Stupidest Man on the Internet Fails Again, Falls for “Daesh” Hoax
We begin the week with yet another tale of fail from the legendary Stupidest Man on the Internet, Jim Hoft (aka Gateway Pundit), who loves to jump all over fear-mongering stories even (or especially) if they come from British tabloids: TERROR ATTACK: Islamist Goes on Stabbing Rampage in Paris Screaming, “This Is For Daesh!”
TERROR IN PARIS— A hooded Islamist went on a stabbing rampage today while screaming, “This is for Daesh!” Express.co reported:
POLICE in Paris say a teacher has been stabbed by a masked man shouting ‘This is for Daesh’, the alternative name for Islamic State.
From Gateway Pundit, the story immediately spread throughout the right wing blogosphere and is now part of the sacred wingnut history of fear.
But you can probably see where this is headed; as so often happens with Jim’s hyperbolic paranoid “reports,” it turns out the French teacher made the story up.
A teacher at a French preschool who said he had been stabbed by a man shouting “Islamic State” has admitted he made the story up, prosecutors say.
The teacher said he had been attacked while alone in a classroom in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris.
But prosecutors said he had wounded himself with a box cutter and was now being questioned as to why he lied.
You shouldn’t expect an update or a retraction from Hoft now that the story’s been exposed as a hoax; that’s just not how the SMOTI rolls.
It’s the start of a new era! Amazingly, Jim Hoft has posted one of his almost unheard-of updates!
UPDATE— The Paris-area teacher lied about the Islamic State militant attack today. It didn’t happen.