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Firebrand conservative commentator Candace Owens of The Daily Wire has declared war on The Guardian over the British “news” outlet publishing what she says is a libelous headline about recent remarks she made.
During a segment of her Daily Wire show Monday about the totalitarianism creeping across the world, she drew attention specifically to the demonstrable authoritarianism being seen in Australia.
“When do we deploy troops to Australia? When do we invade Australia and free an oppressed people who are suffering under a totalitarian regime? When do we spend trillions of dollars to spread democracy in Australia?” she said.
“Australia currently — make no mistake — is a tyrannical police state. Its citizens are quite literally being imprisoned against their will. So when do we deploy?” she added.
These remarks quickly went viral and triggered a multitude of headlines and tweets basically claiming that Owens wanted the United States to invade Australia.
Rightwing pundit Candace Owens suggests US invade Australia to ‘free an oppressed people’ https://t.co/3KpOfSI249
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 22, 2021
— The Root (@TheRoot) October 22, 2021
“When do we invade Australia and free an oppressed people who are suffering under a totalitarian regime?” https://t.co/wt80MsagYj
— Junkee (@junkee) October 21, 2021
Umm, what’s that now? https://t.co/0W0kz7Bv0p
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 22, 2021
There was just one problem.
“Of course, I ask that in jest,” the conservative commentator continued in her remarks Monday.
This wasn’t included in any — not a single one — of the headlines published about Owens.
Nor was any context provided about the wider segment, which, unbeknownst to these “news” publishers’ readers, had included direct testimony from an Australian woman about the tyrannical conditions in the Land Down Under.
Watch the full segment yourself:
If you want an exercise in how journalists ruthlessly lie—please examine the @guardian current headline claiming that I suggested we “invade Australia”, absent my following sentence, “I say that of course, in jest”.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) October 22, 2021
This twisting of her segment angered Owens enough that she posted a 13-minute-long video to her Instagram account Friday refuting the smear and drawing attention to one of the more influential “news” publications who’d peddled the lie.
“I’ve been trending on Twitter for the last 48 hours because The Guardian has run a headline saying that Candace Owens suggests that the U.S. should invade Australia. Completely stripped. Did not even add the sentence ‘I say that of course in jest.’ Removed from its entire context,” she said.
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She added that she believes The Guardian pursued this lie purposefully to preemptively stop her actual message from further spreading.
“Everyone is sharing [the monologue] in Australia. It’s going viral. So they instantly said we need to lie, because we don’t want people to watch this monologue, we don’t want people to read the article about the monologue. We need to lie. We need to get in front of the truth with a very big lie,” she explained.
And the easiest way to fool the public is through headlines, given as studies have shown that most people only read headlines and skip out on the actual story.
Only those who actually read The Guardian’s full piece learned about Owens saying she was just kidding:
By including the full remark in the actual story, The Guardian can now try and argue that it did nothing wrong — that it simply hadn’t had enough space in the headline to add this extremely important part of the story.
However, Owens is confident she could still defeat them in court.
“I am going to have my lawyers send a letter … because The Guardian is actually based in the U.K., and the U.K. has very strong libel laws. You can’t just lie like that in the U.K. And I want a full retraction,” she said in her Friday video.
“To pretend that I was not joking when I quite literally said ‘I say that in jest’ is demonic. It’s satanic. It is the reason that this world is so divided. It is the reason why everywhere in the world, people are being impoverished and imprisoned by their governments who have launched a war against their own people,” she added.
One of the greatest weapons in this war, she continued, is information. By twisting the facts and controlling the flow of information, the media can control the narrative and therefore influence policy decisions.
It’s likely not a coincidence that most members of the media (regardless of country) support authoritarian coronavirus policies like mask mandates and lockdowns.
It’s also likely not a coincidence that the media have repeatedly smeared anyone who’s dared challenged this COVID orthodoxy:
The media excoriated and smeared the lockdown protesters. They didn’t burn down buildings. They didn’t steal from stores. They simply exercised their 1a rights. The people using Floyd’s murder as an excuse to burn down their own city have the full support of the Dem activist msm
— Lawrence Polyakov (@Larrypolya22) May 28, 2020
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