Fake news report – Case studies

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A supplement to SaveTheWest’s special report: “Fake news: What it is, tips for spotting it, and how to stop its spread”


By Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest.com

Case studies

(1) “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” (shared by President Trump)

(2) “The GOP Has A Nazi Problem” (published by HuffPost)

(3) Democrats perpetrate almost all mass shootings (published by Ted Nugent, others)

(4) “Sweden Legalizes Child Marriages For Immigrants”

(5) Justin Trudeau: “If you kill your enemies, they win”

(6) Elizabeth Warren: “If women need to be raped by Muslims to prove our tolerance, so be it”

(7) Tariq Ramadan: “We are not here to adopt Western values, we are here to colonize”

(8) “Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members”

(9) “BREAKING: Ted Nugent Hospitalized After Being Attacked By ‘Tolerant Liberals’ At A Charity Event”

(10) “Israeli troops kill Palestinians, harvest organs” (published by HuffPost)

(11) “13,506 Marines applied to work the White House last week. None applied over the last eight years, they had to be assigned!”

(12) “Bombshell: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook (published by Breitbart)

(13) “Ever since his election in 2005, [Mahmoud] Abbas has rejected violence” (published by The Economist)

(14) Trump: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

(15) Soros: “I am going to bring down the United States by funding black hate groups… they are the easiest to manipulate”

(16) “ICE confirms that deadly CA fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops, ignoring ICE detainer requests each time” (published by Breitbart, others)

(17) “WATCH: Muslim mobs armed with machetes and bats terrorize London’s largest Jewish community” (published by Pamela Geller)

(18) “Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, Destroy Tipis and Are Burning What Remains”

(19) “U.S. Government Just Declared WAR On Native Americans, State Gives Cops the Green Light To Shoot DAPL Protesters On Sight”

(20) HuffPost perpetuated the lie that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Congress’s invitation to address it, before President Obama had been notified

(21) “Polish first lady passes over Trump’s handshake” (published by the Washington Post)

(22) “There is no reproductive freedom without Net Neutrality” (published by NARAL, and shared by “social justice attorney” Sandra Fluke)


(1) “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” (shared by President Trump)

The focus of the case studies on this page is on those who create fake news, not those who share it on social media or through other means. This is in accordance with our definition of fake news.

However, when one of those “sharers” is the President of the United States, who has 44 million Twitter followers, that presents a special circumstance, causing us at SaveTheWest will classify him as a fake news creator, because whatever he Tweets is assumed to be truthful and contextual. Given this policy, we will call out President Trump for items he publishes that are demonstrably untrue, in our roster of “Fake news – Case studies.”

On November 29, 2017, President Trump shared three items on Twitter, including the following video, which was titled:

“VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”

Here is a screencap of Trump’s re-Tweet:

The reality is that the perpetrator was neither a Muslim, nor a refugee, as confirmed by this Tweet from the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC:

The source of this Tweet, Jayda Fransen, is one of the leaders of a group called Britain First, which is widely decried as a racist, anti-Muslim activist group.  She also uses a fake picture of her appearing to stand hand-in-hand with President Trump on her Twitter page:

President Trump’s retweets of Britain First’s falsely-headlined video drew rapid consternation in the American and British press, including Prime Minister Teresa May.  In response, Trump said he didn’t know who Jayda Fransen was prior to sharing her fake Tweet.

Conclusion: It is beyond dispute that many major cities in Europe and elsewhere are experiencing skyrocketing crime rates, attributed largely to migrants from the Middle East and North Africa.  As noted in SaveTheWest’s special report, “Ten vital facts about the refugee crisis that every American should know,” Americans and Western Europeans have been consistently lied to and deceived about this fact from governmental, civic and “news” authorities about migrants, refugees and crime rates.  One example: since Sweden began accepting a practically unlimited number of immigrants from Muslim-majority nations several decades ago, it has become what law enforcement agencies have termed the “rape capital of the West,” and the vast majority of these crimes are perpetrated by migrants and refugees.  Yet this fact is little-known outside law enforcement communities, and is often dismissed by Western “news” figures as “Islamophobia” propaganda.

That said, the American people need to be assured that whatever their president says or publishes is true, accurate and contextual.  Unfortunately, this incident represents one of a series of false statements that President Trump has made, ironically, while at the same time blasting the U.S. news media for engaging in “fake news.”

The effect and implications of this particular incident, however, were so serious that even one of Trump’s most ardent foreign supporters, British journalist and author Melanie Phillips, blasted it as “beyond stupid and reckless”:

Beyond stupid and reckless: Trump’s pathological twitterhoea, by Melanie Phillips, November 29, 2017. Excerpt:

If Donald Trump really did re-tweet those three Britain First videos, I am utterly appalled.

He apparently shared three posts by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain first. The posts included unverified videos titled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”

A story has surfaced that the latter claim is untrue: the attacker was neither a migrant nor a Muslim. (Update: the Dutch government has said merely that he wasn’t a migrant but a Dutch citizen)

Did Trump blindly retweet the US journalist Ann Coulter, who retweeted this video yesterday and has one of the few Twitter accounts that Trump follows?

If so, this is beyond stupid, reckless and reprehensible. Trump has given an enormous boost to a group that should be treated as totally beyond the pale.

Britain First, which campaigns against the Islamisation of the UK, was founded in 2011 by former members of the neo-fascist British National Party. Earlier this month, Fransen was charged with using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” during speeches she made in Belfast. She will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 December.


(2) “The GOP Has A Nazi Problem” (published by HuffPost)

On April 12, 2017, HuffPost published this as its front page splash headline:

That shock headline led to this story page:

The GOP Has A Nazi Problem, by Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post, April 12, 2017. Excerpt:

President Donald Trump continues to employ national security aide Sebastian Gorka despite a parade of evidence tying the counterterrorism adviser to Nazi-linked symbols, far-right politics and anti-Semitic political parties.

But Gorka, who was born in Britain to Hungarian parents in 1970, is far from the first Republican official with these sorts of ties. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, as Eastern Europeans who had fought the Soviet Union — many as part of explicitly Nazi or fascist-aligned groups — immigrated to the U.S., GOP officeholders sought their support.

At the time HuffPost published this “news” story, it knew, or should have known the following:

  • That Dr. Gorka has been one of the most outspoken defenders of Israel and Jews in America, and before that, in England.
  • That this allegation, which originated in a libelous, February 2017 screed in the far-left Jewish Daily Forward, had been repeatedly, substantively debunked in major U.S. media over the previous six weeks — including by Jewish organizations with whom Dr. Gorka has been affiliated.  The following are twelve such articles that obliterated the Forward’s smear, starting with pieces in The Hill and Forbes magazine.  They are presented in chronological order:

EU commissioner defends Trump aide against ‘false’ attacks, by Tibor Navracsics, The Hill, February 27, 2017.

Journalists Beware: Your War On Sebastian Gorka Is Only Hurting You, by Richard Miniter, Forbes, February 28, 2017.

In Hungary, Sebastian Gorka Fought and Tried to Undermine the Anti-Semitism of the Far-Right,
By David Reaboi, PJ Media, February 28, 2017.

Tale of Trump Adviser’s Alleged Nazi Ties Unravels; by Liel Leibovitz, The Tablet, March 16, 2017.

Latest Left-Wing Smear Against Sebastian Gorka Unravels, by Debra Heine, PJ Media, March 16, 2017.

ZOA: FORWARD’S Campaign Calling Trump Aide Gorka Anti-Semitic is a Lie – Gorka is Friend of Jews/Israel, Zionist Organization of America press release, March 17, 2017.

The ‘Forward’ is dead wrong, Gorka is a defender of Israel, Jews, by Bruce Abramson and Jeff Ballabon, The Jerusalem Post, March 17, 2017.

I Denounce the Shameful Slanders Against Sebastian Gorka, Friend of Israel, by David P. Goldman, PJ Media, March 17, 2017.

Sebastian Gorka: A True Friend to Israel and the Jewish People, by Sarah N. Stern, The Algemeiner, March 21, 2017. (Note: Stern is founder and president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, a pro-Israel think tank.)

Anatomy of a Libel: The Forward Deploys the Weapons of Personal Destruction, by Bruce Abramson and Jeff Ballabon, The Jewish Press, March 22, 2017.

Gorka’s Opponents Owe Huge Apology for Distorting His Record, by Bruce Abramson and Jeff Ballabon, NewsMax, March 22, 2017.

The Latest Attack On Gorka Is Another Piece Of Shoddy Journalism, by David Harsanyi, The Federalist, April 4, 2017.


