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  • IJR Suspends Three Staffers For Pushing "Alt-Right"-Based Conspiracy Theory

    Blog ››› ››› BRENDAN KARET

    Independent Journal Review (IJR) chief content officer Benny Johnson and two other IJR employees were indefinitely suspended after writing and publishing a baseless conspiracy theory -- originally pushed by “alt-right” fringe media -- which suggested that former President Barack Obama’s visit to Hawaii played a role in a ruling by a federal judge based there that froze President Donald Trump’s revised Muslim ban.

    On March 16, under Johnson’s direction, IJR published, then retracted, an article that attempted to “point out the timing and the opportunity” presented by Obama’s presence in Hawaii days before the judge’s ruling. The conspiracy theory was originally pushed by fringe and “alt-right” outlets such as Infowars and The Gateway Pundit, and it seemed to originate from a thread on the online anonymous message board Reddit. The outlandish theory even made its way to Donald Trump Jr., who retweeted a Twitter post that tied the judge to Obama.

    According to reports from Politico and Business Insider, after IJR investigated the publication of the baseless story, the site suspended Johnson and editors Kyle Becker and Becca Lower. In a statement, IJR founder Alex Skatell wrote that “we got it wrong and ultimately deserve all the criticism.” Business Insider noted that Johnson, who has been accused of plagiarism multiple times and has previously pushed false claims, “had been warned earlier that the story about Obama was an unfounded conspiracy theory, but he assigned it to Becker anyway.”

    This is the second recent occasion in which a right-wing media figure has been disciplined for spreading unsubstantiated allegations and conspiracy theories about Obama. IJR’s actions came a day after reports emerged that Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano was being taken off the air “indefinitely” for promoting the false claim that Obama used the British government to spy on Trump.

  • Donald Trump Jr. Liked Alex Jones Tweet Claiming That Obama Used British Intelligence To Spy On President Trump

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump Jr. liked a tweet by Alex Jones pushing the baseless claim that President Barack Obama “went outside" the chain of command "to spy on Trump" during the 2016 election with the help of the British government. The Trump administration was heavily criticized after White House press secretary Sean Spicer pushed the same conspiracy at a March 16 press conference.

    On March 15, Alex Jones tweeted:

    Jones’ tweet linked to a March 14 Infowars piece with the headline “Judge Napolitano: Obama Used British Intelligence To Spy On Trump.” The unbylined article highlighted an appearance Napolitano made on Fox & Friends during which he said that “three intelligence sources told him if Obama asked an American agency for a wiretap on Trump, there would be a record of that request, but by using British agency GCHQ Obama avoided leaving any ‘fingerprints.’”

    Trump Jr. subsequently liked Jones’ tweet:

    Alex Jones and Andrew Napolitano are 9/11 conspiracy theorists who are not credible.

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer created an international incident by citing Napolitano’s Fox News report during yesterday’s White House briefing. The British government has strongly denied the spying claims and Trump officials have reportedly attempted to "soothe British officials" over the claim. 

    Trump Jr. has repeatedly promoted fringe conspiracy theories that originated with conservative media, including Infowars. He also has frequently tweeted out content from Alex Jones and Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson (@prisonplanet).

    Jones claimed in February that President Donald Trump and his sons watch his videos and show “every night.”

  • New "Alt-Right" Theory: Obama Was Secretly Behind Judicial Halt Of Trump's Muslim Ban

    Donald Trump Jr. Retweets Right-Wing Radio Host Pushing The Conspiracy Theory

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Pro-President Donald Trump outlets and “alt-right” outlets pushed a conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama was the reason a federal judge in Hawaii blocked Trump’s revised Muslim ban executive order. The president’s son Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the claim, which seems to have originally spread on Reddit. The conspiracy is yet another variation of right-wing media’s theory that Obama is running a “shadow government.”

  • Online Outlet Frequently Cited By Trump And His Team Smears Mosque Where Six People Were Massacred, Tries To Link To Terrorists

    Blog ››› ››› BRENNAN SUEN

    Gateway Pundit, an online media outlet that is repeatedly cited and praised by President Trump and those in his inner circle, smeared a Canadian mosque just days after a terrorist shooting attack left six Muslim worshipers dead and eight wounded on January 29 by making dubious claims that the mosque has “strong ties to terrorism.” 

