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Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire delivered a speech at CPAC on Saturday where he said the ideology of “transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely,” prompting outlets such as Rolling Stone to falsely write that Knowles called for “transgender people to be ‘eradicated.'”
In his speech Knowles identified transgenderism as a “false” ideology and said “If it is false, then for the good of society, and especially for the good of the poor people who have fallen prey to this confusion, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely. The whole preposterous ideology at every level.” Within hours, establishment media began publishing the false headlines. The Vice President of Public Relations for the Daily Wire, Alyssa Cordova, tweeted screenshots of the headlines, identified them as “libelous claims,” and demanded a retraction.
“We are demanding full retractions and apologies from @thedailybeast, @HuffPost, and @RollingStone for their false and libelous claims about @michaeljknowles, and have referred these all to our General Counsel,” Cordova tweeted.
The Daily Wire tweeted out the speech.
The Daily Beast’s headline read “Michael Knowles Says Transgender Community Must Be ‘Eradicated’ at CPAC.” Rolling Stone wrote, “CPAC Speaker Calls for Transgender People to be ‘Eradicated.'” Huffington Post’s headline read “At CPAC, A Call for Trans People To Be ‘Eradicated’ Gets Big Cheers.”
The Post Millennial Editor-at-Large Andy Ngo reported that Vishal Singh, a “violent extremist” Antifa member in Los Angeles, cited the Huffington Post report and called for violence against Knowles.
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