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8/28/2018

Mike Cernovich and Gateway Pundit Publish Fake News About Shooter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 7:58 am

A Gateway Pundit post on the recent shooting at a gamer gathering accused the shooter of being hostile to Trump. The post was bullshit pushed by Mike Cernovich and has been washed away. The person they accused has since posted that he is not the shooter.

The post bears the URL https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/08/jacksonville-shooter-was-member-of-anti-trump-resistance-referred-to-trump-supporters-at-trumptards-murdered-4-people/. No hint of the original post remains, save an UPDATE at the bottom:

UPDATE: An anonymous Reddit user was mis-identified in an earlier post.

This is what Gateway Pundit does when one of its breathless posts turns out to be an utter fabrication. Fortunately, one of those sites that scrapes content reproduced the post and I took a screenshot:

Screen Shot 2018-08-28 at 7.09.10 AM

One of our commenters who inhabits the fever swamps (the same commenter who repeated the falsehoods about my friend Henry Kerner) fell for this. So I figured I would perform a public service by correcting it, and mocking the Cernoviches and Gateway Pundits of the world.

By the way, Kelli Ward is on a bus tour with Mike Cernovich. That’s pretty much all you need to know about that garbage candidate.

7 Comments »

  1. Thanks for pointing this out.

    I don’t read Gateway Pundit, and this sort of thing is why – he’s got a history of it. That’s atrociously bad journalism.

    Not quite as bad as we see at CNN, MSNBC, etc, etc, but reprehensibly bad nonetheless.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 8/28/2018 @ 6:45 pm

  2. I’m a moderator of two subreddits. One of them is a book fan subreddit, and it requires virtually no work instead of periodically asking people to cover up their spoilers. the other is a regional subreddit.

    In the six months since I foolishly volunteered for that job, we’ve had a couple of instances where some people tried to post links to personal internet presences (FB pages and the like) of someone they thought were the responsible party for some crime.

    This is like the #1 thing you cannot do. It will get your posts removed *immediately on sight*. We all remember Boston.

    Comment by aphrael — 8/28/2018 @ 6:48 pm

  3. Yes hoft has made mistakes, but compared to Ross or lictblau or any of the other named bylines who have a taste for shoe leather.

    Comment by Narciso — 8/29/2018 @ 6:31 am

  4. Imagine what free speech would look like if you were in charge.

    Comment by DRJ — 8/29/2018 @ 8:09 am

  5. Hoft earned well his title of “stupidest man on the Internet” and if you believe anything that comes out of his mouth or his blog as anything but hyper-Partisan trash you’re a fool.
    On another note, there is a real-live storefront-adjacent raging on your board on the other side of this blog. The host booted one nazi already this week – looks like there is a bit of an infestation.
    Narciso – you think “mischling” should be common every-day term in polite conversation?

    Comment by TomM — 8/29/2018 @ 4:30 pm

  6. Or are you one of those “I’m not afraid of words” kind of guy ?

    Comment by TomM — 8/29/2018 @ 4:33 pm

  7. Whoops,
    That’s Stormfront
    Steep Nomad seems to be a friend – or just willing to listen.

    Comment by TomM — 8/29/2018 @ 7:51 pm

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