I can’t believe I’m having to write an article defending the draft-dodging statutory rapist Ted Nugent, but I ran across this story and found the dishonesty by many who wrote about it to be inexcusable.
So I guess this isn’t really a defense of Nugent as much as it is my condemnation of those who blatantly perpetuated a lie.
By now many have probably heard that recently a Native American tribe canceled one of Nugent’s concerts at their casino due to his history of racist remarks. The tribe claimed at the time they booked Nugent they weren’t aware of his past, and once they were made aware of some of the comments he’s made in the past, they decided to cancel the show.
Good for them. Nugent is a vile and disgusting human being.
Then not too long after that story had broke, he did an interview where he called some people who were trying to get his show canceled “unclean vermin.” Which then apparently prompted several liberal websites to push the story that Nugent had called the Native Americans who canceled his show “unclean vermin.”
Which naturally led to headlines like:
- Ted Nugent Whines About ‘Unclean Vermin’ Who Canceled Show At Native American Casino
- Ted Nugent: Native Americans Are ‘Unclean Vermin’ Who Don’t ‘Qualify As People’
- Ted Nugent lashes out at ‘unclean vermin’ after Idaho Native American tribe cancels his concert
Headlines which sound shocking an appalling – yet they’re either blatantly misleading or (in the case of the Ted Nugent: Native Americans Are ‘Unclean Vermin’ Who Don’t ‘Qualify As People’ headline) 100% false.
What Nugent was actually referring to was the effort by some to get his concert set for Waterfest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin canceled. His comments had nothing to do with the Native American tribe who canceled his August concert at their casino.
What happened was back in June there was a small push to get his concert canceled for the Waterfest festival. This even included a small online petition which has since been taken down by the person who started it.
So during an interview with Gannett Wisconsin Media he was asked about this push by some to get his Waterfest show canceled, and that’s when Nugent said:
“I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy.”
“By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people.”
He wasn’t talking about the Native American tribe who canceled his show, he was talking about the people who tried unsuccessfully to get his Oshkosh show canceled. Which, if you read the original article, is made perfectly clear. He’s talking about liberals in general, as he usually does – not Native Americans specifically.
Are his comments offensive? Of course they are. He’s a scumbag who, in my opinion, seems to suffer from severe mental instability. The delusions he has about himself are astounding.
But what some of these liberal websites did was take a quote and blatantly created an entirely different story that had absolutely nothing to do with what he actually said.
Like I said, I’m not really defending Nugent. I’m just disgusted that some liberal websites stooped to such an unethical level of “journalism” to report this shamelessly fabricated story.
The behavior of Ted Nugent, and conservatives in general, is bad enough that we don’t have to fabricate stories about it. But that’s what some of these sites did.
As liberals we’re supposed to hold ourselves to a higher standard than resorting to Drudge/Breitbart level misinformation and lies. But unfortunately it seems some sites care more about “shocking” headlines, and perpetuating misleading stories, than reporting factual information about real events.