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April 02, 2015

Memories Pizza Story Was Literally Fabricated Out of Nothing by an Axe-Grinding, Attention-Seeking Reporterette & Silly Shit Local TV News Station

If you didn't know this -- I assumed it, but it's good to have it known, on the record-- Memories Pizza didn't actually discriminate against anyone, nor even publicly announce their desire to discriminate.

What happened was that an axe-grinding, social-justicing, attention-whoring reporterette for a local tv station decided to just start walking into pizza places and asking them, preposterously, if they would sell pizza (?) to a gay wedding (??!!!).


Worse than that, their first headline on this story was completely false:

"RFRA: First Michiana business to publicly deny same-sex service"

This is not true; this is, in fact, libel. They specifically said they would serve any customers coming through their doors, including gays; they said they would only not agree to cater (preposterously, again) a gay wedding.

They deliberately libeled these people. And they weren't alone. Buzzfeed, of When Does The Plane Land? fame, used this headline:

Indiana Pizzeria Owners Say They'd Deny LGBT People Service

With the subhead,

The internet shows its wrath

just in case you weren't sure that this is some more of that Bang-Bang Action Politics!, with plenty of drama and Social Media Buzz, that retarded children enjoy.

Scott Ott's story was the original:

If I were forced to mark out a story line, it would be this: A nice lady in a small town tries to be helpful and polite to a lovely young reporter from "the big city."

In other words, Memories Pizza didnít blast out a news release. They didn't contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didnít even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day -- who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.

Next: ABC-57 anchor Brian Dorman leads the evening newscast dramatically with this:

Only on ABC-57 News tonight. We went into small towns looking for reaction to the Religious Freedom Act. We found one business, just 20 miles away from a welcoming South Bend...with a very different view.

...

Not only did ABC-57 News create that story ex nihilo (out of nothing), but the next day, the stationís Rosie Woods reported on the social-media backlash against the Christian pizza shop owners.

"Our Facebook page has been blowing up with comments after we aired that story last night," said Woods....

You see, not only did ABC-57 manufacture the story with an ambush interview, it then doubled-down by making the reaction to the story into another story to give the sense of momentum, as if it were growing at its own impetus. Yet, everything about it is a fabrication....

Back in the ABC-57 studio, Rosie Woods read three negative social media comments attacking the pizza shop owners, and then said, "And that's just one side of this debate thatís heating up as more people and business owners speak up about the law."

She then quotes one (1) person, the owner of another business, who agreed with the OíConnors. Seems that "just one side of this debate" deserves more attention than the other.

I would sue. I really would. I would sue Buzzfeed and that local station, and anyone else who started off their reporting with that deliberately libelous but oh-so-virally-clicky headline.


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