HuffPost apparently commissioned the one-of-a-kind swastika lapel pin depicted in its shock headline to be created, or Photoshopped, as if it were in wide use among Republicans, and proudly, publicly displayed

Further, it should be noted that HuffPost apparently commissioned the lapel pin depicted in its shock headline, showing an American flag and a Nazi flag unified in one metal object, to be made, or photo-manipulated, specifically for this smear article.  We base this allegation on the fact that a Google search of “lapel pin Nazi flag American flag” returned zero relevant results.  We also tried various other search strings, and encountered similar results: nothing.

The bottom line is, that pin apparently does not exist, is not for sale, and no member of the GOP has ever been photographed wearing it.  This image is, apparently, a completely fictitious creation, to advance HuffPost chronic incitement of hatred against anyone to its political right.

The irony: HuffPost is, itself, the West’s largest online inciter of hate against Israel and Jews

Lastly, HuffPost never retracted or apologized for its top-of-the-front-page smear against Dr. Gorka.  Which is grimly ironic, due to the fact that, by virtue of its immense reach and influence, HuffPost itself is a leading online inciter of hatred against Israel and Jews, as SaveTheWest recently documented, and about which major watchdog organizations, and about which top-tier Jewish watchdog organizations, including the ADL, AJC and Simon Wiesenthal Center, have complained:

SaveTheWest’s debut documentary: “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada”

The Simon Weisenthal Center blasted HuffPost for “taking the art of lying to new depths,”

SWC Cooper - takes art of lying to new levels

… and for its false depiction of Israel as a malevolent aggressor.

SWC Cooper - slams contextless headline

Background: Don’t Be Fooled. Hezbollah Is Bigger and Badder Than Ever, Shai Oseran and Stéphane Cohen, TheTower.org, March 2014; Israel takes Hezbollah threats seriously, by Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor.com, March 26, 2015.

On two separate occasions, the Anti-Defamation League slammed HuffPost’s bias as “outrageous”:

ADL-war-push-complaint-2

ADL Dogan complaint

One ADL letter explicitly accused HuffPost of anti-Semitism (first screencap above):

“We are shocked that a version of the anti-Semitic theme that ‘Jews manipulate the U.S. government’ was boldly featured on your site.”

And the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, or CAMERA, exposed and corrected more than twelve false or misleading allegations that HuffPost made in one article, regarding Israel’s efforts to defend itself from Palestinian terrorism:

CAMERA Pillar of Defense debunking

Several independent blogs, Huffington Post Monitor and Huff-Watch, have also documented what they claim to be endemic anti-Semitic bias at HuffPost.

Conclusion

This was a particularly malicious, ugly and incitement-based fake news incident by HuffPost, but certainly not the only one.  This short video exposes more of HuffPost’s endemic lies:


(3) Democrats perpetrate almost all mass shootings (published by Ted Nugent, others)

In recent years, right-wing propagandists have generated social media posts and memes that claim the vast majority of high-profile gun crimes and mass shootings in America are perpetrated by Democrats, or leftists.  Several of the most popular memes are:

On September 13, 2015, musician Ted Nugent personally posted on Facebook this far more comprehensive list of alleged shootings by Democrats and left-wing criminals (which was still posted two years later, on December 7, 2017):

Ted Nugent

In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States – who later died from the wound.
In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.
In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.
In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen , TX.
In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.
In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US …
In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.
In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.
In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown , CT.
As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.

Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns.

*Not one *NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

*SOLUTION:* *It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.*Best idea I’ve heard to date!

Nugent’s Facebook post was shared more than 75,000 times.  Between the content of this post being copied into identical ones, and pasted into emails, combined with the graphic meme variants, this allegation has likely been shared millions of times, and re-shared millions more.

The reality

These claims are almost completely lies.

First, note that there is never any kind of source cited as the basis of the claims — let alone a credible one.  Second, cutting and pasting the copy of the basic claim leads to several comprehensive debunkings of it:

Are These Shooters All Democrats?, by MemePoliceman.com, December 10, 2015.

Is this List of Democrat Shooters Accurate?; A viral list of dozens of shootings purportedly committed by Democrats is based on faulty, inaccurate, and unsubstantiated claims, by Dan Evon, Snopes.com, June 22, 2017. (Note: Snopes has recently come under legitimate criticism for its left-wing bias and other matters; despite this, it often does very good work, as in this instance.)

Conclusion

There has been a documented explosion of political violence by left-of-center partisans in America, and around the world in the last several years.

What distinguishes this wave of violence by leftists is that it is often incited and morally justified by college professors and in some cases, influential “news” organizations.  This “mainstreaming” and “normalizing” of violence is unique to the left; there are no right-wing colleges that are openly facilitating professors and guest speakers who brazenly, emphatically advance violence laden-narratives, like “By Any Means Necessary,” or align with left-wing domestic terrorist groups like ANTIFA:

Criminal Justice Prof Justifies Antifa Violence

Dartmouth Professor Defends Antifa Violence

Some of America’s Top Colleges & Universities Have Allegedly Endorsed the Violent Antifa Movement

Antifa violence forces Berkeley campus police to rethink and modify their tactics

Left-Wing Writer Describes Scalise Shooting as ‘Self-Defense’

Antifa leader, teacher Yvonne Felarca arrested at ’empathy tent’ Berkeley brawl

Domestic Terror Threats: Media Mislead the Public

What is ‘Antifa’? And why is the media so reluctant to expose it?

That said, any criticism of leftists, or Democrats, should be based on demonstrable facts.  To do anything less, or to make up and spread alleged “facts” such as the ones behind this meme, only serves to:

  • Reveal anyone who spreads these lies as either malicious or gullible
  • Place anyone to the left-of-center as a victim of guilt-by-association, giving them the moral high ground
  • Delay the day when we can have an honest, fact-based discussion about the proliferation of leftist violence in America, and beyond

(4) “Sweden Legalizes Child Marriages For Immigrants”

There are lots of valid reasons to condemn what Sweden’s government and “news” industry has done to that once-peaceful nation:

  • Sweden used to be one of the safest, most serene of European countries. Then, a few decades ago, it began accepting a practically unlimited number of immigrants from Muslim-majority nations. Since then, it has become the “rape capital of the West.”

  • The Swedish government now estimates that 25% of women there will be raped, and as research in Norway confirms, almost all of these rapes there are being perpetrated by immigrants from Muslim nations.
  • According to an October 2015 report, Sweden is rapidly heading towards collapse, as the cost and crime associated with immigration from Muslim nations continues to grow exponentially.
  • Major elements of Sweden’s “news” industry have been willfully complicit in whitewashing and denying this cultural assault, and attacking anyone who tries to responsibly voice concern, or opposition to it.

With all that in mind, upon seeing this meme, which I spotted on Facebook on November 27, 2017, one might wonder if Swedish authorities have really sunk so far as to legalize child marriage for (mostly Muslim) immigrants and refugees:

Clicking on that meme led to this page, at something called “EEUUTODAY.com”:

Notice that at the bottom of the page, there is only a canned description of a “news” site, that came with this website template (WordPress) – the publisher didn’t even bother to insert a name into the “About” section at lower left:

The “story” itself reads as follows:

Sweden Legalizes Child Marriages For Immigrants, by “admin”, October 21, 2017.  Excerpt:

Sweden has legalized child marriages for immigrant pedophiles who wish to stay married to their underaged wives.

In a move criticised by many as promoting pedophilia, the Swedish government have defended their controversial decision saying that the huge influx of immigrants from polygamous and ‘sexually diverse’ cultures has resulted in a sensitive ‘humanitarian’ crisis.

“We do not accept or condone child marriages, but the law also states that individual trials should be conducted in each case. Our assessment was that the girls could live with their men during the asylum process,” Karlskrona Social Committee chairperson Ingrid Hermansson said.

Sputniknews.com reports: This approach, however, was not shared by Camilla Brunsberg of the Conservative Party, who contended that the couples should have been dissolved. According to Brunsberg, the girls should have instead been placed in a residential care home for children and young persons, whereas their spouses should have been referred to the Migration Board’s asylum residence. Brunsberg argued that there was no other alternative, as all other solutions implied that Sweden was backtracking in its acceptance of child marriage.

The reality

Just one tiny problem: Sputnik News is an notorious fake news site, that is owned and operated by the Russian government.  As for it, along with RT (“Russia Today”) , another “news” organization owned and controlled by the Russian government, were completed banned by Twitter in October 2017, for spreading fake news.  Further, when one Googles the key quote, allegedly by a Swedish authority: “We do not accept or condone child marriages, but the law also states that individual trials should be conducted in each case. Our assessment was that the girls could live with their men during the asylum process,” not a single one of the 75,000+ returns leads to a credible, recognizable site.