    The alleged shooter, identified as 27-year-old white student Alexandre Bissonnette, was known for “far-right views” and had expressed support for anti-immigrant groups and figures, including Trump. He has been described as a “very right-wing and ultra-nationalist white supremacist” by people who knew him. 

    In the immediate aftermath of the massacre, Gateway Pundit reported that the shooter had yelled an Arabic phrase in an attempt to insinuate the shooter was Muslim. The outlet went on to attack media outlets who had not reported this unconfirmed information. After the original attempt to smear Muslims fell apart, the outlet switched tactics and responded to the tragedy by attacking the mosque with a headline using all-caps styling on “MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD” and “TERRORIST” and asserting that it “has strong ties to terrorism.” Meanwhile, a search for the shooter's name using Gateway Pundit’s search function returns zero results.

    The report cited by Gateway Pundit to prove links to terrorism claimed that the mosque was tied to the Muslim Brotherhood due to its founding by local members of the Muslim Student Association, a frequently maligned Islamic student organization located in colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. However, there is no evidence that the Muslim Brotherhood and Muslim Student Association are “actively affiliated,” and the only link between the two is the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood “helped establish the [Muslim Student Association] more than 50 years ago.” 

    Adding to the concern of the often absurdly wrong Gateway Pundit is that its influence has greatly risen under Trump, with owner Jim Hoft announcing on January 19 that the outlet would have its first correspondent in the White House. Trump himself regularly tweets at or about the outlet, including praising it “for reporting the truth.” Numerous members of his team such as counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway and White House director of social media Dan Scavino Jr. have also tweeted about the outlet, as well as Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr

  • Here Are 5 People Close To Trump Who Have Propagated Fake News

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ & CHRISTOPHER LEWIS

    Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and continuing into the transition period, President-elect Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have helped propagate fake news, which got more attention than real news did on Facebook toward the end of the election cycle. That list includes two of his sons, his former campaign manager, his pick for national security adviser, and the adviser’s son, who was involved in the transition until recently. The fake news stories they pushed included a piece claiming Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid people to protest Trump’s election and a fake claim that Clinton and her campaign were involved in a child trafficking ring.

  • Donald Trump Jr. Promotes “Alt-Right” Video Claiming Clinton Camp Has Satanists Who Want To Kidnap Kids

    Trump Jr.-Promoted Video Praises Trump Jr. For Looking Like He Wants To “Waterboard Or Guillotine” Clinton’s Circle

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Donald Trump Jr. promoted an “alt-right” video on his Twitter account that suggests Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign is engaged in satanism and her aides are trying to “kidnap your children, make them disappear, sell them into all kinds of things.” The video features “alt-right” bloggers Vox Day, who claims blacks are inferior to whites, and Mike Cernovich, a rape apologist.

    On November 4, Trump Jr. retweeted the video, in which blogger Stefan Molyneux talks with Cernovich and Day about the “spirit cooking scandal”:

    The "spirit cooking scandal" refers to a hacked email posted to WikiLeaks in which lobbyist Tony Podesta asked his brother, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, if he wanted to attend a “spirit cooking dinner” hosted by performance artist Marina Abramović. Trump supporters have used the invitation to claim that Podesta and the Clinton campaign are Satan worshippers. The Washington Post debunked the absurd claim, writing that an email “inviting Clinton’s campaign chair to dinner — a dinner he didn’t even attend — is not proof of any of the things that the Trump Internet is claiming about it right now.”

    During the video, Molyneux says the news is “extraordinary,” referring to the “Podesta emails, which is all this spirit cooking stuff, and invitations to what seems like occult magic/satanic rituals/I don’t know what the hell is going on.” Cernovich claimed that the allegations are “worse” than what people are saying and that “John Podesta and his brother are doing this together with who knows how many people are there.”

    The video also suggests Podesta and his allies might be luring children with their alleged “spirit cooking” parties -- a variation of the “pants on fire” false claim that the Clintons are running an underground sex ring targeting children.

