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Far Right Outlets Pushed Vegas Shooting Hoax


Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Far-right pro-Trump blog The Gateway Pundit wrongly accused a man of being behind a mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV.

Late on October 1, Stephen Craig Paddock reportedly opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400. Police have located the alleged gunman’s roommate, who they believe “at this time not to be involved.”

Users on 4chan’s “politically incorrect” (/pol/) message board almost immediately incorrectly claimed they had “confirmed” that the gunman was the roommate’s husband and shared a screen capture of his Facebook page. (Media Matters is not publishing their names.) The users called the man a “social Democrat MOTHER FUCKER” and said he was part of a “communist revolution.” Users also urged people to “PUSH THE FACT THIS TERRORIST WAS A COMMIE ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA. MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS.”

The false claim from 4chan, which has previously helped far-right trolls and fake news purveyors spread misinformation, also spread on Twitter and was pushed on other message boards such as CoguarBoard. It even appeared as a top story on Google News. The claim later spread to The Gateway Pundit, which reported, based on the likes on the supposed husband’s Facebook page, that the shooter was “Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org and Associated with Anti-Trump Army.” The Gateway Pundit later deleted the article, but Facebook has since prominently featured another Gateway Pundit article about the shooting on its “crisis response” page for the shooting.

This is not the first time The Gateway Pundit, a blog connected to the “alt-right” that has regularly published misinformation, has misidentified a suspect in a killing. In January, the blog misidentified the alleged shooter at Fort Lauderdale’s airport. And in August, the blog wrongly accused a Michigan man of being the driver who drove over and killed counterprotester Heather Heyer during the white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, VA. Nor is it the first time Gateway Pundit pushed a false claim from 4chan’s /pol/. In May, the blog hyped forged documents uploaded on the message board alleging that then-French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron was evading taxes. Additionally, in January, Gateway Pundit falsely accused a Washington Post reporter of taking photos of now-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s personal notes at his confirmation hearing, spurring online harassment.

The blog, which President Donald Trump’s favorite morning showFox & Friendshas frequently cited or otherwise drawn from, was granted White House press credentials in February. It has since been denied a press pass to cover the Senate, a decision it said it planned to appeal.




  1. dbtheonly October 3, 2017

    Well yes,

    But Mr. Kaplan works off the assumption that 4chan is a news service. Instead it is, “a wretched hive of scum and villainy”. It’s purpose is to invent RW talking points and have them cited by Fox “News” and other RWMO. Once injected into the news stream, these stories can be transmitted to real news services and gain an unjustified authority. How many “scandals du jour” did they create for Democrats in the past?

    We can blame 4chan for inventing this (expletive deleted).
    We can blame Fox and the RWMO for pushing it.
    We can blame the Lamestream Media for rushing to follow these stories without adequate verification.

    What we can’t do is be surprised.

  2. ivory69690@yahoo.com October 3, 2017

    too many sad times as one never wants one terror act over shadow a tragedy . suffering will go on in Vagus it the minds and hearts to some and maybe all will never be over . .as it also will go on in Pusrto Rico in their lives today and also many days ahead till those Americans can rebuild . only hopeing for the very best to come to the two place stay strong and over come the best you can in heart mind and soul . whats the chances of DUMP 45 acting or saying something stupid & idiotic at these 2 place that had such bad tragedy’s 50/50 or closer to 99 to1 ? when he said pure evil on the Vagus tragedy had to seen his reflection in the mirror to get that one hitting the nail on the head

  3. ivory69690@yahoo.com October 3, 2017

    think about it people if there b e another country with a president like DUMP 45 and all the B/S rhat was going on in that country and that president would you or would you not tell our country to stay as far away from that WACKED OUT country and president as we can ? and would you be laughing more or feeling sorry for that country ? well ones anwser would be going to all the country of the world and woiuld be the so call star country of the USA . maybe thy might see this post and take your advice . the thing that sux’s is we cant get away from us and maybe being the laughing stock and joke of the world grrrrrrr 🙁 and the worse of all there is still tomorrow the next day and on and on till what ? maybe the NUKE end to the world . never put nothing pass what the DUMPSTER DONNY CLOWN can do in the form of destruction and destroying

  4. ivory69690@yahoo.com October 3, 2017

    9 Reasons Trump’s Tax Plan Will Hurt You // Donald Trump says his tax plan is “a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be the everyday American workers as jobs start pouring into our country, as companies start competing for American labor and as wages start going up at levels that you haven’t seen in many years.” DUMPSTER DONNY & his gang of pinheads =GOP party . all like DUMP 45 pathological liar’s the whole party of clowns had the chance to do that give the middle class and all the people of the country more money on the min. wage’s to $15.00 per hr. and with all you B/S artist the thing would passed for sure . but nooooooooooo instead you gang of clowns passed on what the B/S you are saying now by giving the middle class and the people more money . its one thing to say it another thing to DO AS YOU SAY . and that you and DUMP 45 cant do what you say . for doing that would mess up your whole pathological lying clown show . suck a sad country you are turning the USA into

  5. Dapper Dan October 3, 2017

    All I can say is this Alt Right movement is not alright. They lie just to get a reaction and try to discredit mainstream media such as the New York Times and Washington Post. Sources like these regularly not only verify their sources before posting a story but will issue corrections no matter how minor. People need to trust the source of the news they read or hear. It’s a lot easier for a lie to be thought of as truth particularly if we don’t rebut them

  6. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 3, 2017

    I’m certain that the Alt-Right in all its many disguises is destined for a severe punishment.