Here is Sputnik’s “source” article:

Embracing New Cultures: Sweden Condones Child Marriage for Immigrants, SputnikNews.com, September 25, 2017.

A Google search of the term “Sweden legalizes child marriage” returns tens of thousands of articles, including from sites that are listed elsewhere on this page of fake-news purveyors — including YourNewsWire, Spesia, BareNakedIslam and others.

Conclusion

While freedom-loving people who are opposed to the systemic abuse and exploitation of children have good reason to be gravely concerned about what Sweden is doing to itself, sharing such incendiary falsehoods, replete with completely unrelated pictures, can only serve to:

  • Call into question the legitimacy of well-researched articles about the situation in Sweden — including the actual phenomenon of underage marriages among Muslims in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Poison the ability of reasonable people from different viewpoints to have a constructive discussion about Sweden’s laws pertaining to immigrants

(5) Justin Trudeau: “If you kill your enemies, they win”

There are abundant reasons for legitimate criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  Most recently, his plan to “re-integrate” at least 60 ISIS terrorists who returned to Canada from Syria, yet are walking around, free, because of his policies, is stirring outrage, just as is his decision to pay tens of millions of dollars to suspected terrorists.

Against that backdrop, I spotted this meme on Facebook on December 2, 2017.  It has been shared thousands of times:

A Google search using the string “If you kill your enemies, they win Justin Trudeau” returns thousands of citations — but not one of them contains a credible link to his having made this statement.

The most notable offender in this regard is The Rebel, a conservative Canadian website that has done some good reporting on actual scandals, and subversive actions by those who whitewash or sympathize with the threat of radical Islam.  In this case, however, The Rebel helped to spread this fake news — via this video, which has been viewed nearly 500,000 times.  See the 5:45 mark, and note that there is no attribution either on-screen for Trudeau’s alleged quote, nor in the text description beneath the video window on the YouTube page.

Conclusion: Posting lies about Trudeau, and quotes attributed to him for which there is no proof:

  • Discredits anyone who posts them
  • Positions him as a “victim”
  • Calls into question substantive criticisms of his actual statements and actions

(6) Elizabeth Warren: “If women need to be raped by Muslims to prove our tolerance, so be it”

There are no shortage of legitimate reasons for criticism of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.  While railing against “the 1%,” she made a fortune from flipping houses for exorbitant profits; she has falsely claimed to be of Native American heritage (and was recently called out by an actual Cherokee woman); not to mention her vehement support for socialist principles.

That said, when I saw this meme on December 2, 2017, it immediately set off red flags in my mind, because despite the plethora of ignorant, bombastic things she’s actually said (like this classic), I could not believe she said this:

“If women need to be raped by Muslims to prove our tolerance, so be it — then thank goodness for Planned Parenthood.”

A Google search of the string “If women need to be raped by Muslims to prove our tolerance, so be it” leads to dozens of “repeaters,” websites on which this quote is attributed to her, but none provide a credible link.

Conclusion: Posting lies about Sen. Warren, and quotes attributed to her for which there is no proof:

  • Discredits anyone who posts them
  • Positions her as a “victim”
  • Calls into question substantive criticisms of her actual statements and actions

(7) Tariq Ramadan: “We are not here to adopt Western values, we are here to colonize”

Tariq Ramadan is, according to research by the Investigative Project on Terrorism and Discover The Networks, has a long history of documented affiliations with radical Islamist organizations, including Hamas, and most recently was placed on suspension from his teaching position, due to multiple accusations of rape.

I spotted this meme on Facebook on October 20, 2017:

A Google search of the string “Tariq Ramadan We are not here to adopt Western values, we are here to colonize” leads to dozens of “repeaters,” websites on which this quote is attributed to him, but none provide a link.  One of the most notable of these sites, in terms of traffic, is Bare Naked Islam, which featured this splash headline:

MUSLIM SUPREMACIST TARIQ RAMADAN says, “We are not here to adopt Western values, we are here to colonize the U.S. (and Canada) and spread Islamic sharia law”

Yet nowhere on the page does Bare Naked Islam provide a credible link to support this allegation.

Conclusion: Posting lies about Ramadan, and quotes attributed to him for which there is no proof:

  • Discredits anyone who posts them
  • Positions him as a “victim”
  • Calls into question substantive criticisms of his actual statements and actions

(8) “Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members”

Robert Mueller has long been a controversial figure within the governmental and legal communities.  Currently the special prosecutor investigating rumors of collusion between presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Russian government, Mueller has surrounded himself with Democratic operatives, some of whom have recently been revealed as hyper-partisan Democrats.

Numerous efforts by Democrats and leftists were mounted in the fall of 2017 to bolster Mueller’s reputation, and obfuscate attention to the drip-drip-drip of revelations of dishonest dealing within both the Department of Justice, and his investigative team.

It was within that context that the following item on Facebook caught my eye, on November 11, 2017 — because on the surface, it is nonsensical: Mueller has neither the mandate, nor the authority to issue indictments against anyone outside the scope of his investigation into President Trump.

Yet who wouldn’t want to see a notable government attorney conclude an nationwide investigation of pedophiles that resulted in nearly 300 indictments?

Note that the “source” of this story is “YourNewsWire.com,” a notorious fake news website.  Clicking on that link led to this “story” page:

Mueller Files 294 Sealed Indictments Against Elite Pedophile Ring Members, by Sean Adl-Tabatabai, YourNewsWire.com, November 10, 2017.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed an astonishing 294 more sealed indictments to Federal Courts around the U.S. against high-level pedophiles operating within Hollywood and D.C.

According to a legal expert, 294 sealed indictments in such a short space of time is completely unheard of.

Halturnerradioshow.com reports: Between the 294 Indictments now located across the country PLUS the 81 in Washington, DC and in Eastern Virginia, that’s almost 400 Sealed Indictments. The lawyer told me this number is “off the charts . . . .no one has seen anything like this.”

This is not dis-info, it is fact. Sealed indictments are verifiable public record. We don’t know whats in them yet, but you can see they are there and it’s sure as heck not normal, it’s unprecedented. There has never been this many at once . . . ever.

Note also that the “source” of this story is “Hal Turner,” whose bio you’d have to see to believe, to grasp how non-credible this entire story is.

Yet as shown on “YourNewsWire’s” page, this “news” story has been shared more than 13,000 times on Facebook alone:

Conclusion: This is fake news, posted by one of the most notorious fake news websites. . Distinguishing this incident, however, is the fact that posting lies to bolster Mueller’s reputation comes at a curious time — when he is coming under severe, justifiable criticism for:

  • The way he is conducting the investigation into alleged Trump collusion with Russians
  • The fact that a high-ranking official in the FBI, who interviewed Sec. Clinton, and played a major role in leading the Trump investigation under President Obama, is being revealed as a hyper-partisan Democrat and Trump-hater

Who benefits from attempting to burnish Mueller’s reputation, through fake news, at this particular moment in time?  We don’t know – but it’s a question worth asking, because this fake news story contains very specific allegations, that are designed to draw the praise of anyone, beyond party politics, to protect children.


(9) “BREAKING: Ted Nugent Hospitalized After Being Attacked By ‘Tolerant Liberals’ At A Charity Event”

Since January 2016, there has been a documented wave, and escalation, of violent attacks and threats by so-called “liberals” in America, against anyone who dares to disagree with them — a number of which were caught on video:

WATCH: El Cajon Protesters Beat & Chase Trump Supporter, by Heavy.com, September 29, 2016.

VIDEO: Anti-Trump Rioters Bash Pregnant Woman’s Car Trapping Her Inside, by Chase Stephens, The Daily Wire, November 15, 2016.

‘I’ve never experienced anything like it’: War photojournalist is hospitalized after savage beating by four anti-Trump activists while covering the protests in Oakland, by Emily Crane and James Wilkinson, Dailymail.com, November 10, 2016.

Every American, regardless of political orientation, has good reason to be shocked and repulsed by so-called “liberal” activists’ initiation of violence.

Spreading fake news about violent “liberal” attacks, however, especially against pop stars, only serves to simultaneously incite hatred on a false basis, while casting doubt on reports of actual incidents.

On December 6, 2017, I spotted this on Facebook:

At the bottom, it indicates the source for this “story” is something called “World-Newss.com” (note the extra “s” in “news”).  Clicking on that “story” led to this page:

At the bottom of the page, is the “source” link, to this page; note that this “story” has been shared nearly 42,000 times in the 12 days since it was published, on November 25, 2017.  Note also that there is no author attributed to this “story,” which employs the term “libtards” to describe Nugent’s alleged attackers:

BREAKING: Ted Nugent Hospitalized After Being Attacked By ‘Tolerant Liberals’ At A Charity Event, November 25, 2017:

Classic rocker and conservative icon Ted Nugent was hospitalized late last night after he was attacked while performing at a charity event. Nugent had just finished praising President Trump’s decision to allow sportsmen to import their trophies from Africa.

