Right-Wing Site Smears David Hogg as a Liar, Blames Mistake on 'Confusing' Video Clip
David Hogg, one of the most prominent student activists to emerge following the Parkland shooting, has become a favorite target of conservative commentators who oppose gun control.
The most recent smear came from the conservative publication Red State, which suggested Hogg may not have actually been at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting.
Writer Sarah Rumpf quoted a section of a recent CBS documentary on the shooting in which Hogg describes biking to school on the day of the shooting to interview people and get their reactions to the incident. She said this statement contradicted Hogg's earlier account given to the Associated Press, in which he described being at school when the shooting started.
"It is not possible for him to have been in class and also have been at home, a three-mile bike ride away from campus," Rumpf wrote. "One of those stories is a lie. Hogg should explain himself, and quickly."
Here's what actually happened: Hogg went home after the shooting, and returned to the school later in the evening to conduct interviews with bystanders. Hogg's statements were consistent, and there was never a legitimate reason to suggest otherwise.
Red State has since corrected the article. However, it blames the error on CBS. A new headline says: "UPDATE: CBS Video Confusing. Hogg Was On Campus."
"I am sorry for the error," Rumpf said on Twitter. "I have updated the post but left the original text in strikethrough for transparency's sake."