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Dishonest Vox ‘Journalist’ Smears Georgia Sheriff’s Officer in Viral Tweet, and Twitter Needs to Take Action

I have written about the rank dishonesty of Vox.com “journalist” Aaron Rupar so many times that I’ve lost count.

Rupar has been caught so often tweeting out deceptive video clips of Republicans and Fox News media figures where he purposely takes them out of context to make it sound like they said something stupid or troubling that it almost seems redundant to keep writing about it. But this time a law enforcement officer landed in Rupar’s crosshairs, and the result was a viral smear and a wave of media “reports” about something the officer said that was taken out of context – by Rupar, most prominently, but also others.

The official Rupar targeted was Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker, who spoke to reporters Wednesday and answered questions surrounding the horrific mass shootings that happened at Atlanta-area massage parlors earlier this week. 8 people were murdered and 1 was injured after 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long opened fire in three separate incidents late Tuesday afternoon.

During the presser, Baker was asked if Long “understood the gravity” of what he had done. Baker said he had spoken to investigators and they told him that they “got the impression” that he understood the gravity of what he’d done and that he was “pretty much fed up and had kinda been at the end of his rope, and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did what he did.”

Baker’s comments start at around the 15:30 mark of this clip. Watch:

Looking at it contextually, it was clear Baker was summarizing what he’d been told by the investigators about what the suspect told them. But what Rupar did was boil Baker’s comments down to a 20-second clip, and in his summary of what Baker said he made it sound like Baker was making excuses for what Long did instead of noting Baker was recapping what he’d been told by investigators:

Rupar’s dishonest characterization of Baker said went viral. As of this writing, it has close to 50,000 RTs, with nearly 40,000 of them being quote RTs where people added comments. The story of Baker’s comments – which are out of context – went so viral that between that and an alleged “racist” Facebook post of his where he supposedly talked about the coronavirus being “imported from China,” he’s now off the case and his bosses are reevaluating his employment.

As per the norm when he’s been caught, Rupar had the nerve to pretend he did nothing wrong when he was called out:

Twitter users who caught his smear and contrasted it with the actual video were understandably outraged that he was allowed to get away with it on a social media platform that purports to want to curb the spread of fake news:

I have seen numerous accounts that were either suspended or banned for much less than what Rupar did here. If this doesn’t mean Twitter’s criteria for spreading harmful and inaccurate information, what does??




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