Liberal social justice warriors, thinking stopping the ivory trade will somehow stop hunters from taking big game, decided that even though this was a charity event for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine, Ted Nugent had to be stopped.

They rushed the stage and tackled Nugent to the ground, beating and kicking him. Security stopped the attack after about three minutes and 11 libtards were arrested. Nugent went to his hotel with his wife. After a few hours, Nugent was feeling dizzy and nauseous, so they went to the ER at Mercy General.

The Doctor on call admitted Nugent and released this statement:

“MR. NUGENT HAS INTERNAL INJURIES AS WELL AS A CONCUSSION. WHILE HIS INJURIES DON’T APPEAR LIFE-THREATENING, THE FIRST 24 HOURS AFTER THIS SEVERE A BEATING ARE CRUCIAL. HE WILL BE KEPT IN THE ICU IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA. WE HAVE HIS CONDITION LISTED AS GUARDED.”

Ted’s wife, Louanne, says she talked to him before he went under and he was in good spirits. She said he’s strong and isn’t going anywhere. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family, Ted!

At the bottom of this page, is a link to the story’s alleged “source”:

Source : politicstraight.website

That page contains the exact same story, unattributed, with no supporting links.

Proof that this “story” is a complete fake, published by fake “news” sites, and shared by tens of thousands of gullible social media users

All that aside, a simple Google search using the string “Ted Nugent hospitalized liberal attack charity” leads to nearly 23,000 returns — which consist of (a) “repeater” fake sites, and (b) conservative sites that fell for the hoax, some of which notified their readers that they’d been misled.

This “news” story should have never been published anywhere outside of these fake sites, and certainly not shared more than 40,000 times by gullible readers, without checking it out.


(10) “Israeli troops kill Palestinians, harvest organs” (published by HuffPost)

Background: As noted in Case Study 2, HuffPost is one of the Western world’s largest online inciters of hatred against Israel and Jews.

On August 19, 2009, HuffPost published this alleged “news” story on its front page:

harvest-organsThe reality

HuffPost knew, before it published this classic anti-Semitic blood libel, that the “journalist” who wrote this “story” openly admitted — in the story itself — that he had “no idea, no clue” if the allegation is true or not:

Interviewed on Israel Radio on Wednesday, [Donald] Bostrom said he was worried by the allegations he reported but could not vouch for their accuracy. “It concerns me, to the extent that I want it to be investigated, that’s true. But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue,” he told the station.

Also, this picture was completely unrelated to the original story. HuffPost sought out one that would incite the most hatred against Jews.

The original article, which appeared on Sweden’s notorious smear paper, Aftonebet, included several pictures — none of which HuffPost chose to use.  Instead, HuffPost’s editors opted to search for a picture that would add that last bit of anti-Semitic incitement to the “story.” In this case, they found and used one that shows grinning IDF soldiers marching towards the camera, presumably gleeful over having murdered more Palestinians and stealing their organs — and another, which it used to promote this “story” atop its other top story pages of the day, showing an IDF soldier praying next to a tank:

blood-libel-top-page-teaser2

Soon after HuffPost published this “story,” physicians from around the world debunked the medical aspects of it as “impossible,” and the Palestinian family cited in the story claimed they never made this allegation. More debunking here.

HuffPost never published an update to the “story,” nor did it apologize to its readers, to Jews, or to Israel and the IDF. Instead, by the time this SaveTheWest report was written, HuffPost had simply removed it.

Conclusion

Rather than being an isolated incident, this was merely part of HuffPost’s ongoing work to defame Jews — and help incite and justify Palestinian terrorist attacks on them.  For details, see this two-minute trailer from SaveTheWest’s 2016 documentary, “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada”:

Also see:

HuffPost’s use of anti-Semitic bias and incitement to help “sell” the Iran “deal”


(11) “13,506 Marines applied to work the White House last week. None applied over the last eight years, they had to be assigned!”

Soon after President Trump took office in January 2017, numerous variants of the following meme began appearing on social media, making this same, very specific claim:

The memes were posted by numerous parties, among them Conservative Veterans of America, Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (first image), and many other right-of-center sites.

The reality

There is nothing whatsoever to support this allegation.  Neither these memes, nor the comments that users wrote when publishing them, contained a single link (credible or otherwise) to support the claim.

Furthermore:

  • The U.S. military is an apolitical organization, it serves no party or candidate.  Its only mandate is to follow the orders of the Commander in Chief, and their chain of command, to preserve, protect and defend our Constitution.  Any attempt to politicize any branch of the military is an insult to it, and the Department of Defense as a whole.
  • The United States Marine Corps, just like the other branches of our military, is comprised of Republicans, Democrats, independents, and supporters of other minority parties.  The mere suggestion that not a single Marine volunteered for White House duty during President Obama’s two terms is an insult to the entire organization.
  • Given that this is an administrative matter, such requests would not be publicly available, and anyone who discloses such data would be violating any of a number of federal laws.
Conclusion

Whatever fake news memes travel through social media, patriotic Americans should be especially careful to not share fake data concerning the U.S. military. The net result of sharing this fake news meme was only to falsely claim that the U.S. Marine Corps is a highly partisan organization, devoted to serving President Trump, when anyone who knows anything about American soldiers knows that they will faithfully and courageously serve whoever is elected as their Commander in Chief, regardless of his or her party affiliation.


(12) “Bombshell: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook (published by Breitbart)

Background: There are plenty of reasons to oppose Alabama Senatorial candidate Roy Moore – on policy. He has openly called for laws to be passed making homosexuality a criminal offense, and he believes taxpayer-funded institutions, such as courthouses and schools, should display Christian or Judeo-Christian iconography. Further, numerous women have claimed –only since he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate — that Mr. Moore pursued or sexually assaulted them when they were under 18, and he was in his 30s, nearly four decades ago.  While there is no proof for any of these allegations, and they tend to be cast under a pall of suspicion given that these women said nothing over the previous forty years, during his previous campaigns for public office, taken together, all of the above would give any reasonable, Constitutionally-minded American cause for great concern about Mr. Moore.

This incident

On December 8, 2017, Breitbart published the following headline, which was heavily promoted on social media by it and other right-wing websites:

Excerpt from the story, containing the entire, verbatim opening, including a source video from ABC News:

Bombshell: Roy Moore Accuser Beverly Nelson Admits She Forged Yearbook, by John Nolte, Breitbart.com, December 8, 2017.

Beverly Young Nelson has finally admitted that she forged a portion of the infamous high school yearbook that she and attorney Gloria Allred used as proof of her accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

And in yet another blow to the credibility of ABC News, the disgraced, left-wing network downplayed the bombshell by presenting this admission of forgery as adding “notes” to the inscription. Worse still, the reporter actually coaches Nelson, puts words in her mouth, downplay the enormous significance of her deceit.

“Nelson admits she did make notes to the inscription,” ABC News tells us. “But the message was all Roy Moore.”

“Beverly, he signed your yearbook,” ABC News reporter Tom Llamas says.

“He did sign it,” she replies.

“And you made some notes underneath.”

“Yes,” Nelson says.

And then, after a woman admits to forging a document used in a campaign to destroy the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, ABC News quickly moves on as though it is not news of extraordinary consequence.

The reality

Breitbart’s own article reveals the reality behind this shock headline: that its allegation that Beverly Young Nelson “forged” the yearbook is false, fake news.  Here are the facts:

  • The handwriting in the inscription appears to be identical to that of Roy Moore, during the time period in question.
  • The handwriting in the postscript below the inscription, regarding the location and date, is clearly from a different hand.
  • It was incumbent upon Ms. Nelson to state, up front, at the time she put her yearbook into the public domain, that she had added the note beneath the inscription, to memorialize when and where it was written. The fact that she did not calls everything she says into question.
  • The fact that Ms. Nelson was not up-front about the postscript in no way indicates or even suggests that the inscription itself is “forged.”
  • The fact that Ms. Nelson and her attorney, the infamous Gloria Allred, would not allow the yearbook to be examined by a handwriting expert, casts further doubt onto the credibility of their allegations.
Conclusion

There are plenty of good reasons to be dubious of  both Ms. Nelson, and her choice of the notorious Gloria Allred to represent her in this matter.  Had Breitbart just stuck to those verifiable reasons, and the content in its own article, it would have been doing a decent job to frame this new development, regarding the postscript.

Instead, whoever wrote and approved the headline for the article decided to discredit it, and Breitbart itself, by claiming that the yearbook inscription in question — as a whole — was “forged.”

