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An Honest Mistake = Slander?

It’s a reflection of the state of the debate today that people immediately jump on a common Twitter mistake with an accusation of slander. In a recent op-ed in which I detailed a lengthy Twitter exchange about the upcoming movie Won’t Back Down, I quoted one of the many tweets assaulting the movie and it’s subject – the parent trigger. I mistakenly attributed the tweet “Shame on you for supporting a movie that sensationalizes locking kids in dark closets as ubiquitous ‘punishment’” to @stephrrivera instead of the actual tweeter @ColumWhyte. Instead of considering that I, like a lot Twitter users, had identified the wrong @username as the original tweeter, I was immediately accused of deliberate deception. Below is the entire exchange. I’ll let the record speak for itself.





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