WaPo reporter defends Vox claim Hong Kong protesters inspired by #Ferguson


Another Vox article is currently being relentlessly mocked.

What’s the latest embarrassment? Vox.com insinuated that demonstrators in Hong Kong using the “hands up” gesture were inspired by protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery helped Vox falsely link the two:

w/Hong Kong protesters now using it up as rallying cry, good time to re-read @mattdpearce on "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" http://t.co/SQScPkUX6g

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

Have always been fascinated by the "hands up, don't shoot" chant. If one point of chant is to elicit empathy, it works almost perfect.

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

Unlike other, more militant chants ("no justice, no peace"), the chant born from Ferguson gives critics nothing to scoff at

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

Nobody ever put their hands up and said “don’t shoot” before Ferguson?

Any claims that the “hands up” gesture from demonstrators in Hong Kong are inspired by Ferguson protesters aren’t true:

No connection between Hong Kong protesters and Ferguson “hands up don’t shoot” http://t.co/ASK1PIPTHn pic.twitter.com/U9a1Uwmmto

— Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) September 29, 2014

But after he was called on it, Lowery continued to defend the position:

Why am I not surprised that @WesleyLowery fell for the made up claim that Hong Kong protestors were mimicking the Ferguson protest?

— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 29, 2014

@AG_Conservative no one "fell" for a story. Whether purposeful or not, the chant and gesture have been exported – which is powerful

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

It’s been “exported” to Hong Kong? Keep spinning.

@AG_Conservative you're too dense to understand though

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

@WesleyLowery As usual, you are making things up. Where is there evidence the chant was "exported"? No proof it was used even once in HK.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 29, 2014

Dear @WesleyLowery, you're embarrassing yourself with this tweet. "Hands up" were exported? Are you insane? @AG_Conservative

— RB (@RBPundit) September 29, 2014

@RBPundit @AG_Conservative nothing embarrassing about a handful of dense hacks purposefully misreading things to level personal attacks

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

It isn’t inaccurate reporting, it’s just that people are reading it wrong. Got that?

.@WesleyLowery @RBPundit You make up a claim about the chant being "exported" and we are the hacks? Lol ok

— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 29, 2014

Where's your evidence that the protesters in Hong Kong are even aware of the protesting styles in Ferguson? @WesleyLowery @AG_Conservative

— RB (@RBPundit) September 29, 2014

@RBPundit @AG_Conservative as I noted last night – we don't know that at all https://t.co/iloUn3vkxp

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) September 29, 2014

.@WesleyLowery Alright. Then a simple "I was wrong" would be nice. @AG_Conservative

— RB (@RBPundit) September 29, 2014


@EdB_Ohio @RBPundit @WesleyLowery Yep. it's hilarious. Some people don't know how to stop digging.

— AG (@AG_Conservative) September 29, 2014

According to the lefty US Media, from this day forward, anyone who puts their hands up in the air is doing so in solidarity with Ferguson.

— RB (@RBPundit) September 29, 2014



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