Then, when it was picked up by other sites, such as Gateway Pundit, another popular Trump-supporting far right blog site, it ratcheted up the bombthrowing, and from there, the allegation that “the yearbook was forged” went viral, led in part by the notorious Alex Jones, on Facebook:

UPDATE 1: Several conservative websites, including the Washington Examiner and Twitchy, in addition to PolitiFact, also called out Breitbart for this bombthrowing fake news:

It’s inaccurate to label Moore accuser a ‘forger’, by Becket Adams, Washington Examiner, December 8, 2017.

PSA: No, Beverly Young Nelson did NOT admit she ‘forged’ Roy Moore’s yearbook entry, by Sarah D., Twitchy, December 8, 2017.

No, Roy Moore accuser didn’t admit she forged his signature in her yearbook, by Manuela Tobias, PolitiFact, December 8th, 2017.

UPDATE 2: Gateway Pundit jumps on board — but also makes an excellent point about Facebook’s policies and enforcement

On December 9, 2017, the popular right-wing blog Gateway Pundit published the following headline:

Gateway Pundit and Breitbart Were Right: Allred Lied and Accuser FORGED Signature=> Far Left Politifact and Facebook Need to Issue Correction,

Although this article continues the same, failed argument that Nelson “forged” Moore’s signature, it did make a good point about Facebook’s hyper-biased standards: it removed Breitbart’s and Gateway Pundit’s posts regarding this matter, for violating its policies regarding “fake news” — which we concur it was.  However, if Facebook is going to establish such a standard, it need to enforce it fairly and without bias, which it clearly does not, as SaveTheWest documented in 2016, regarding its willingness to enable Islamist terrorism supporters to post virulent anti-Semitic hate material — but bans their critics:

Why does Facebook enable Palestinians to incite & glorify anti-Semitic terrorism, but bans users who don’t?

Did Facebook’s continued enabling of anti-Semitic terror-incitement groups result in recent attacks?

This phenomenon was preceded by a blockbuster investigative video produced by the Israel Law Center (Shurat Hadin), in January 2016:

 


(13) “Ever since his election in 2005, [Mahmoud] Abbas has rejected violence” (published by The Economist)

On December 7, 2017, The Economist published the following analysis:

The world reacts to Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; A campaign promise kept, a problem aggravated, The Economist, December 7th 2017. Excerpt:

Ever since his election in 2005, Mr Abbas has rejected violence and called upon his people to pursue statehood through diplomacy. Now the calls from within the Palestinian national movement for a return to intifada, ie, a violent uprising, are growing.

Adam Levick, a journalist with CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America), demolished this fake news, at the Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner:

The claim that Abbas has “rejected violence” for the past 12 years mirrors a popular — but completely erroneous — media theme about the Palestinian movement since the death of Yasser Arafat. This narrative is one that was repeatedrecently by former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

But the facts tell a different story.

As his Fatah Party, and countless Palestinian officials, continually incite terror against Jewish civilians, Abbas himself — despite calling for peace at times in English — routinely (in Arabic) glorifies Palestinian terrorists who commit deadly attacks. Abbas has also sent messages to Palestinian society encouraging more violence.

Here are just a few examples:

♦ In 2014, he gave a speech promoting violence in the name of Islam.

♦ That same year, he told Palestinians to use any means necessary to prevent Jews from “defiling” Muslim holy places.

♦ In September 2015, Abbashailed Palestinian rioters on the Temple Mount, saying that any blood spilled in “defense” of the holy site was “pure.”

♦ The following month, Abbas gave a speech justifying violence related to the Temple Mount, including the murder of Israelis, as a legitimate “defense” of Al-Aqsa.

♦ In 2016, he praised as a “martyr” a young Palestinian woman who attempted to kill an Israeli soldier in a car-ramming attack, writing: “We see in her a martyr who watered the pure earth of Palestine with her blood.”

♦ In July 2017, he encouraged ongoing violent rioting over Al-Aqsa, even after Israel removed controversial metal detectors from the Temple Mount; those detectors were installed following a deadly Palestinian terror attack on the compound.

Bottom line: The Economist’s claim that the Palestinian president has “rejected violence” since 2005 fails to pass even the most minimum critical scrutiny.

Conclusion

Unlike many of the fake news sites, and right-wing and left-wing propaganda sites that are featured in the case studies on this page, The Economist is touted as being one of the world’s most trusted news publications.

The fact that The Economist would publish such a demonstrable lie, about a matter so consequential, that whitewashes one of the world’s leading anti-Semitic terrorists, who openly admits he uses billions of dollars in Western “humanitarian aid” money to incite, justify and compensate Islamist terrorism against Jews, reveals the publication for what it actually is: a peddler of terrorism-enabling fake news.


(14) Trump: “If I were to run, I’d run as a Republican. They’re the dumbest group of voters in the country. They believe anything on Fox News. I could lie and they’d still eat it up. I bet my numbers would be terrific.”

This meme has traveled through social media since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2015.  I spotted this on Facebook on November 29, 2017:

There are nearly a dozen variations of this meme; here is a sampling:

The reality

This fake meme has been debunked since 2015 by both right-wing and left-wing websites and fact checkers, including:


(15) Soros: “I am going to bring down the United States by funding black hate groups… they are the easiest to manipulate”

Background

There is no shortage of reasons to be vehemently opposed to radical leftist billionaire George Soros.   Here are some background articles on who he is, what he believes, and what he funds:

Legal Insurrection: The vast left-wing conspiracy got $18 billion more from George Soros

DiscoverTheNetworks: George Soros

DiscoverTheNetworks: Guide To The George Soros Network

Judicial Watch: On Watch: George Soros & Leftist Subversion in Guatemala

This incident

Staring in 2014, numerous variations of memes alleging that Soros said the following in an interview with Germany’s Bild magazine, began appearing on right-wing social media:

“I am going to bring down the United States by funding Black Hate groups. We’ll put them into a mental trap and make them hate White people. The Black community is the easiest to manipulate.”

The reality

Let us divide this alleged quote into two parts: the quote itself, and the allegation that Soros is funding “Black hate groups.”  Here’s what we know:

(1) The quote: It is a fraud.  Soros never said this.  Although a Google search of the string containing the entire quote returns lots of results, none have a link to the alleged Bild source.

(2) The allegation that Soros is funding “Black hate groups”: This is a lot murkier, and the right-wing propagandists have done a lot to further discredit themselves by being all over the map with allegations — but very little demonstrable proof.

The main “source” for this claim is an article in the Washington Times:

George Soros funds Ferguson protests, hopes to spur civil action; Liberal billionaire gave at least $33 million in one year to groups that emboldened activists, by Kelly Riddell, The Washington Times, January 14, 2015.

This claim was then repeated in the Daily Mail (UK), and went viral on social media:

Billionaire George Soros spent $33MILLION bankrolling Ferguson demonstrators to create ‘echo chamber’ and drive national protests, by Kieran Corcoran, Daily Mail, January 16, 2015.

The problem is, the Washington Times article contains not one credible link to support the core allegation, regarding the $33 million. The Daily Beast the concluded that there is absolutely no proof for the $33 million claim:

No, George Soros Didn’t Give $33 Million to #BlackLivesMatter, by Ben Collins, Daily Beast, August 19, 2015.

Then, Breitbart dramatically scaled back the claim, to $650,000 — but again, provided zero demonstrable proof to support  it:

Hacked Soros Memo: $650,000 to Black Lives Matter, by Aaron Klein, Breitbart, August 16, 2016.

Conclusion

Those who care about the U.S. Constitution, civil society and reality-based civic discussions have good reason to be gravely concerned about what Soros and his cabal of radical billionaires are doing to America, sharing such incendiary falsehoods about him can only serve to:

  • Call into question the legitimacy of well-researched articles that describe things that Soros has actually said and done
  • Cast him into the position of a “victim”
  • Poison the ability of reasonable people to have a constructive discussion about Soros

(16) “ICE confirms that deadly CA fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops, ignoring ICE detainer requests each time” (published by Breitbart, others)

Background

There is no shortage of legitimate reasons to be outraged by repeatedly-deported illegal aliens perpetrating horrific crimes in America, due to our lax border security, and “sanctuary city” policies:

Immigrant deported multiple times found not guilty in slaying of Kathryn Steinle

20-Time Deported Illegal Immigrant Convicted Of Sexual Assault, Sodomy Tells Victims’ Families He’ll See Them ‘In Hell’

Illegal Alien Deported 8 Times Killed Two Women

Mexican illegal immigrant ‘raped sleeping 9-year-old girl’

Twice-deported sexual predator re-enters country Tuesday, is arrested Wednesday after break-in

Mexican man charged with raping 13-year-old had 19 deportations, removals

This incident

On December 10, 2017, as the horrifying, week-old California wildfires were spreading, I spotted this “news” story on Facebook.  Note that the “friend” (now unfriended) who posted it, openly admitted, “This is probably not true,” but shared it anyway:

Clicking on that link led to this page, at something called “Prideof-America.org” (see link at lower left of screencap above), a domain that is registered to a user in Kosovo:

Here is the “story” page, which was written by the noted journalist “admin” — and which was shared on Facebook alone more than 18,000 times (see blue box at upper left):

ICE confirms that deadly CA fires were set by illegal alien arrested & released 5 times by sanctuary city cops, ignoring ICE detainer requests each time, posted by admin, December 1, 2017.  Excerpt:

Liberalism kills! The insane immigration policies of the sanctuary state of California have turned tragic once again.

