Stephen King apologizes for sharing false, debunked story on DeSantis: ‘I will try to do better’

Best-selling author Stephen King expressed contrition for his promotion of a story with a blatantly misleading headline about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, apologizing to a CNN fact-checker who debunked the claim that students and professors were not required to register their political views with the state.

With the focus of the leftist resistance shifting to DeSantis who has emerged as a serious threat to their political agenda, leftists are throwing everything at the Sunshine State Republican in the hope that something will stick regardless of whether it is true or not.

The headline, which was for a 2021 article published by the left-leaning website Salon and had been on Twitter for over a year, never catching the attention of those whose job is policing the platform for misinformation, stated that “DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state.” It has since been updated after it was resurfaced to attack DeSantis with many promoting it as real, including sitting Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried.

“The state of our state is incredibly fascist,” wrote the former weed lobbyist who is one of the candidates vying to unseat DeSantis in November in a since-deleted tweet of the Salon article.

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The horror mogul, a prolific tweeter and left-wing activist was among those who also swallowed the bait.

The viral recycling of the Salon headline caught the eye of CNN reporter and fact-checker Daniel Dale who set the record straight.

“The 2021 law does require public colleges and universities in Florida to administer annual surveys on the subject of ‘intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity.’ But contrary to the inaccurate initial Salon headline, the law does not require anybody to register their political views. Students and faculty members can decide whether to participate in the surveys, which are anonymous,” Dale wrote on the network’s website.

Dale called out King by name for “sharing the false claim” which has since been corrected by Salon.

On Friday, Dale shared the response that he got from the humbled Maine-based schlockmeister: “Stephen King just sent a comment: ‘I regret having posted the headline without being more confident the story was correct. Salon is usually more reliable. Twitter is a constant learning experience, and I will try to do better.’”

While privately apologizing to Dale, King still hasn’t done likewise with his 6.7 million Twitter followers.

Dale also reported that Salon has since rethought the headline:’Salon executive editor Andrew O’Hehir said in a Thursday email that while another Salon editor had defended the initial headline back in 2021, the publication recently took another look and concluded that the headline ‘conveyed a misleading impression of what the Florida law actually said, and did not live up to our editorial standards.'”

The headline has been updated to “DeSantis signs bill requiring survey of Florida students, professors on their political views,” Dale reported.

Also guilty of spreading the bogus headline was USA Today’s Josh Meyer who was slammed by DeSantis spox Christina Pushaw after he lamely tried to walk it back.

There couldn’t be a more perfect example of how quickly that misinformation, disinformation, fake news, and outright propaganda are able to spread thanks to agenda-driven leftist influencers with hair-trigger Twitter fingers.

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