“Media” prints false information about Oath Keepers…again.
A group (that was unknown to Oath Keepers) announced a protest for Saturday, August 25 at Chapel Hill, NC, over the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument being torn down. A left wing “media” source used information from a facebook livestream to quote someone who claimed to be the leader of an Oath Keepers group. They published, as truth, information from a random facebook video. That information has traveled through various mainstream media sources. However, this person and group are not affiliated with Oath Keepers and never have been. They were using the trademarked Oath Keepers name without our knowledge or permission.
We found out about the group and their supposed “Oath Keepers” call to action the day before the event, and we did some research to find out who these people were. We privately sent the group leadership a demand to stop using our trademarked name. Friday evening, the group did a livestream video discussion. They said they had received our request, knew that Oath Keepers was trademarked, never planned to join Oath Keepers (just liked the name), and agreed to change their group’s name. This group’s new name is on their facebook page and on their livestream video of the protest on Saturday. We appreciate their taking care of this matter so quickly.
The name “Oath Keepers” can only be used with the permission of the national Oath Keepers leadership, and by authorized Oath Keepers chapters and members. It’s just like any other trademarked name. It’s legally protected. And a national “Call to Action” for an event can only be done by Oath Keepers national leadership. This has nothing to do with anyone keeping their oath as that is strongly encouraged for absolutely everyone. It’s about the unauthorized use of the organization’s name.
This is not the first time that various media organizations have neglected to verify the information they’re printing, especially in regards to Oath Keepers.
Situations like this seriously hurt the media’s credibility because they are printing, and relentlessly re-printing, false information.