The acting director of ICE has confirmed that not only is the individual responsible for setting many of the fires consuming California an illegal alien, he has been arrested by local Sonoma County police at least five times.

ICE submitted detainer requests to arrest and deport the individual, Jesus Fabian Gonzalez, all five times. All five times the detainer requests were ignored by local police, Gonzalez being released to set more fires and kill more people without so much as a phone call to ICE to honor its detainer requests.

The source cited for this incendiary allegation is a debunked Breitbart story — from October 19, 2017 — six weeks earlier:

Governor Moonbeam Jerry Brown should be sued for this by the families of those who died in the massive California wildfires and by those who lost all they own.

From Breitbart

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”

Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan.

Here is a screencap of the source story from Breitbart — which was shared on Facebook alone nearly 76,000 times (see blue box in upper right):

As we will soon see, the Breitbart story was debunked almost immediately after it was published, by both the Sonoma County Sheriff, and other fact-checkers.  What Breitbart got correct was that the acting director of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement bureau stated that Sonoma County had refused to cooperate with ICE regarding a repeatedly-deported illegal alien, who set fire to a specific property — a trash, in a park, to keep warm.  But Breitbart’s own story indicates that the ICE director specifically stated that he was not accused of having anything to do with the earlier wildfires occurring at that time:

ICE Director: Suspected Wine Country Arsonist Is Illegal Alien Mexican National, by Michelle Moons, Breitbart, October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan confirmed on Thursday that a man arrested in connection with setting a fire in Sonoma County Wine Country is an illegal alien from Mexico who has been twice returned to his “home country.”

Homan also confirmed that ICE has issued detainer requests for Jesus Fabian Gonzalez five times now in the past year alone, including the one issued on October 16 in relation to his most recent arrest on suspicion of arson. All of the arrests were made “by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges,” according to Homan. […]

There were several fires in the region, and it is not clear what role the fires Gonzales allegedly set played in the overall disaster.

Homan’s public statement highlights the lack of cooperation from Sonoma County officials and the devastating wildfires that have ravaged the region:

“Once again, a non-cooperative jurisdiction has left their community vulnerable to dangerous individuals and preventable crimes. ICE lodged a detainer against Jesus Gonzalez with Sonoma County jail officials on October 16, following his arrest on felony charges for maliciously setting fire to a property. This is especially troubling in light of the massive wildfires already devastating the region. Over the past year, ICE has lodged detainers against Mr. Gonzalez after four separate arrests by Sonoma County on various felony and misdemeanor charges. ICE was never notified of Mr. Gonzalez’ various releases. Additionally, Mr. Gonzales has been returned to his home country of Mexico on two separate occasions.

The next day, October 20, The Independent (UK) showed how Breitbart had deliberately conflated two completely unrelated events to construct a “news” story that amounted to fake news:

Breitbart fabricated fake story that immigrant started deadly Sonoma wildfires, says Sherriff; ‘There’s no indication he’s related to these fires at all,’ says Sonoma County Sheriff, by Maya Oppenheim, The Independent, October 20, 2017. Excerpt:

A Sheriff has claimed a Breitbart article claiming an illegal immigrant was arrested in connection with the deadly fires in northern California is “false and misleading”.

Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano discussed the false claim published in the far-right publication, which is run by President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon, at a press conference on Tuesday.

“There is a story out there that he’s the arsonist in these fires,” Sheriff Giordano said at a press conference on Tuesday.  “That’s not the case. There’s no indication he’s related to these fires at all … I wanted to kill that speculation right now, so we didn’t have things running too far out of control.”

He said California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is carrying out an investigation to work out how the fires started and it was not clear whether it was even arson.

“They have not released a cause. We don’t know if these fires were arson or caused by another source,” he said in a statement.

At least 42 people have died since a cluster of deadly wildfires devastated northern California and ravaged the state’s celebrated wine country.

Tony Lopez, a reporter at CBS news, also weighed in on the furore, saying: “Rumour control: a man arrested for starting a small fire in Sonoma Co is NOT connected to the large deadly wildfires in Wine Country.”

Conclusion

As noted earlier, Americans have very good reasons to be concerned about the illegal aliens entering the U.S., and the coddling and protection of those among them who commit crimes, by “sanctuary cities.”

This concern, however, must be based on accurate, verifiable evidence.

This incident of fake news, however, and others peddled by right-wing propagandists, serve only to undermine every legitimate story of crimes committed by illegal aliens, and the need to effectively deal with this problem.  In this incident, shared nearly 100,000 times on Facebook just by “Prideof-America.org” and Breitbart (and who knows how many other times, by other sites), people in America and beyond were flooded with an incendiary allegation that was proven fake within the content of the source article itself.

Further, this incident gave some of the most notoriously irresponsible major “news” organizations the opportunity to attack Breitbart, legitimately, thus enabling them to position illegal aliens as “victims” of such smear campaigns.


(17) “WATCH: Muslim mobs armed with machetes and bats terrorize London’s largest Jewish community” (published by Pamela Geller)

Background

There are many legitimate reasons to be concerned about militant Islamism (Muslim supremacism) in England, and their hatred for, and attacks on Jews — and the UK government’s appeasement-based policies:

ISIS-linked jihadis call for attacks on Jewish targets in the West, singling out U.K., The Foreign Desk, February 27, 2017.

UK Muslims more anti-Semitic than general population, poll finds; A quarter of British Muslims think Jews ‘responsible for most wars’; 40% say they ‘control global affairs’, by JTA (via Times of Israel), April 13, 2016.

Extremists and returning jihadists ‘offered council house bribes to reintegrate,’ The Telegraph, October 29, 2017.

Survey reveals chasm between Muslim values and rest of UK, The Times, April 11 2016.

Being an ISIS martyr is better than success at school or college, Muslim hate preacher ‘told children’, Daily Mail, September 11, 2017.

UK: Welcome Mat for Jihadist, Gatestone Institute report, May 27, 2017.

Political correctness helped cover up child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, Legal Insurrection, August 27, 2014.

This incident

On July 30, 2017, I spotted the following “news” story on Facebook:

A reasonable person who clicks on that item would think that once they get to the source page, they will be able to watch a video featuring that still image. They will not — because as we’ll see, that image is apparently unrelated to this incident, which took place at night.

Clicking on that headline brought the reader to the source “story,” at PamelaGeller.com, which was published on July 24, 2017:

“WATCH: Muslim mobs armed with machetes and bats terrorize London’s largest Jewish community,” by Pamela Geller, PamelaGeller.com, July 24, 2017. Excerpt:

The UK banned me from entering the country because of my support for Israel and my opposition to jihad. But this horror is sanctioned and censored. The UK was once considered the most civilized nation in the world, the land of the Magna Carta; it is devolving into an oppressive, brutal Islamic state.

Muslim youth gangs moved into London’s largest Jewish community with knives, baseball bats, and machetes to beat and terrorize innocent Jews in their own neighborhood.

This member of the LGBT community reports what she saw:

https://youtu.be/NTsOL2FR-kY

Some things to note at this point:

(1) The video above contains nothing but one woman speaking into her phone camera.

(2) There is no image or video that correlates to the picture contained in Geller’s page, purportedly showing, “Muslim youth gangs moved into London’s largest Jewish community with knives, baseball bats, and machetes to beat and terrorize innocent Jews in their own neighborhood” — by daylight.

Instead, further down page, Geller embedded a short video of a massive police presence, which was indeed in Stamford Hill, a predominantly Jewish neighborhood of London, after an incident of vandalism and rioting — at night:

Another source Geller cited is the “European Union Times,” a site of dubious (or worse) credibility, which posted this headline on June 21, 2017, along with the same video:

London mass brawl: Muslims chase Jews with bats, knives and machetes, Riot Police called in, by European Union Times, June 21st, 2017.

Again, there is absolutely nothing in the story to substantiate that the perpetrators were Muslims.

