American news magazine Newsweek retracted a headline Tuesday that incorrectly claimed author and Daily Wire host Candace Owens said transgender surgery turned the Nashville shooter into a monster.
As the nation mourned the murder of three children and three adults at the hands of a 28-year-old mass shooter inside the Covenant School, a Presbyterian preschool through 6th-grade institution in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville, the news outlet published an article early Tuesday morning smearing Owens in the headline.
Newsweek originally published the headline: “Candace Owens Says Transgender Surgery Made Nashville Shooter Into Monster.” By Tuesday afternoon, Newsweek issued a retraction, admitting the inaccuracy of the headline.
“Great news! @Newsweek has issued a retraction and changed the hideous lie of a headline which was written by one of their many lying LGBTQ activists, @shannonjpower,” Owens said in a tweet. “I will not tolerate blatant smears against me meant to inspire violence against my family. ”
Newsweek crafted the false headline based on a quote tweet Owens posted that showed transgender activists assaulting right-wing YouTube personality Alex Stein at a rally, which made no mention of the Nashville shooter in the tweet.
“When you play Frankenstein with people’s body’s parts, you can’t be surprised when they behave like monsters,” Owens said in the quote tweet from filmmaker Mike Cernovich. “A person willing to execute violence upon his/her own body will not hesitate to impart violence onto someone else’s.”
Owens later called out pop culture and entertainment reporter Shannon Power, warning her to look out for her lawyer’s cease and desist letter regarding the “FLAGRANT LIE of a headline.”
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