Monday, January 9, 2017

Alt-Right once again caught spreading fake news by claiming Ft Lauderdale shooter was a registered citizen. But that's not even the most bizarre part of the story

Now look, we give the mainstream media here a lot of flak, and they make good cannon fodder for this award, but over the past year, I've had the chance to see (and deride) the alternative, specifically the "alt-right," who seemingly have less reason to fact check before publishing steaming piles of bovine excrement. 

I have pretty much figured out how this happened. You see, FloriDUH is one of only a handful of states that publishes their registry info in a way that comes up in a Google search. (Normally you have to go to a state registry website to pull up the information.) Some Alt-Right wacko googled the name, found some guy who just happened to have a similar name, and then use the first pic he found to create a fake news story. I believe whoever started this didn't make an honest and simple mistake in an attempt to be the first to post news, like the mainstream media may do. This was intentionally false in order to advance the Alt-Right agenda. 

My biggest worry is that someone targets the registrant because some Alt-Right schmuck believes the fake news propagated by the Alt-Right media. Remember the guy who shot at a pizza joint to rescue non-existent sex trafficking victims? has already exposed this farce, too. 

Alt-Right Frames Wrong Esteban Santiago for Shooting, Kickstarts Racist Conspiracy Theory
As soon as the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter’s identity emerged, so did the alt-right’s racist conspiracy hoaxes.

01.06.17 5:40 PM ET

Far rightwing figureheads immediately invented an elaborate and racist conspiracy theory that CNN had lightened a photo of alleged Fort Lauderdale airport shooter Esteban Santiago shortly after the Friday attack.

In reality, CNN had yet to air a picture of Santiago, let alone lightened a picture of him. The conspiracy also used a picture of an entirely different man named Esteban Santiago—not the alleged shooter.

Still, writers at websites like InfoWars and Gateway Pundit tweeted about CNN’s nonexistent Photoshop job. Former Republican Florida Congressman Allen West, who represented Fort Lauderdale itself, even tweeted about the conspiracy and linked to an article about it on his own website.

“Why is CNN attempting to make the shooter look more white? Bizarre,” reads InfoWars editor Paul Joseph Watson’s tweet, which had 3,500 retweets at press time.

Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft even wrote a story about the so-called incident, titled “Look How CNN Doctored Photo of Ft. Lauderdale Shooter Esteban Santiago,” which had 2,500 shares in its first hour on Facebook, according to BuzzSumo.

“It appears CNN doctored the photo to make the suspect look more white,” wrote Hoft. “Sad.”
The attached picture, which was neither aired nor lightened by CNN, is of a 39-year-old Esteban Santiago, who lives in New York state. The image was pulled from a Florida sex offender registry.

Instead, the Esteban Santiago who shot 13 people and left five dead in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport on Friday was born in New Jersey and spent the last several years living in Anchorage, Alaska. According to officials, he is 26, not 39, and is currently in police custody.

A real image of the shooter circulated on the internet hours later, confirming that he is not the 39-year-old Santiago showed in Watson’s tweet and Gateway Pundit’s article.

Alt-right Twitter accounts appear to have helped create the confusion. After media personality Tariq Nasheed tweeted, “there are reports that the identity of one of the Ft. Lauderdale shooting suspects is a white Hispanic named Esteban Santiago,” verified alt-right Twitter user @BakedAlaska tweeted a screenshot of Nasheed’s tweet, along with a picture of the wrong Santiago.

“Esteban Santiago is not white. He’s hispanic,” wrote @BakedAlaska, whose real name is Tim Treadstone and recently made headlines for anti-Semitic comments.

Hoft’s story links to a tweet by the user @alphakangz, whose account has only existed since November.

“UNDOCTORED PHOTO vs. photo @CNN USED PHOTO of Esteban Santiago, the alleged FLL airport shooter #FortLauderdale pray for the victims,” the account tweeted.

Minutes later, a copy of the lightened photo of the 39-year-old Santiago, falsely claiming CNN attribution, appeared on Watson’s Twitter feed.

Update 6:31 p.m.: Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft emailed The Daily Beast about an hour after this story's initial publication.

"I pulled the post," he said.

The Daily Beast reached out to Watson for comment. His tweet is still visible on his account.

1 comment:

  1. Damn I thought mass shooters are the most hated people. But then again its a war between which mental insanity is superior at this point.