    Why? Because Justice is one of the attributes of God, and numerous mentions and warnings of misdeeds being punishable, would lead any logical mind to conclude that there are penalties to be paid for falsely accusing others. As a matter of fact, it is one of the 10 Commandments, and warnings aplenty are cited in the Qur’an. And purposely lying in order to create confusion I’m pretty sure isn’t beloved of God.

    So, any extremists who engage in such negative and punishable behavior must be pretty confident that their activities will be ignored. That will prove to be a fatal assumption.

    “O OPPRESSORS ON EARTH! Withdraw your hands from tyranny, for I have pledged Myself not to forgive any man’s injustice. This is My covenant which I have irrevocably decreed in the preserved tablet and sealed with My seal.”

    The above quote by Baha’u’llah is the latest form and iteration of a theme and warning sounded by numerous Messengers in the past.

    1. dbtheonly October 5, 2017


      Respectfully suggest that you ask that the White Supremacists repent and seek forgiveness.

      The eternal punishment awaiting those who defy God is really too horrendous to contemplate.

      So pray that they come to their senses and cease injuring God’s People, as everyone in the world is one of God’s People, no matter how far they might stray.

      Good Morning and best wishes for the day.

  7. Jim Samaras October 4, 2017

    Still many questions to be answered. Video of perhaps a second shooter is all over. Were they photo shopped? We all would like to know

  8. Jim Samaras October 4, 2017

    Many questions still need to be answered. Videos of perhaps a second shooter are all over. Have they been photo shopped? There’s more to this story……

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth October 4, 2017

      Why don’t you try using your brain for a change, Jim. You know, that gray matter which God gave you, along with the wisdom He entrusted you with. You and your parents seem never to have been appreciative of these gifts from God. And thus, we find you still peddling chump-change ideas. What videos are you referring to? If a denizen of Pluto were to show you a video of events in Las Vegas, would you immediately trust that to be the gospel truth?

      1. Jim Samaras October 4, 2017

        Your condescending, holier than thou attitude make me want to puke at times Aaron. They’re out there for anyone who seeks the truth instead of taking the msm word as gospel.


        1. dbtheonly October 5, 2017


          You are wandering into a swamp.

          You deny the authority of the msm to report the news accurately.

          But you then cite, as authority, videos, how many vs. multiple copies? You cite as authority web sites devoted to bizarre or outlandish claims. These sites have no reason to “de-sensationalize” any story. They survive on your attention.

          Without an agreed upon source of reality there’s no grounds upon which to discuss the issue.

          There are several web sites devoted to debunking internet claims. I’ve only had passing knowledge, but Scopes.com? maybe.

          1. Jim Samaras October 5, 2017

            The msm reports on news they are given instead of things that many times are right before their eyes to perpetuate a predetermined narrative. Imo they are there to report any side of news and allow the reader to draw their own conclusions. Are they lazy or in collusion with an entity in charge? It wouldn’t be the first time our government has lied to us.

            In this case I pointed out there are questions that video evidence suggests there’s more to this story. Instead of ignoring it the media should investigate and verify or debunk. The sheriffs office has reservations of it’s own regarding the lone wolf theory at this time so pointing out other variances as a thought starter should be welcomed.

            LOL….an agreed upon source of reality on NM? Got jokes today huh db?

          2. dbtheonly October 5, 2017


            Can you see the bubble within which you live?

            What little I’ve heard has been guesswork and conjecture from Las Vegas.

            Yes, laugh, but if we can’t agree on reality, the whole concept of democracy or even community is impossible.

          3. Jim Samaras October 5, 2017


            The “reality” has yet to surface in its’ entirety. It’s way too early to close the book on a horror story such as this. For Christ sake you’ve been investigating Trump collusion with Russia for almost a year don’t you think this deserves more than 4 days to come to a conclusion?

          4. dbtheonly October 5, 2017

            We actually agree. We have few, if any, answers about Las Vegas.

            Yet Right Wing media has suggested:

            The shooter was Muslim.
            The shooter was gay.
            The shooter was set off by hearing “America the Beautiful”.
            There were two shooters.
            It’s President Obama’s fault.

          5. Jim Samaras October 6, 2017

            I’ve heard no such accusations db. What RW media is that. I have heard perhaps he was an Antifa promoter but that also is unverified.

          6. dbtheonly October 6, 2017

            It was on Fox, reported on Newshounds.us.

            I read your cited article. Fire rates, reload times. I thought it was you decrying a rush to judgment. The Police will be weeks, if not months, collecting forensic evidence. I have neither need nor desire to engage in speculation. The evidence will lead where it will.

            If you don’t mind me suggesting, it is the radicals both left and right that revel in the conspiracy theories.

          7. Jim Samaras October 5, 2017

            No matter how you feel about Ann Coulter she says more eloquently than I ever could. To help make my point:

    2. my feet are normal October 6, 2017

      There are no such videos. There’s no more to this story – one of you gun-humping traitors decided to shoot some people.


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