Despite the Des Moines Register’s attempts at destroying the reputation of a man who raised over $1 million for a children’s hospital by surfacing tweets he sent when he was 16, Carson King is being celebrated as the local hero he is with his own day and a beer named after him.
According to the New York Post, Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa shrugged off the controversy and gave King his own official day:
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds ignored the controversy and on Wednesday signed an official proclamation naming this Saturday as “Carson King Day.”
“Individuals like Carson King demonstrate how ‘Iowa Nice’ isn’t just a slogan, but our way of life,” the proclamation says.
Not only does King have his own official day, but a brewery was angry enough with Anheuser-Busch cutting ties with King over the controversy that it actually made a beer in King’s honor, and will use the sale of it for charity:
Geneseo Brewing Company, meanwhile, said it was so “appalled” by Busch dumping its support of King it was stepping in to produce its own “Iowa Legend” beer in his honor.
The beer will be sold in its brewpub and $1 from each pint or can sold will go towards King’s money-raising efforts, head brewer Glenn Cole said in a statement on Facebook.
Not only is all well that ends well, but the charitable giving also continues under King’s example. King himself even said that he’s not going to stop at $1 million, he’s going to see if he can push it to $2 million.
King has had a roller coaster ride of highs and lows after he first appeared in the mainstream media for his unorthodox way of raising money. What started as a simple joke of asking for beer money with a sign on live TV ended up being a highly watched charity drive.
However, the Des Moines Register decided that it should peer into his past social media activity for no discernible reason, and found a few tweets where King had quoted comedian Daniel Tosh and informed King that they were going to expose these tweets in their story about him. King got out ahead of the Register and made the announcement himself, causing Anheuser-Busch — who had promised to match King’s charitable giving — to cut ties with him.
Busch said it would keep its promise to give the money to charity, but would not work with King any longer.
Internet sleuths went into the Des Moines Register reporter’s own social media history and found nasty tweets of his own, including tweets about teaching kids to do drugs and prostitute themselves, as well as hatred toward police. The Des Moines Register said that it was “investigating” the reporter.
In the end, King came out looking like a hero and the media, once again, ended up with even more egg on its face.
A happy ending indeed.