Author Stephen King Apologizes For Tweeting ‘Fake News’ About Ron DeSantis

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0

Horror author and prominent liberal Twitter keyboard warrior, Stephen King, went viral for blasting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over a false news story.

“I deleted a tweet about Ron DeSantis requiring notice of political views of students and teachers,” King tweeted on Saturday. “That really was fake news. Sorry.”

In King’s initial post to his 6.7 million followers, the “It” author shared an article dating back to June 2021, from progressive political news site, Salon. 

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“DeSantis signs bill requiring Florida students, professors to register political views with state,” the headline read. “I. Can’t. Even.” King captioned the story, which got over 20,000 retweets. 

King was floored by the article, but his outrage was unfounded, as PolitiFact had already debunked the Salon piece as false at the time, as HB 233 requires the state’s public colleges and universities to administer a survey about “intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity,” but does not require students or faculty to participate or declare their political views. 

Salon changed the title of the article to “DeSantis signs bill requiring survey of Florida students, professors on their political views,” after determining the headline “conveyed a misleading impression of what the Florida law actually said, and did not live up to our editorial standards,” according to CNN.

“I regret having posted the headline without being more confident the story was correct,” King told the publication. “Salon is usually more reliable. Twitter is a constant learning experience, and I will try to do better.” 

While the “Fire Starter” author was contrite about sharing a debunked story, he had no qualms about gunning for the Florida governor. “DeSantis is still a jerk. That isn’t fake news,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet on Saturday. 

King went after DeSantis on Twitter last August, when he wrote: “DeSantis policies are right-wing “the individual rules and to hell with what happens” policies. They are turning a beautiful state into a big ICU ward where even healthy people can barely breathe.”

“I do not understand why the public or reporters would look to fiction writers for insights on infectious disease and environmental issues,” DeSantis’ press secretary responded at the time.

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Jawad
Jawad
1 month ago

Well, if DeSantis is a jerk, then Mr. King, you do not age well: you have become a caricature of yourself. .Did the famous auto accident damage your frontal lobe?

Oat 55
Oat 55
1 month ago

The majority of all Americans know that 99.9% of stories, articles or videos leftist socialists democrats, are made up fake lies, which is the only skill they retain, like you, Mr. King, who is really the jerk.

AllNotWell
AllNotWell
1 month ago

I think the infighting I enjoy observing the most, though, is among the so-called “woke.” (I repeat how much I hate that term. You are not “woke” if you repeat the fact-free platitudes of the established culture. You are asleep.)

Gerry
Gerry
1 month ago

Anyone who tweets fake news is a true jerk. That’s not fake news. One point in your favor for correcting yourself but take away 10 points for the cheap shot after you effed up.

Larry
Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Gerry

That would be 99.9% of the leftist. They have a really problem with the truth, they think that they are the truth when they are the fakes.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Gerry

Sorrier to have been caught spreading the lie than for professing the lie.

Jeff Doto
Jeff Doto
1 month ago

King is just a little dark man. Thats all he`ll ever be.

Larry
Larry
1 month ago

King should be apologizing for his books…he has all his stories about whites being the monsters or them being attacked by them. Why doesn’t he show how there are blacks being the monsters? Maybe he needs to go stay in Chicago for just one or two weekends

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