Michelle Malkin: False accuser Shaun King’s record of harm
This weekend, “journalist, activist and humanitarian” Shaun King gave the keynote speech at the annual Innocence Network Conference in Atlanta. The theme of the event, whose attendees work to prevent and undo wrongful convictions, is “The Presumption of Innocence.”
It was just three months ago that King recklessly exploited the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston, Texas, to stoke racial fear and hatred. The little girl and her family, who are black, got caught in crossfire in a Walmart parking lot. The Black Lives Matter activist and columnist for the Intercept immediately pounced — using his huge Twitter platform to cast the incident as a racial hate crime. King splashed a photo of Robert Cantrell, a white man who had been arrested for robbery the same day as the Barnes shooting, all over social media.
“We’ve had 20 people call or email us and say he is a racist, violent (expletive) and always has been. Just tell me everything you know,” Social Justice Detective King incited on Twitter. Cantrell’s family members faced vitriol and death threats online as a result of the irresponsible gossip-mongering. After two black men were arrested for the murder, King sputtered to save his reputation — first by claiming credit for passing on a tip that led to the arrests , and then by doubling down with a fake-but-accurate defense.
“We live in a time where somebody could do something like this based purely on hate or race,” he smugly argued. “And that it turned out to not be the case I don’t think changes the devastating conclusion that people had thought something like that was possible.”
This is race-hustling cynicism at its worst. It’s par for the twisted course for King, who is a serial apologist for treating people as guilty until proven innocent and for threatening those who call him out.
In May 2018, the Lyin’ King led the witch hunt against innocent white Texas state Trooper Daniel Hubbard by spreading the false claims of a black woman who lied about Hubbard raping her during a traffic stop. King’s reward? Moving up from the New York Daily News to a coveted position at the Harvard-affiliated Fair Punishment Project, which in part conducts research to prevent more wrongful convictions.
In 2015, King gloried in the wrongful rape convictions of former Oklahoma City police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, whose flawed case and forensic errors led six internationally renowned scientists to call for a retrial. He has failed to follow up because, of course, the truth doesn’t fit his narrative.
The “journalist” also maintained the same obstinate stance after his disgraceful sliming of football star Peyton Manning in 2016, when he attempted to ride the #MeToo publicity wave by recycling — and woefully misinterpreting — a 13-year-old court filing regarding a settlement with a female trainer who had claimed she was sexually harassed, and then changed her story seven years later. Instead of admitting error, he played victim.
It’s disturbing enough that King is being honored at the Innocence Network Conference. Even worse, King heads up a publication called The North Star, which purports to “speak truth to power” and is aimed at young people of color.
This malicious individual who has repeatedly profited from undermining the presumption of innocence has no place pretending to defend it. That’s speaking truth to power.
Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, syndicated columnist, author and Fox News Channel contributor.