No, The White House Didn’t Block Conservative Teen’s Twitter Account
It seems young right-wing sensation C.J. Pearson has picked up more than just mindless propaganda from his conservative education. He’s also learned to lie as good as a grownup conservative. It seems the foul mouthed 13 year old, whose attacks on Obama have naturally turned him into a folk hero on the right, made a dubious claim this week which got his right-wing fan base worked up in quite a lather. Pearson showed his twitter followers a screen shot clearly showing how that mean old Obummer dude went ahead and took away his first amendment rights by blocking him on Twitter. The outrage was immediate but quickly his story began to unravel.
By Thursday, people were suspicious. First, it was pointed out that CJ was still following Obama after he had been alleged blocked, which contradicts Twitter policy. Twitter users cannot follow accounts that block them. Next, online sleuths were able to link the screenshot that CJ had used to an identical one uploaded months ago. It had been proven fake since.
To the surprise of almost no one, the so-called evidence was indeed faked and the White House did not block Pearson at all. Naturally, that is the end of that since conservatives of all ages, when presented with evidence contrary to what they’ve based opinions on, quickly adjust their positions to reflect the reality of the situation. Umm, yeah, sure. Either that or they deflect by trying to connect the whole mess they made to Benghazi.
Still, conservative websites pounced on it as a news item. In response, White House assistant press secretary Frank Benenati tweeted that CJ was wrong – that the @POTUS account has never blocked anyone on Twitter. This incited a two-minute rebuttal video from the teenager, who accuses the White House of lying. “They lied about Benghazi,” he says in the video. “They lied about the IRS. They lie about every issue of importance to the American people.”
I guess when you put it that way, there’s really not much left to say. The important thing is that the First Amendment freedom of the middle-schooler with a taste for that Right Wing mojo is safe–for now. Pearson can continue to thrill Conservatives with enlightening and uplifting nuggets of wisdom such as this.
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“President Obama, you don’t love America. If you loved America, you would call ISIS what it is,” he says, “if you loved America, President Obama, you wouldn’t try to take away what hard-working Americans have worked for their entire lives.”
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