AP Smears DeSantis, Conservatives as Fueling ‘Anti-LGBTQ Hate’ Online

The Associated Press acted once again as publicists of “anti hate” leftists. The headline of a Wednesday report by David Klepper, AP misinformation reporter was: 

Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law fuels anti-LGBTQ hate online

It was not “misinformation” for it to be called the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Klepper’s thinly disguised press release began like this: 

Research that analyzed social media posts finds that hateful references to gays, lesbians and other LGBTQ people surged online after Florida passed a law that bars instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

References to pedophiles and “ grooming ” rose by more than 400 percent in the month after Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” measure was approved, according to a report released Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy groups, and the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a nonprofit group that tracks online extremism.

Both are left-leaning groups. However, AP does not give ideological labels to their acquaintances. “Groomer” is a loaded word, but this study (and the reporter) imply that no one could possibly use the word accurately or without “hate.”

Christina Pushaw, DeSantis’ press secretary, is the only proof that it isn’t a press release. 

“If you’re against the Anti-Grooming Bill, you are probably a groomer or at least you don’t denounce the grooming,” Pushaw tweeted.

In response to questions about the report, Pushaw said the Human Rights Campaign and other critics of Florida’s new law are the ones linking it to LGBTQ people.

“There are groomers of all sexual orientations and gender identities. My tweets did not mention LGBTQ people at all,” she wrote in an emailed statement.

The “Digital Hate” study used the standard tactic to label all criticisms of LGBT activism “hate speech” and demand that all such criticism is removed from the public (online, in real-life).

According to the authors, the increase in anti-LGBTQ hate speech could cause violence. The authors warn that social media platforms should be stronger in enforcing their hate speech policies. Researchers reported 100 most offensive tweets to Twitter. Only one of the 100 most hateful tweets was deleted.

“Online hate and lies reflect and reinforce offline violence and hate,” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. “The normalization of anti-LGBTQ+ narratives in digital spaces puts LGBTQ+ people in danger.”

Imran Ahmed, CCDH chief is clear about censoring hate speech in the report.We urge Meta and Twitter to take action against hate speech and stop hosting harmful comments.. Companies that promote Pride Month and profit from hateful comments against LGBTQ+ persons should not be allowed to use social media.

One example of hate ads in Meta comes from MRC’s Tierin Rose Mandelburg who asks questions about Florida law. A second piece by MRCTV features Disney employees speaking out against their company’s wokeness. 

Brad Slager pointed out on Twitter that the AP simply repeats leftist censors, without questioning their allergy for free speech. The AP reporter may not have read the entire report. Or if he merely retyped the release.

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