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Friday, December 23, 2016

Southern Poverty Law Center is Fake News central

The headline in the Washington Post on November 13 screamed: "University of Michigan student wearing a hijab was threatened with being set on fire, police say."

Threatened to set on fire? Huh?

Nevertheless, from the story:
The investigation comes amid reports of threats and harassment in several parts of the country after the election of Donald Trump. Many of the incidents were directed toward African Americans, immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tallied more than 200 incidents nationwide.
Make that more than 200 incidents?

Better make that more than 199:

From WXYZ on December 21:
Ann Arbor police say a report of ethnic intimidation involving a woman wearing a hijab did not actually happen.
Make that 198.

From the Associated Press on December 21:
GREENVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi authorities have made an arrest in the burning of an African-American church spray-painted with the words, “Vote Trump.”
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Warren Strain says Andrew McClinton of Leland, Mississippi, who is African-American, is charged with first-degree arson of a place of worship.
Make that 197.

From Elon Network News on December 21:
In a reversal of prior statements, Elon University sent out an email to students, faculty and staff Friday night with information about the student who wrote the note "Bye Bye Latinos Hasta La Vista." 
Though the university declined to explicitly identify the person by name, it said a Latino student wrote the note as a joke.
"The message was written by a Latino student who was upset about the results of the election and wrote the message as a satirical commentary," said Smith Jackson, vice president for Student Life.
Make that 196.

From the New York Times on December 14:
An 18-year-old Muslim woman who claimed that three men attacked her on a Manhattan subway this month and tried to pull off her hijab was charged on Wednesday with filing a false report, the police said.
The woman, Yasmin Seweid, a student at Baruch College, was also charged with obstructing governmental administration, the police said. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Make that 195.

From the Orlando Sentinel on December 12:
Police say a Volusia County man faked a hate crime, set his ex-girlfriend's car on fire and then staged his own abduction to throw off detectives.
Vincent Palmer, 27, told detectives he taped a note with racial slurs and the words "KKK" and "Trump" written on it to his ex-girlfriend's mailbox early Saturday before throwing a brick through her car window and dousing the back seat in gasoline because they were having problems over the custody of their children, according to an arrest report.
Make that 194.

From Fox News on December 5:
Police have zeroed in on an unexpected culprit as being behind a racist, pro-Trump graffiti spree in Philadelphia: a 58-year-old black man.
William Tucker, of New Jersey, is charged with four counts of criminal mischief in the string of graffiti incidents that occurred early on the morning of Nov. 9, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Thursday. Tucker was released on his own recognizance and is due in court Dec. 8 for a preliminary hearing.
Make that 193.

From the Boston Herald on November 18:
In the latest case of a faked hate crime, a 20-year-old man has admitted he made it up when he told Malden cops he was harassed by two men proclaiming it’s “Trump country now.”
The man, whose name police have not released, had filed a complaint saying when he got off an MBTA bus near Broadway Square in Malden at 10 p.m. Tuesday, at least two white men approached him.
These were all well-publicized at the time they happened for the liberal media cited them as PROOF that ALL Trump supporters are racist, sexist, xenophobic, et cetera.

A Muslim actually killed 49 people in Orlando last summer but gee, let's not blame all Muslims, in fact, let's not blame Islam at all.

Meanwhile, there is this story:
Ivanka Trump and her three children were harassed by a fellow passenger Thursday on a flight out of New York.
An "out-of-control passenger" was "verbally berating" the 35-year-old daughter of President-elect Donald Trump and "jeering" at her children, according to TMZ.
"Your father is ruining the country," the JetBlue passenger said to Trump, the entertainment news site reports.


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  1. "The man, whose name police have not released, had filed a complaint saying when he got off an MBTA bus near Broadway Square in Malden at 10 p.m. Tuesday, at least two white men approached him."
    At least two: Can't count any higher, eh?

    I got onto the SPLC mailing list after donating to a WWII historical group. Got off after sending their mailer back with a note that I consider them a hate group.


  3. appropriating the south park commentary on hurricane katrina for syria

  4. The fake ones share a lot in common, kind Mr Surber, it seems the names of the fakers are also largely withheld.

  5. You want a term for anti-conservative fake news items?

    "Green bottles".

    As in "You take one down, and ass it around"

  6. The Onion has more credibility than the SPLC.