    Vox Day asked: “Given all of the other weirdness that is surrounding Podesta, and is surrounding these people -- because these are the same people that were talking about this whole spirit cooking thing. And so that’s what’s very troubling. I mean, would you ever want your young children going to a party with John Podesta and his spirit cooking?”

    Mike Cernovich later said: “If you’re going to have children, you don’t want to live in a world where these people could potentially kidnap your children, make them disappear, sell them into all kinds of things, or who knows what. And that’s what people are realizing now is the gatekeepers are gone. The media people, they’re not writing about this because they’re right there at these parties -- with them.”

    Day also praised Trump Jr., saying that “he looks like he wants to personally waterboard or guillotine every single member of Hillary Clinton’s circle” during the debates. 

    Vox Day is an “alt-right” writer with a history of pushing racist and misogynistic rhetoric. He has tweeted that “I support white nationalism.” He also tweeted that “I am an Alt Right nationalist, I'm American Indian.”

    Day has a long history of racism. He has tweeted that African-Americans have lower IQs than others, are more prone to violence, and are worse than an atomic bomb for a city:

    He has also repeatedly spoken out against interracial dating:

    And from his blog:

    As for the idea of stronger blacks and smarter Asians serving whites, that could not be further from my own position on ideal interracial relations. My belief is that every population group, every human sub-species, every nation, is better served by furthering a homogeneous group interest. To put it crudely, whites would do well to pick their own cotton and count their own money, blacks would do well to build their own power stations and grow their own crops, and yellows would do well to develop their own technologies and establish their own university systems. Let Israel be Israel and let Myanmar be Myanmar.

    Mike Cernovich is another “alt-right” activist, who operates a website that attacks feminists and disputes the validity of date rape claims. He has tweeted: “the hotter the sex, the more closely it resembles rape,” “the only rape culture is Muslim rape culture,” and “why should I care when women are raped?” Cernovich is a favorite of the Trump campaign.

    Trump Jr. has repeatedly interacted with white nationalists and promoted their work. In March, he retweeted the false claim from Vox Day that “The ‘Trump Nazi’ is Portia Boulger, who runs the Women for Bernie Sanders Twitter account.” And he also:

    posted an image celebrating “Pepe the Frog, a symbol that has been co-opted by white supremacists and nationalists”;

    said during a radio interview that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if Trump lied like Hillary Clinton has;

    retweeted anti-Semitic writer Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “the neo-Nazi movement's favorite academic”; and

    gave an interview to white nationalist radio host James Edwards, during which Edwards and Trump Jr. complained about “political correctness.”

    Trump Jr. has unsurprisingly become a hero to white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

  • Donald Trump Jr. Has Become A Hero To Neo-Nazi Websites

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    In recent weeks, Donald Trump Jr. has made a “gas chamber” reference, retweeted an anti-Semitic author, and compared Syrian refugees to Skittles. Trump Jr.’s actions have endeared him to neo-Nazi websites, which have celebrated the Republican nominee’s son for having “hit a nerve” with the “Jew Media” and for indicating that “a part of him has been with us since day one.”

    Members of the “alt-right” and white nationalist movement have been heavily supporting Trump’s campaign. Meanwhile, the candidate and his team have been courting members of the movement, appearing in white nationalist media, refusing to denounce them, and retweeting their messages.

    The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake wrote that a “lot of Donald Trump Jr.’s trail missteps seem to involve white nationalists and Nazis.” The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff noted that Trump Jr. is “Trump’s worst surrogate,” citing his “penchant for interacting with the alt-right.”

    During this presidential campaign, Trump Jr.:

    • posted an image celebrating “Pepe the Frog, a symbol that has been co-opted by white supremacists and nationalists.” 
    • said during a radio interview that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if Trump lied like Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has.
    • retweeted anti-Semitic writer Kevin MacDonald, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “the neo-Nazi movement's favorite academic.”
    • gave an interview to white nationalist radio host James Edwards, during which Edwards and Trump Jr. complained about “political correctness.”

