretending it didn’t happen, just adds further dishonesty to the initial dishonesty.”
Still not pleased by the law center’s second tweet, Freiheit decided to look into the five deaths and came up with some interesting conclusions. Here’s more from Viva Frei.