Following the Gateway Pundit retracting a story on Monday, which misidentified the Las Vegas spree-shooter, the conservative website was under attack by mainstream media seeking to discredit everything they have ever done based on one error.
After acknowledging their mistake, and removing the story after 10 minutes, the attacks continued — and their White House Correspondent Lucian Wintrich clapped back in a big way.
The story in question was published around 4 a.m., and live on the site for approximately 10 minutes before it was retracted. Just before noon, the Gateway Pundit received an accusatory email from GQ writer Ben Schreckinger calling into question whether or not anyone should ever trust the publication again.
“I’m planning to do a short post today about rumors and misinformation spreading online about the Vegas shooting. I see that you guys initially ID’d the shooter as Danley’s ex-husband,” Schreckinger wrote. “How did that mistake happen? What are your editorial procedures for vetting information?”
While the email started out with some valid questions, the tone rapidly changed.
“Given a mistake like that, would it be reasonable for people to be skeptical of content on the Gateway Pundit?” Schreckinger continued.
In true Wintrich-style, the correspondent responding to the email did not take kindly to the insinuation that the outlet cannot be trusted — and his response was comedic gold.
“Hey Ben,” Wintrich began. “You mean like when the Daily Beast misidentified one of the San Bernardino shooters? Including the wrong man’s photo, employer, and property records? Or do you mean when the Huffington Post, Slate, and many others misidentified the Newtown shooter and linked directly to an innocent man’s Facebook profile?”
The hypocrisy of MSM is next level nonsense. pic.twitter.com/LSYt4gCOgD
— Lucian B. Wintrich (@lucianwintrich) October 2, 2017
“If the occasional retraction of a story invalidates the entire legacy of a publication, we would have no publications left, would we,” Wintrich continued.
The provocative writer wasn’t about to let GQ get away unscathed either.
“We certainly wouldn’t have GQ — I remember you guys misidentifying leather dress shoes without socks as good fashion,” Wintrich wrote. Ouch.
When asked by Big League Politics about the erroneous story, Wintrich had a simple explanation, one that many in media can relate to.
“Listen, we are in the business of breaking news. We’ve scooped the MSM time and time again. That specific story was up for ten minutes at four in the morning,” Wintrich told Big League. “Can the media actually do its job and report on the shooter himself and his motivations?”
Coronavirus Pandemic Has Significantly Decreased Annual US Births
The virus has created a baby bust.
The coronavirus pandemic has significantly decreased new births in the United States in the year 2020, setting the country back demographically in an era where annual births are already at record lows.
The Wall Street Journal cited research conducted by the Brookings Institute which projected the United States would have more than 500,000 less births in 2020 than it did in 2019.
“The think tank has forecast between 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the U.S. next year, compared with a drop of 44,172 last year. Its analysis, partly based on what happened following the 2007-2009 recession, is that weaker job prospects equate to fewer births. “Women will have many fewer babies in the short term, and for some of them, a lower total number of children over their lifetimes,” reported the WSJ.
Births in the United States had already reached record lows in 2019, and stand to be much lower this year because of the virus. The Brookings Institute is basing their projections on the aftermath of the 2007-08 Great Recession, and points to damaged economic prospects for women from the virus as a critical factor in dissuading families from having children.
Liberals generally oppose the notion of pro-family natalist policies to increase the U.S. birth rate. Potential solutions could include funding fertility treatment for those seeking to conceive, paid family leave, tax credits for the parents of children and subsidized childcare.
It’s likely the drop in birthrates will reverberate in years to come, potentially creating demographic problems for America, which already isn’t producing enough new babies to create a sufficient societal, labor and tax base in future decades.
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