Further, on the same day, June 21, 2017, an actual UK newspaper, The Sun, reported nothing about this being a Muslim attack, but rather, that it was a “rave” that ended with a clash between the youths who were participating in it, then spilled out over into the streets.  It also included brief video of the scene, at night, with a massive police presence:

Police lock down estate in Stamford Hill amid reports of ‘violence involving machetes and swords after illegal rave’; One man said he witnessed a car being attacked by a mob of up to 30 armed with bats and hammers, The Sun, June 21, 2017.  Excerpt:

Police locked down an estate in north London last night amid reports of violent disorder involving knives and swords.

Riot police and armed officers arrived on the scene on the Stamford Hill Estate and cordoned off a large area.

Holding shields and forming a line, officers were heard urging bystanders to leave the area.

The Met’s helicopter also hovered overhead.

Police said they were called to a street fight on Lynmouth Road and found a 19-year-old man with stab wounds.

There was also a large group of people and officers were pelted with bottles from a nearby block party.

It took almost an hour to clear the area.

A woman said she had reported an “illegal rave” on the estate near Lynmouth Road. […]

A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers attended and found a large group people at the scene, and there were reports of persons believed armed with knives. Extra officers were called to attend.

“It is believed the group had come from a nearby block party.”

Conclusion

As noted earlier, there are many legitimate reasons to be concerned about virulent anti-Semitism in England — not only by Muslims, but by the broader British population, more than one-fourth of whom harbor hatred of Jews. There is no question that with increased immigration by Isamists who believe they have a divine right, and obligation, to attack Jews, and local governments (and media’s) willingness to whitewash, and appease these incidents, the UK is effectively committing cultural suicide.

It is for this reason that these facts must be responsibly presented, and strategies developed with which to reverse these destructive trends.

Instead, Geller:

  • Published this “story” more than a month after the incident — yet gave zero indication that according to police, at the time, it was actually a “rave,” not an Islamist attack.
  • Inserted a completely unrelated picture into the story.
  • Constructed a headline that falsely claimed the reader can “WATCH Muslim mobs armed with machetes and bats terrorize London’s largest Jewish community.”  The video(s) she provided depict nothing of the sort.

The net effect of these acts and omissions is that Geller’s Facebook post, which was shared more than 2,000 times, and untold thousands more times beyond that, on other social media, email and elsewhere, was that she:

  • Gave Islamists and their apologists the justification to legitimately claim victim status, due to her willingness to publish such a “story”
  • Served up justification to call into question the legitimate stories of Islamist attacks on Jews in England and elsewhere
  • Gave credibility to those who claim that “right-wing Islamophobia” is behind many if not most such stories

(18) “Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, Destroy Tipis and Are Burning What Remains”

Background

Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of fake, false, and grossly decontextualized “news” stories designed to incite widespread hatred of police officers in America.  In many cases, it is not only fringe sites and organizations that traffic in incitement-based allegations; rather, it is mainstream “news” entities that deliberately pour gasoline on the fire of already-smoldering public misconceptions — such as the malicious lie that Michael Brown allegedly was executed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO, after pleading, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” — yet which CNN hosts were still perpetuating months after it had been completely debunked:

The net result of the incessant anti-police propaganda and incitement has not just been widespread hatred against certain police officers who have been charged, tried and convicted of wrongdoing, but all police officers across America.  And this, in turn, has led to more than a dozen police officers being ambushed and murdered, and countless others suffering injuries.

This incident

The following is adapted from a special report by The Guardian (UK):

On February 2, 2017, a leftist website entitled “Alternative Media Syndicate” published the following shock article:

“Police Raid Standing Rock Camp, Destroy Tipis and Are Burning What Remains”

The story, however, was fake news — and the photo is actually from a movie, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”

As reported by The Guardian:

While stories of police violence at Standing Rock have become commonplace, the account that spread last week was particularly shocking. An article from AlternativeMediaSyndicate.com said officers had burned the camps of indigenous activists fighting the Dakota Access pipeline – and destroyed their tipis.

The piece, which included an image of multiple large tipis engulfed in flames, was shared more than 270,000 times on Facebook. But the photo was from a 2007 HBO film, and a key premise of the story was fake.

“It’s absolutely frustrating,” said Dallas Goldtooth, an indigenous leader at Standing Rock who warned his followers on Facebook that the article was false. “There is so much misinformation.”

Conclusion

As the Guardian noted, this fake story was shared more than 270,000 times, and served to:

  • Amplify the anti-police hatred and propaganda that are churned out by radical leftist propagandists — and as shown earlier, even certain mainstream “news” organizations
  • Further endanger all police officers, not because of anything they have done, but rather, because of the incessant fake news directed at others in their profession

Screencap of the Facebook post by “Alternative Media Syndicate,” which was shared more than 270,000 times.


(19) “U.S. Government Just Declared WAR On Native Americans, State Gives Cops the Green Light To Shoot DAPL Protesters On Sight”

Continuing from Case Study 18, adapted from an article by The Guardian (UK):

In early October, 2016, this “news story” began making the rounds on Facebook and other social media:

The source of this “story” is a website called “CounterCurrentNews.info” — which conjured this shock headline:

U.S. Government Just Declared WAR On Native Americans, State Gives Cops the Green Light To Shoot DAPL Protesters On Sight

The site published what it claimed was an open declaration by the governor of North Dakota to murder DACL protesters, on sight, effectively gunning them down as one would rabid animals.

Note that the “news story” concludes with a plea to readers to spread it — which they clearly did, because as indicated to the left, it was shared more than 160,000 times on Facebook alone:

“Please share this with the world let them know how they are treating us… we are not terrorist! We are defending the land and the water! Protecting out future!” Please share this, leave your comments, prayers, positive thoughts, whatever is good. Please help people become aware to what is happening. Help protect the land and water!

Further, a Google search using the headline copy, “U.S. Government Just Declared WAR On Native Americans, State Gives Cops the Green Light To Shoot DAPL Protesters On Sight,” returns more than 13,000 results — which only hints at how many points-of-origin this “news” story” began traveling through social media, and likely, email.

A casual perusal of other “news stories” at “Counter Current News” reveals that it is a hyper-leftist fake news and incitement website, which is probably why it is registered anonymously — off U.S. soil, in Grand Cayman:

Conclusion

Following up on the “Background” section in Case Study 18, this malicious, anti-police fake “news story” — and the tens of thousands of people who shared it, without examining whether it was true or not — served to:

  • Amplify the anti-police hatred and propaganda that are churned out by radical leftist propagandists — and as shown earlier, even certain mainstream “news” organizations
  • Further endanger all police officers, not because of anything they have done, but rather, because of the incessant fake news directed at others in their profession

(20) HuffPost perpetuated the lie that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Congress’s invitation to address it, before President Obama had been notified

This case study was first published in a July 2016 special report by SaveTheWest:
“The Rhodes To HuffPost”: The Huffington Post’s use of lies, deception, bias and anti-Semitic incitement in order to help “sell” the Iran deal

At 7:50am on March 2, 2015, a few hours before Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress, HuffPost published this splash headline story. Note that the headline copy put incendiary words into Netanyahu’s mouth, clearly implying that he had done something to insult President Obama:

02Mar BAD BIBI SPLASH - NO OFFENSE BARRYThe story page to which this incendiary headline led contained this passage (emphasis added):

HUFFPOLLSTER: Netanyahu Visit Polarizes Americans, by Mark Blumenthal, Ariel Edwards-Levy and Janie Velencia, The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015 7:50 am ET.

“Nearly half of American voters — 48 percent — say that congressional Republicans should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on Tuesday without first notifying President Barack Obama, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.”

This incendiary allegation originated in a story in the New York Times, that simply repeated an allegation by White House operatives that President Obama had not been notified in advance about Netanyahu’s acceptance of Speaker Boehner’s invitation to address Congress.

In reality, as HuffPost knew or should have known, the New York Times had corrected that false story more than a month earlier, on January 30, publishing this notation at the end of the article:

“An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner’s invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.”

Omri Ceren of the Israel Project was the first to have caught the correction, and began publicizing this fact the same day, January 30, after which it went viral among those who supported Netanyahu speaking to Congress:

01Feb - NYT ADMITS WH LIED - HP NothingEd Lasky at American Thinker publicized the NYT’s correction, and the fact that this was a lie that originated in the Obama administration, on January 31.

Further, according to a February 17 story by Bloomberg, a CNN-ORC survey revealed that nearly twice as many Americans said they wanted Netanyahu to speak to Congress, as those who didn’t (even though many assumed the White House false narrative was correct, about its not being informed in advance).

