Reporter Fired After Scotching $1M Charity Donation by Publicizing Kid’s Off-Color Tweet


You may recall the amusing story of the college kid whose beer sign raised one million bucks for charity? Well, that whole deal got axed because a reporter found a “racist” tweet the student made when he was a teenager. But now, the reporter has been fired when people found racist tweets of his own!

ISU football fan Carson King ended up on ESPN’s College Game Day with an amusing sign about his need for some beer money.

King’s sign read, “Bush Light Supply Needs Replenished,” and then featured King’s Venmo name.

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The ESPN cameras caught King’s sign and soon enough it caught the eye of the Internet, too.

King soon found that people all across the nation decided to help out.

It wasn’t long before donations began pouring in from fans all across the nation. And then Venmo and even the beer company jumped in to offer donations, too.

Eventually, the donations amounted to a million dollars that was going to be donated to the University of Iowa’s Children’s Hospital.

But then a buttinkski “reporter” stepped in and launched an effort to smear the student by digging up off color tweets King did back when he was a teenager.

Des Moines Register reporter Aaron Calvin dug up two old tweets King made that made fun of black people. He posted the tweets when he was a 16-year-old kid.

Because of Calvin’s story, Busch Beer canceled its pledge to help King donate to the hospital.

After the buttinski reporter’s story came out, King said he was shocked to be reminded of the old tweets.

“I am so embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16-years-old,” he lamented.

The student added:

He emphasized that the state’s largest newspaper “has been nothing but kind in all of their coverage, and I appreciate the reporter pointing out the post to me”.

“I want to sincerely apologize,” Mr King said. “Thankfully, high school kids grow up and hopefully become responsible and caring adults.”

The reporter’s smear job riled folks in Iowa. No one appreciated the attack on the student.

And then people began looking at buttinski Calvin’s tweets. And guess what they found? You guessed it, Calvin has “racist” tweets of his own. Soon, people found tweets by Calvin that mocked same-sex marriage, domestic abuse, and even a racial slur of his own.

Amusingly, the newspaper fired Calvin.

And it was richly deserved, too.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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