UPDATE: White House-Accredited Fake News Blog Gateway Pundit Tries to Duck Responsibility in Doxing the Wrong Person for the Florida Shooting
As we reported yesterday, the White House-accredited blog Gateway Pundit (home of the fabled “Stupidest Man on the Internet,” Jim Hoft) published the personal details of someone they claimed was the Florida high school shooter, based on one tweet that spelled his name wrong. Writer Lucian Wintrich doxed the wrong person in his rush to pin the blame for the mass shooting on the left.
This was the screaming headline they originally put on this massive fail of an article:
The original is stored at archive.is, for posterity, including the word “Florida” misspelled as “Flordia,” not once but three times.
And today, Wintrich is laughably trying to cover up this massive fail by claiming it was someone else who identified and outed the wrong person.
They’ve deleted their screenshot of the wrong person’s voter registration details, and the headline now reads:
“Some sources!” That’s rich. You almost have to admire the gall it takes to try to duck responsibility for their malicious screw-up so blatantly.
(The word “Florida” is still misspelled in this updated and sanitized article, by the way.)
The mainstream news outlets that originally published an incorrect name for the shooter all corrected their articles as soon as the right name was reported — but only Gateway Pundit rushed to look up personal details and recklessly published them, and only Gateway Pundit claimed the shooter was a registered Democrat in their typical haste to blame the mass murder on Democrats and the left.
Lucian Wintrich is an officially accredited White House correspondent.
And in fact, the accused Florida mass murderer has an extensive history of far right sympathies, including a reported association with a notorious militant white supremacist group. (Update: local authorities now say they’ve found no evidence to confirm this report. See the link below.)