Sikh Temple murderer Wade Page shown here killing a guitar solo
PC: Photo obtained through suspect's Myspace profile
Few things in life are ever really certain, but one thing’s for sure – you don’t want to piss off a metal band! And leave it to media punching-bags CNN to do just that.
Fresh off their false reporting on “The Affordable Care Act,” the 'most trusted name in news’ incorrectly ran a story that lumped hardcore metal band Hatebreed among the “100 to 150 white power bands... in the United States," – and the Connecticut-based band is not taking it lightly.
The error in question occurred when the article’s author, Anti-Defamation League’s Lonnie Nasatir, was trying to explain the “white power” music scene that recent mass murderer Wade Page was known to be a part of and included the band among it.
For those of you unfamiliar with the killings that took place this past weekend, Page – a 40 year old United States Army veteran – gunned down six people during an August 5th rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page was well known for his ties with the white supremacist movement and was reportedly a member of two bands belonging to the “white power” music scene… and then somehow Hatebreed got tossed in there as well.
It did not take long for the band to take to Twitter in order to publically call out the cable news channel for their error.
"Again @CNN loses all respect,” tweeted the band. “First they ignore the #FREERANDYBLYTHE story now they slander us. Writers like Lonnie Nasatir are the reason why the American media is looked at as a complete joke. Shame on @CNN & @chicagoadl @cnnopinion. We demand a retraction & an apology."
And CNN did just that, updating their story soon after the band had a strong response through their Twitter account, posting: "A previous version of this commentary incorrectly included the band Hatebreed in a list of white power bands. Hatebreed is a self-described 'hardcore metal' band. CNN regrets the error."
The band acknowledged the correction but changed little of their opinion on the cable network.
"Some things CNN & Lonnie Nasatir forgot to include in their story,” tweeted the band. “Hatebreed have been nominated for a grammy, sold over a million albums and have toured all over the globe with bands like Ozzy, Slipknot, Lamb Of God & many others. We regret that they & the ADL - Anti-Defamation League (Chicago) allow such lazy journalism in their ranks."
Although the boys of Hatebreed will assuredly get passed this little mix up with virtually no negative repercussions, the same probably can’t be said about CNN. It’s kind of a blow to that hard earned credibility when you make those sloppy mistakes, even if it’s simply glossing over a band the writer probably had never heard of – especially if your motto reads, “the most trusted name in news.”