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Right Wing Blogger Chuck C. Johnson Claims the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Is “Working With” Him

Pure character assassination
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Tweeted this morning by the far right blogger who’s so evil-minded even a lot of conservatives despise him:

The equally disgusting Jim Hoft echoes Chuck C. Johnson’s claim in a new post, with no source whatsoever (which means his source is probably Chuck C. Johnson), titled: Breaking: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Also Files Lawsuit for Michael Brown’s Arrest Records.

The Gateway Pundit can confirm today that The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also filed suit for Michael Brown’s arrest records.

If this is true, the Post-Dispatch is collaborating with the worst people in the right wing in what can only be described as a pure character assassination smear. Even if Michael Brown did have a juvenile arrest record, it’s absolutely irrelevant to his shooting death; the only possible reason to try to get his juvenile records is to further poison the well.

I found no mention of this purported lawsuit at their website, but I’ve emailed the Post-Dispatch asking if this claim is true and I’ll update this article if/when I receive a reply. I also contacted their account on Twitter:

UPDATE at 8/29/14 1:06:27 pm by Charles Johnson

So it’s true after all.

Post-Dispatch Seeks Juvenile Court Records.

In response to a number of inquiries today, I wanted to confirm that the Post-Dispatch filed a petition last week with the St. Louis County Family Court seeking the release of any juvenile court records it may have relating to Michael Brown.

The court filing is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Note that Chuck C. Johnson was lying that the Post-Dispatch was “working with” him.

It’s still very, very disappointing that they’re doing this. It’s a completely irrelevant issue. I can only think it’s driven by a desire to attract a right wing audience.

Ben Stein: Michael Brown Was Hopped Up On Marijuana and ‘Armed With His Incredibly Strong, Scary Self’

WTF
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I remember when I used to enjoy “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” but wow, are those days ever gone. Ben Stein has shown himself for quite a while to be a nutty reactionary, but this statement on Michael Brown, in an interview on NewsmaxTV, really takes him another step into bad racist craziness — as Stein opines that Michael Brown wasn’t unarmed at all, he was “armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.”

This bizarre, irrational talking point seems to be spreading through the right like wildfire. It’s a truly disgusting way for conservatives to deny the simple fact that an unarmed black teenager was gunned down in the street.

Related:
Fox News: Referring to Michael Brown as an “Unarmed Teenager” Is Misleading

And Now Jim Hoft Is Dishonestly Smearing Capt. Ron Johnson

The most dishonest man on the Internet lies again
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Yes, folks, as much as it pains me to do it, I need to write another post about the Dumbest Man on the Internet tonight, because he’s spreading evil racist lies again, about something that’s easily checked.

Jim Hoft’s latest ugly race-baiting post: Celebrated #Ferguson Capt. Ron Johnson Pulls Gun on Unarmed White Kids on Bikes | the Gateway Pundit.

Last week Attorney General Eric Holder met with Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in Ferguson.

Johnson was celebrated for his handling of rioters in Ferguson, Missouri. (Slate photo)

Now there’s this photo of Captain Johnson pulling a gun on white kids

This photo was from the “Ride of the Century” stunt bikers event in 2013. There was No reason for a gun to be drawn. The kids were doing bike stunts and the highway was clearly already shut down at this point.

Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson gun drawn on unarmed white kids.

This is what Ron is doing around those that he deems as thugs! Ron fears bikers??

Yes, there was definitely a reason for Capt. Ron Johnson to draw his gun, and these were definitely not harmless “unarmed white kids.”

Here’s some information about the “Ride of the Century” that Jim Hoft isn’t telling you in his post about “unarmed white kids:” Ride of the Century Fatalities, Arrests: Michael Evans Clips Cop Car, Crashes, Police Say | Riverfront Times.

After days of increasing tensions between police and the Ride of the Century participants, two riders died in crashes over the weekend. Many others were arrested and cited for a range of violations.

Metro police yesterday identified the victim in one of the fatal crashes as Michael Evans, a 32-year-old Harrisburg, Illinois resident. According to cops, he was speeding with a group of motorcyclists at around 6:05 p.m. on Saturday near an unmarked police vehicle on duty by Elizabeth and January avenues in the Hill neighborhood in south city. The group of riders were allegedly traveling southbound — in the northbound lane.

Evans’ motorcycle clipped the unmarked cop car while attempting to pass on the right, according to police.

