Michael Knowles of the Daily Wire delivered a speech at CPAC on Saturday where he said the ideology of “transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely,” prompting outlets such as Rolling Stone to falsely write that Knowles called for “transgender people to be ‘eradicated.'”
In his speech Knowles identified transgenderism as a “false” ideology and said “If it is false, then for the good of society, and especially for the good of the poor people who have fallen prey to this confusion, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely. The whole preposterous ideology at every level.” Within hours, establishment media began publishing the false headlines. The Vice President of Public Relations for the Daily Wire, Alyssa Cordova, tweeted screenshots of the headlines, identified them as “libelous claims,” and demanded a retraction.