NBC News was criticized for a hit song written to comedian Dave Chappelle after his new stand-up special “The Closer” premiered on Netflix.
The report, published Wednesday, highlighted comments he made when defending “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling, who he said had been “cancelled” for resisting “erasing the concept of sex.”
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“Basically, she said gender was a fact, and then the trans community got as mad as she was —, they started calling her a TERF,” Chappelle said, referring to the awakened acronym for “trans-exclusive radical feminists.”
He later stated that he was on “Team TERF” and told the audience that he agreed that “gender is a fact”.
NBC News reported that Chappelle “got a quick response,” but went on to name only three Twitter users; one who identified as a “trans woman” activist with about 1,000 Twitter followers, another with only 200 followers, and a third was another activist with about 43,000 followers.
However, it was NBC News that seemed to get a faster response than Chappelle himself.
“The story cites 3 tweets, one from an account they call ‘a Twitter user’ with 200 followers. If a news story simply quotes you as ‘a twitter user said…’, your opinion is not newsworthy. It is irrelevant . Facebook is not the problem,” said Stephen Miller, an employee of The Spectator. “When a news outlet quotes ‘a Twitter user said…’ that’s NBC looking for outrage. That’s the journalist looking for a random account angry about Chappelle. That’s NBC trying to story where there is none. Facebook. Is. Not. The. Problem.”
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“Nothing sends NBC News on a 5-alarm battle for Journalismobile like
“What if we didn’t write and draw attention to every bad faith Twitter cancellation exercise,” suggested GOP strategist Matt Whitlock.
“This is activism disguised as journalism. The author wanted to build an online angry mob, so he went looking for it,” tweeted conservative writer AG Hamilton.
“MSM just assumes that all trans and gay people have exactly the same politics. We don’t,” wrote Substack journalist Andrew Sullivan.