The Media Was Desperate, but Virginia’s Gun Rally Proved Them All Wrong

The media worked hard to spread misinformation and fear leading up to Virginia’s gun rights rally Monday.

by Shelby Talcott

For this year’s Virginia gun rights rally, media outlets and reporters worked to spread misinformation, constructing the narrative that the rally was populated with “extremists” and “white nationalists” and was likely to turn violent. None of that was true.

While he didn’t start the misinformation, Ben Collins, NBC’s “disinformation and extremism” reporter, became one of its more noticeable faces when he urged reporters on Sunday to “verify” facts as they covered “the white supremacist rally.” Collins deleted the tweet amid a fierce backlash, but not before attempting to justify the error by drawing on a handful of anecdotes.

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