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Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro went after HuffPost for a piece that grouped him with “survivor smearers” after last week’s Parkland shooting. The article, written by HuffPost politics reporter Igor Bobic, claimed that some conservatives were “trying to discredit” the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who have been actively speaking out in favor of gun control since 17 of their classmates and teachers were murdered. Bobic pulled an excerpt from a piece Shapiro wrote in The National Review:
“What, pray tell, did these students do to earn their claim to expertise? They were present during a mass shooting, and they have the right point of view, according to the Left. There’s a reason that producers at CNN are eager to put junior Cameron Kasky in front of the cameras: He says things like ‘You’re either with us or against us.’ It seems a stretch to think if Kasky were instead advocating for more armed school security, CNN would be breaking into its primetime lineup to air his views.”Shapiro slammed HuffPost on Twitter for mischaracterizing what he said.
This, from @HuffPost is deeply irresponsible and absurd. I have never — in any way — smeared the survivors of the shooting. That’s a disgusting accusation. I’ve simply said that experiencing horror doesn’t confer expertise. pic.twitter.com/c6EtJqo7QE — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 21, 2018
He then took aim at Bobic for the “Survivor Smearers” headline.
I didn’t. — Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) February 21, 2018
The headline has since been changed to “Some Conservatives Are Trying To Discredit Outspoken Florida Shooting Survivors.” The piece also included remarks from former GOP congressman and CNN commentator Jack Kingston, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, and invoked Donald Trump Jr.‘s “liking” a conspiracy link on Twitter. [image via screengrab]
If you think the headline is unfair, please let your editors know. Because that’s pretty damned egregious. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 21, 2018