In an article on the “God, Country, Family” tour, the Missoulian gave its readers a crash course on how fake news is made.
During a speech made by state senator Theresa Manzella commenting on the LGBTQ lobby, she remarked,
Now, they [the LGBTQ lobby] like to play the “protected class” card, and [that] they’re the minority, and [that] they’re discriminated against, and [that] they’re scared to walk down the street hand-in-hand and… I gotta tell ya, I think those are normal consequences associated with the choices they’re making. We don’t prevent them from doing that.
The Missoulian subsequently inserted the context they must have assumed Manzella left out, and that their readers would believe that the senator would advocate for threatening violence against LGBTQ people within a speech where she said specifically that, “We don’t prevent them from” living their lives.
The Missoulian wrote (emphasis ours):
Manzella went on to say that members of the LGBTQ community like to “play the protected class card,” 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲’𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲.“I’ve got to tell you, I think those are normal consequences associated with the choices they made,” Manzella said.
Notice how they inserted the idea of violence into her words to make it sound like she said the fear of violence was a “normal consequence” when she clearly was referring to the irrational fear of LGBTQ couples claiming to be scared to walk down the street hand-in-hand.
Hear the quote in context:
Will the Missoulian retract their smear?