HuffPost has built one of the largest news rooms in America, with hundreds of journalists, researchers and editors.  Is it possible that HuffPost was really unaware of the reality surrounding Netanyahu’s speech? Or, did it continue perpetuating this lie in order to discredit Netanyahu, and protect Rhodes’s “war room”?

One critical hint, as shown in this screencap from May 28, 2016,  is that HuffPost never corrected its story, and as our records show, it never published a retraction on either its front page or World page.

The fact that others also perpetuated this lie (in this case, NBC News and the Wall St. Journal) is immaterial, because according to Arianna Huffington, what makes HuffPost different from, and better than other news organizations is that:

Arianna13“Too many reporters have forgotten that the highest calling of journalists is to ferret out the truth, consequences be damned.”

“There is an objective reality, and it is the media’s job to present it unequivocally.”

Arianna Huffington

This episode was but one of many that reveals the reality: that HuffPost is a cauldron of lies, incitement and bias.  See more at:

SaveTheWest’s debut documentary: “The Huffington Post’s Anti-Semitic Bias and Incitement During the Third Intifada”

STW’s new documentary: “HuffPost’s Dehumanization of Capt. Taylor Force”


(21) “Polish first lady passes over Trump’s handshake” (published by the Washington Post)

This case study is adapted from an article at Legal Insurrection.

From Legal Insurrection:

This is what Fake News looks like: Polish First Lady “passes over” Trump handshake, by William A. Jacobson, Legal Insurrection, July 6, 2017.

If Washington Post and other leading media will mislead as to a handshake, why should we trust their “anonymous” sources?

A misleading video clip of Donald Trump supposedly being passed over for a handshake by the First Lady of Poland is sweeping the internet. In fact, there was a handshake a couple of seconds later, but the clip is cut so tightly that it appears that this was a sign of disrespect.

If it were just another misleading internet meme, it would be bad enough. But it is being pushed by the Washington Post on Twitter and on its website, as well as by other major media.

Here is WaPo’s tweet:

Legal Insurrection shows additional videos to show how the Washington Post knew at the time that this was a severely edited clip, but ran with it anyway, to deliberately spread a false perception of what occurred. Continuing…

It’s completely misleading, but you have to watch far into the clip to realize it. Here’s the video, watch until the 23 second mark to see that just after the “passed over” handshake, the Polish First Lady shakes hands with Trump:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkwNvGbMiZc

Legal Insurrection then shows how USA Today, Newsweek and CNN also posted the same, fake story, and several “journalists” even laughed about having done so, on Twitter — before issuing public corrections.

In the end, it was Poland’s Prime Minister, Andrzej Duda, who explicitly, publicly called out this fake news — on Twitter:

Conclusion

As noted in Case Study 1, there are legitimate reasons to be critical of President Trump — and any other president — for things he’s actually done, or failed to do.  That is one of the hallmark rights of America’s free press.  But what happens when our supposed watchdogs are engaging in their own campaign of fake news, against a sitting U.S. president?

Ironically, since the 2016 election, the Washington Post changed its motto to, “Democracy Dies In Darkness,” presumably positioning it as the citizen’s source of light.  In reality, this incident was just one of dozens of recent betrayals of the basic principles of journalism by the Washington Post, including:

Washington Post journalist tweeted ‘fake news’ photos which showed an empty arena at his Florida rally — when it was actually packed

Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros

The Washington Post’s fake news regarding Jerusalem, and the history of religion

Washington Post peddles Palestinian propaganda

Washington Post Israel Bureau Chief Justifies Paying Palestinian Terrorists

The Washington Post — under the fig leaf of “analysis” –rationalizes and justifies mob violence


(22) “There is no reproductive freedom without Net Neutrality” (published by NARAL, and shared by “social justice attorney” Sandra Fluke)

This case study is adapted from articles by Unbiased America and Twitchy.

On December 13, 2017, noted “social justice” attorney Sandra Fluke re-Tweeted the following article from NARAL, and added the preceding comment on her own:

Fluke’s “news” link led to this page at NARAL (NARAL Pro-Choice America):

Tell the FCC and Congress that net neutrality matters to reproductive freedom

Without a free and open internet, anti-choice extremists could pay to block access to accurate information about reproductive health or even phone data access to calling abortion clinics.

Imagine a world where a woman searches the internet but can find no information on how to access an abortion. Imagine trying to call your representative, but you can’t get through, because the phone company is being paid to limit the number of phone calls to Congress. Join us as we battle to save our internet.

Demand that Congress and the FCC stop their plans to move forward with killing net neutrality.

Without even going any further, the entire preposterous notion of this fake news post can be revealed by asking one question: Was the entire world of information about abortion, local providers, contraception, policy analyses, etc  available on the Internet before “Net Neutrality” was implemented, in 2015?

Yes.  All the vote to rescind “Net Neutrality” did, on December 14, 2017, was to bring us back to that point, in which Internet Service Providers provided all the access we enjoyed prior to this law being implemented.

From Unbiased America:

NET NEUTRALITY OUTRAGE IS A LESSON IN HOW EASY IT IS TO POLITICALLY MANIPULATE PEOPLE, by Kevin Ryan, Unbiased America, December 14, 2017.

During World War II, Japanese leaders told residents of the island of Okinawa that American soldiers would eat them and their babies if America captured the island. As a result, thousands of Okinawans fought to the death or took their own life rather than face capture.

Of course the claim was untrue, but such is the power of propaganda to manipulate the masses into doing your bidding, whether it’s defending an island to the death…

…or giving control of the internet to politicians and bureaucrats.

Watching people lose their minds on social media today after the FCC voted to repeal the so-called net neutrality regulations was a sad reminder that government propaganda remains the best way to control the populace. Like the bogus cannibal American soldiers, the net neutrality repeal is a fake boogeyman so wrapped up in hyperbole that its detractors honestly believe it will lead to the collapse of the internet if not society itself.

Yet one need only look back to 2014 to realize it’s a total falsehood. Before net neutrality took effect in 2015, the internet was in no way broken. It was a bastion of free information. ISPs weren’t engaging in the behavior that the new regulations were written to protect us from, prices were dropping, new applications and services were emerging daily.

And President Obama’s own FCC commisioners recommended against applying Title II regulation to ISPs, believing the 1934 regulations would be detrimental to the modern and rapidly evolving technology of the internet. But, in a saavy political move, the president publicly announced that he wanted the Title II regulations “in order to protect Americans from big internet bandwidth providers controlling internet content” via throttling or blocking. The notion that hated ISPs like Comcast might somehow censor or slow our internet experience so terrified many voters that they virtually begged the government to take over the internet.

And they are still so obsessed with that fear over a non-existent problem that the public has reacted to word of net neutrality’s repeal with truly unbelievable claims of the disasters it will cause.

♦ Feminist Sandra Fluke: Killing Net Neutrality would kill access to abortion information… There is no reproductive freedom without Net Neutrality.

♦ The New York Times: The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death

♦ Mike Caufield, director, Washington State University Vancouver: Killing net neutrality will throw us back to the Dark Ages

♦ GLAAD: The repeal of Net Neutrality is an attack on the LGBTQ community

♦ Wired: Expect Fewer Great Startups if the FCC Kills Net Neutrality

♦ Rolling Stone: Repeal Could Kill the Careers of Indie Musicians

♦ The Verge: Ending net neutrality would contribute to inequality of education and opportunity and could threaten the basic foundation of American democracy.

And that’s just the media and other organizations. Read through your Facebook news feed today if you want more insane hyperbole from friends and family. And coming next week: Many of the same people begging the government to regulate the internet will be pleading with the government not to let them keep more of their own pay check, and saying tax cuts will threaten the basic foundation of American democracy.

Sigh.

Unbiased America provided its sources:

No, the end of ‘net neutrality’ isn’t cyber-maggeddon, by Julian Sanchez, NY Post, December 1, 2017.

Net Neutrality Supporters Should Actually Hate the Regulations They’re Endorsing; The Obama-era “Open Internet Order” discourages a free internet, by Andrea O’Sullivan, Reason.com, July 18, 2017.

Pro–Net Neutrality Graphic Makes Argument Against Net Neutrality; Do net neutrality advocates fear consumer choice?, by Ed Krayewski, Reason.com, November 22, 2017.

BLESS her heart: SJW Sandra Fluke gets REKT for claiming ‘killing’ #NetNeutrality will kill THIS, by Sam J., Twitchy, December 14, 2017.

More articles, from SaveTheWest:

Gabriel: Net neutrality sounds nice, but we’d be better off without it, by Jon Gabriel, Arizona Republic, December 1, 2017.

The Biggest Net Neutrality Lie of All, by Larry Downes, Forbes, July 17, 2014.

Conclusion

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