UPDATE: Mark Pitcavage and Christopher Mathias have deleted several of their tweets. The Huff Post and ADL articles have also been changed, but not before we archived it.
Editor’s Note:These are the “experts” who the federal government has been relying on for “intelligence” about hate and extremism … people who can’t even do a Google image search or make a simple phone call to do the most basic fact checking.
I was scanning through my Twitter feed when I saw this:
Our experts uncovered that a white man accused of burning a black man alive in Tennessee in March was a known white supremacist who subscribed to a racist & anti-Semitic ideology known as Christian Identity. Full statement: http://bit.ly/2PM32Ha
Mark Pitcavage is very proud of putting together this fake news story:
Thread 4. Tweet 1 (my final thread, so don't worry). The last thing I want to say related to this horrific murder involves my colleagues. I mentioned yesterday that ADL's Center on Extremism staff were all meeting in New York (off-site). So when newshttps://t.co/D68nPiPG0B
Thread 4. Tweet 2. of this incident emerged, every one of us was away from our files and notes and records. But my colleagues have so much knowledge and experience that one of them–my friend Carla Hill–actually recognized the perpetrator by his name, remembered that his son was
Thread 4. Tweet 3. also an extremist who had pleaded guilty years before to his own hate crime against a black man, and who remembered that the family had Christian Identity connections. Now this perpetrator was not some famous extremist, or leader of a group. He was just a guy.
Thread 4. Tweet 4. But my friend and colleague Carla Hill *knew* him. And she was able to help ADL get that info out and provide some much-needed context for this tragic incident. I am so proud to have the colleagues that I do.
Carothers' son, Michael Weaver, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 2011 after pepper-spraying a black man. Weaver was once named "activist of the year" by National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group. https://t.co/0Ol5dT1argpic.twitter.com/LRERX6Om0s
My jaw dropped when I saw that Michael Weaver was mentioned in this. I clicked on the story to find out that Huff Post is accusing his father of burning a black man alive in Tennessee.
I thought to myself: this can’t be right, I have met Michael Weaver’s father several times who is from my area, he doesn’t look like this guy, I have never known him to travel outside of Georgia and I certainly would have heard about this if there was any truth to the story.
I texted Michael Weaver about this:
Note: This is a bad article and a good example of how not to cover white supremacy, Huff Post and ADL. You are accusing the wrong man of being a murderer. I’ve archived this in case Mr. Carothers wants to sue the ADL and Huff Post for libel.
a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation.
defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny, misrepresentation, scandalmongering; More
Georgia courts have interpreted defamation per se to include statements “that one is guilty of a crime, dishonesty or immorality,” Eidson v. Berry, 415 S.E.2d 16, 17 (Ga. Ct. App. 1992), or that accuse one “of having sexual relations with any person other than his wife,” Baskin v. Rogers, 493 S.E.2d 728, 730 (Ga. Ct. App. 1997). The courts have narrowed the criteria for defamation of a business person by adopting the “single instance test.” A plaintiff has no grounds for a complaint if the alleged defamatory statement refers to only a single instance of mistake or ignorance on the part of a business or professional person. See Crown Andersen, Inc. v. Georgia Gulf Corp., 554 S.E.2d 518, 521 (Ga. Ct. App. 2001).