Some background on the story first
This is the perfect case study on why the media is absolute despised by a majority of Americans:
Iowa man becomes a viral sensation for a sign asking for beer money he held during ESPN’s GameDay.
He raises $1 million University of Iowa's Stead Children's Hospital then the local paper, Des Moines Register has a reporter dig through his old tweets because the news media loves to tear people down when they are at their highest.
Yesterday, the paper profiled 24-year-old Carson King, who became a TV sensation after he held up a sign at during game day that said “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished ~Venmo~ Carson-King-25.”
King raised $20,000 initially, receiving more than $1 million in pledged matching donations after he declared he would donate the funds to the University of Iowa Children’s.The newspaper says they did a "routine background check" of King's social media history.
Reporter Aaron Calvin came across two “offensive” jokes that dated back to 2012 when King was a 16-year-old high school student.
WHO-TV's Keith Murphy reported that yesterday afternoon King found out that Busch Light was severing ties with him, so it appears that it was the newspaper who contacted Anheuser Busch for comments about the tweet, setting this all in motion.
King later said at a press conference saying “I am embarrassed and stunned to reflect on what I thought was funny when I was 16-year-old."In light of the tweets, Busch Light's parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev announced that it was severing ties with King but promised to honor its pledge.
The newspaper’s Executive Editor Carol Hunter issued a statement, trying to justify their investigation into King’s social media.They said “the jokes were highly inappropriate and were public posts. Shouldn't that be acknowledged to all the people who had donated money to King's cause or were planning to do so?"
Well sure enough, a number of people performed a "routine background check" on reporter Aaron Calvin's social media footprint and they found tweets that included the n-word, and phrase like "f--- all cops." Calvin then locked his account.
The newspaper later tweeted that was "aware of reports of inappropriate social media posts" by Calvin and an "investigation has begun."