NBC News reporter Ben Collins deleted a January 19 tweet in which he referred to the then-pending Virginia Second Amendment event as a “white nationalist rally.”
Collins tweeted the white nationalist moniker on Sunday, the day before the rally was held.
Breitbart News reported on Collins’ tweet.
— AWR Hawkins (@AWRHawkins) January 19, 2020
As the tweet gained more and more attention, Collins removed it.
This is what it said:
Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you:
Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop.
Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__)
Collins is not the only establishment media source to frame the pro-Second Amendment rally in racial and/or extremist tones.
For example, the Washington Post previewed the rally in a way that gave the impression January 20, 2020, in Richmond was going to be Charlottesville 2.0.
Gov. Ralph Northam (D) used a January 15 speech to warn of so-called “threats and violent rhetoric” associated with the rally, but he did not provide an example of the threats or the rhetoric. He did, however, declare a “state of emergency” and ban the exercise of Second Amendment rights on Virginia Capitol grounds.
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