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Tables Turn On Reporter Who Dug Up 8-Year-old Tweets Of Local Man Who Raised $1 Million For Sick Kids

A reporter who dug up two “offensive” eight-year-old tweets from a local man who raised over $1 million for sick children had the tables turned on him Tuesday night.
As reported by The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow on Wednesday, 24-year-old college football fan Carson King was highlighted by ESPN earlier in the month for a humorous sign he brought to a University of Iowa game. “Busch Light supply need replenished. Venmo Carson-King-25,” the sign joked. King was sent thousands of dollars after ESPN’s coverage, and instead of taking the money for himself, he used the momentum to help others, raising a stunning $1.14 million for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. 
The Des Moines Register, however, felt it necessary to dig through nearly a decade of social media posts from King. Reporter Aaron Calvin’s piece on the local man’s impressive charity work included two eight-year-old racially offensive tweets posted by King when he was just 16 years old.
The backlash was swift. The Des Moines Register was bombarded by negative feedback for their coverage of King and demanded answers. The outlet shamefully blamed King for getting out ahead of the story and apologizing and defended the publishing of the tweets as all part of a routine background check. It was their duty to post the nearly decade-old tweets of the local hero, they argued. 
A statement from our editor:
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The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.
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But the outlet and the reporter were not off the hook. Outraged by the hit on King, folks held cancel culture standards against those engaging in it. Pundits and political accounts dug up offensive tweets from Mr. Calvin and pressed the Des Moines Register for answers: if past tweets are relevant, shouldn’t Calvin’s far more recent offensive past tweets be made an issue? 
“Please check out the racist tweets posted by your writer, [Aaron Calvin]. If you’re going to go after a 16 year old who raised a million dollars for the sick, why don’t you clean your own room first?” The Federalist contributor Erielle Davidson wrote to the outlet. “The funny thing is, I HATE cancel culture. But these are the rules they made. So I’m regurgitating them.”
Please check out the racist tweets posted by your writer, @aaronpcalvin. If you’re going to go after a 16 year old who raised a million dollars for the sick, why don’t you clean your own room first?
The funny thing is, I HATE cancel culture. But these are the rules they made. So I’m regurgitating them.
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“Hi Carol, What are you going to do about your writer’s own homophobic, racist, misogynistic tweets? Thanks,” FoxNews.com contributor Stephen Miller directed to executive editor Carol Hunter. 
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Hi Carol,

What are you going to do about your writer's own homophobic, racist, misogynistic tweets? Thanks.
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The New York Post’s Jon Levine posted screenshots of some of Calvin’s past offensive tweets with the caption, “Does Des Moines Register have any comment on these?”
The following day, Miller noted online that the outlet had declined comment, aside from acknowledgment, when The Washington Post inquired about Calvin’s offensive tweets. “DM Register And [Carol Hunter] suddenly have no interest in commenting on old offensive tweets,” he mocked. “This was just a routine background check on your journalist, [Carol Hunter], why the sudden stonewalling?”
On Wednesday afternoon, the Des Moines Register added to a tweet to their original statement defending their reporting on King: “The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.” 

A statement from our editor:
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The Register is aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts by one of our staffers, and an investigation has begun.
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