    Trump Jr.’s latest gift to white nationalists is his tweet comparing Syrian refugees to Skittles. Talking Points Memo’s Allegra Kirkland noted that “Trump Jr. borrowed an analogy popular among anti-immigrant activists and white nationalists for his meme likening Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles.” The Intercept and The Independent pointed out that the symbolism in Trump Jr.’s tweet is a dog whistle that dates back to the Nazis.

    The Trump campaign defended Trump Jr.’s tweet, claiming that “Speaking the truth might upset those who would rather be politically correct than safe.”

    Neo-Nazis have been thrilled with Trump Jr.’s actions in the past several weeks.

    The Daily Stormer is a virulently anti-Semitic website that celebrates Nazism, purports to document the “Jewish Problem,” and attacks “kikes.” Writer “Azzmador” wrote a September 20 post headlined “Jew Media Deplores Trump Jr.’s Holocaust of Skittles.” The writer claimed: “When the Jews put a pack of apes in suits to call you ‘ignorant,’ you know you’ve hit a nerve!” and added:

    Certain people just can’t handle the truth. They are known as “stupid people.”

    The Jews depend on their media’s ability to cultivate good goy opinions among these ignoramuses. Without them and their votes, democracy isn’t nearly so deadly a weapon as they like.

    […]

    Perfectly reasonable, if you asked me, and personally, I think 3 Skittles in the bowl is an outrageously charitable underestimate. So, in the midst of all these stabbings and explosions happening courtesy of your freshly-minted American Kebabs, what is the most riveting story (according to the MSM) concerning the current presidential race?

    The Daily Stormer also celebrated other Trump Jr. incidents. “Zeigel” wrote a September 15 post headlined “YES: Donald Trump Jr. Makes Casual Joke About Gas Chambers!” “Zeigel” wrote that Trump Jr.’s reference to the gas chamber is “the sort of metaphor that someone on the Alt-Right would use instinctively. … It’s language that immediately sends signals to both Nazis and Jews. But normal people wouldn’t even understand what he’s talking about.” The writer further added:

    So this remark is either a very calculated stunt to get media Jews riled up about nothing, or an innocent comment by someone who’s hiding his power level.

    And considering the other events involving Trump Jr. during this campaign, I would tend to favor the latter hypothesis.

    If Trump’s own son is a Nazi, what are the odds that he himself isn’t red-pilled?

    The Daily Stormer also praised Trump Jr.’s retweeting of Kevin MacDonald, writing, “There is no way Donald Trump Jr. didn’t know” MacDonald is an anti-Semite:

    MacDonald is definitely an anti-Semite. And everyone knows this. He wrote three huge books about how Jews are screwing over the goyim, for God’s sake.

    There is no way Donald Trump Jr. didn’t know about this when he retweeted him. I mean, a quick look at Dr. MacDonald’s twitter feed will dispel any doubts that he’s basically a Nazi.

    [...]

    Just the fact that Trump Jr. retweeted him should bring a lot of attention to Kevin MacDonald’s work. It’s quite surprising, in fact, that the mainstream media isn’t exploding at this event.

    Infostormer -- a neo-Nazi website with the slogan “destroying Jewish tyranny” -- wrote a September 15 post with the headline “LOL: Donald Trump Jr. Attacked By Jews For Making Gas Chamber Joke On Radio Show.” The website regularly posts anti-Semitic material and slurs like “kike” and its background image is a picture of a Nazi rally. The post about Trump Jr. by “Marcus Cicero” stated:

    The transformation of our society into one dominated by the Shitlord continues to progress rather smoothly, and I’m rather pleased to announce that the eldest son of our next President is now officially aboard the LULZ EXPRESS.

    […]

    Actually, I feel that a part of him has been with us since day one, and we’ve only seen bits and pieces of the true Kek-Master rise forth from the ether.

    The website also posted an August 31 article celebrating Trump Jr.’s retweet of MacDonald, writing:

    OK so MacDonald is more than just a Jew critic, he absolutely hates them lol.

    I doubt that this was done intentionally, but who knows.  I’m just surprised that more hasn’t been made out of this yet.  You’d figure the Jew media would be running around with their heads cut off trying to psychoanalyze every aspect of this.