Media Spreads #FakeNews: Florida Shooter was ‘White Supremacist’

In the tradition of “conservatives believe what they see and liberals see what they believe”, there had to be a link between Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz and anything conservative, “white supremacist” or even President Trump.

It started out as a prank that sucked in an attention-seeking nobody and a dim ABC millennial; a prank the so-called media “adults” fell for because they wanted it to be true.

   

With that, it only required shoddy journalism, mouths full of red meat, and the usual suspects running with their hopes.

Florida White Supremacist Group Admits Ties to Alleged Parkland School Shooter Nikolas Cruz

The irony coming from anything “anti-defamation….

ABC News: Florida school shooting suspect linked to white supremacist group
TIME: Accused Shooter Nikolas Cruz Was a Member of White Supremacist Group
Slate: Nikolas Cruz Was a Member of White Supremacist Group Republic of Florida
NY Magazine: Florida School Shooter Linked to White Supremacist Group
Daily Beast: White Supremacists Claim Nikolas Cruz Trained With Them; Wore Trump Hat
TMZ: Nikolas Cruz Trained with White Supremacists; Leader Confirms Affiliation
The Hill: Florida school shooter belonged to white supremacist group, leader claims
Salon: White supremacy group: Florida school shooter was a member
Think Progress: Parkland shooting suspect is a potential tie to right-wing extremists.
Newsweek: What Is the Republic of Florida? Cruz Linked to White Supremacist Group
AOL: School shooter has ties to white supremacist group in Florida

Now how was it that so many got it wrong so many hours ago and at least one got it right?

Mother Jones: Florida Sheriff: No Known White Supremacist Connection in School Shooting

The New York Times issued a half-assed explanation only after the damage was done.

On Thursday, Jordan Jereb, a leader of a white supremacist group based in North Florida, told The Associated Press that Mr. Cruz had joined the group, but later Mr. Jereb said that he did not know whether that was true. Sheriff Israel said he could not confirm any ties Mr. Cruz might have had to white nationalists.

It was unclear whether the profile picture for that account, a face nearly entirely covered with a “Make America Great Again” hat and large bandanna, was an image of Mr. Cruz.
New York Times, 2/15/18

Back in the day, no reputable news organization would repeat the story of another for precisely the “What if they got it wrong” possibility, which sure was the case here. Then again, ideology and finding a way to tie this all to the right was the clear objective in many national newsrooms. It’s like these people were mentally unaware when ABC’s Brian Ross pulled the same stunt in Aurora.

It also didn’t take long for our nation’s arbiter of what-is-hate to attempt to monetarily exploit via email while much of the nation is in mourning.

Uh oh. Time for a correction… while keeping hope alive!

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No, I think we’ve all had enough.

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