That’s why Capt. Ron Johnson pulled his gun on these people. This was a lawless, violent, anarchistic event, not simply some harmless “white kids” doing bike stunts, and it had been happening for years, getting worse and worse. Finally, after people started dying in these “bike stunts,” the police cracked down and put a stop to it.

And Jim Hoft lives in St. Louis, so he certainly knows the history of the “Ride of the Century.” This is nothing but absolutely blatant racist incitement.

Jim Hoft, Dumbest Man on Internet and Master of Projection: Did CNN Get Duped?

“Did they do a background check on the attorney?”
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Sometimes right wing loon Jim Hoft is so incredibly dense yet so amazingly egomaniacal, he rivals the best comedy, albeit inadvertently. In today’s example of this un-self-conscious idiocy from the ineffable Gateway Pundit, dim-witted Jim asks the question: Did CNN Get Duped by Unverified Audio Recording of Mike Brown Shooting in #Ferguson? | the Gateway Pundit.

CNN invited North County attorney Lopa Blumenthal to discuss the video. Blumenthal, a leftie, is representing the man who made the tape during an online chat session.

Oooh, a leftie! In Jim’s vague universe, that means nefariousness is afoot! How does he discern that Ms Blumenthal is “a leftie?” By linking to this page at Facebook:

That settles it, all right — she’s a Commie! Probably a Muslim too. And undoubtedly an atheist.

Jim continues mangling the English language:

CNN ran the video and decided to verify its authenticity later - something they lectured The Gateway Pundit about on Sunday.

Clearly, Jim’s prodigious ego (which dwarfs his intellect) has suffered a blow. A lecture! How DARE they? Well, he’s not going to take this lying down; he asks a series of questions, most of which are not in the form of questions:

The video brings up more questions than it answers:

** Dorian Johnson said he was conversing with Brown during the confrontation.
** Dorian Johnson also said Brown ran about three car lengths away when he turned around.
** The St. Louis County police said at least one shot was fired off in the car.
** Why was the audio made public now?
** Where’s the rest of the audio before the series of gun shots?
** Why would CNN run and [sic] unverified audio? (We all know the answer to that.)
** Did they do a background check on the attorney, at least?

AT LEAST! All attorneys who appear on CNN should be asked if they are now or have ever been Muslim commie atheist progressive far lefties!

These are penetrating, incisive questions… if you’re an idiot. Which Hoft, of course, is.

He continues ambling down Illiterate Street:

CNN better hope this does not come back to bite them.

Like Hoft’s ridiculous, bogus report about a “fractured eye socket” came back to bite him?

Yes, that would be terrible indeed.

UPDATE at 8/26/14 4:51:34 pm by Charles Johnson

By the way, one of dim Jim’s questions:

Where’s the rest of the audio before the series of gun shots?

…has now been answered by Lopa Blumenthal, the attorney for the man who recorded it. There is no “rest of the audio.” That twelve-second clip is the entire recording.

How Ben Shapiro Spent His Time During Michael Brown’s Funeral

Just more of the same Breitbart race-baiting
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So what was strange, twisted right wing hatchet man and malevolent garden gnome Ben Shapiro doing yesterday while the funeral of Michael Brown took place?

He was busily digging up examples of funerals that weren’t attended by Obama administration officials. And look! He made them into a listicle, for ease of hating: 6 FUNERALS OBAMA CARED LESS ABOUT THAN MICHAEL BROWN.

On Monday, the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot under disputed circumstances by Officer Darren Wilson, took place. Slated attendees included Snoop Dogg, Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO), Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), P. Diddy, Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson, and giving the eulogy, Al Sharpton.

The White House has also sent three aides to the funeral: Broderick Johnson of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the Office of Public Engagement.

Which begs the question: why would the Obama administration send not one but three attendees to the funeral of a strong-arm robbery suspect who allegedly punched a police officer in the face - but ignore the funerals of other, more worthy characters?

It’s absolutely SHOCKING — that someone like Shapiro, who supposedly went to Harvard Law School, doesn’t understand the meaning of the phrase “begs the question.”

The article? It’s the usual Breitbart race-baiting incitement; I won’t bore you with the idiotic details. (One inadvertently funny note: with his usual perfectionism and attention to detail, Shapiro refers to singer Whitney Houston as “Whitney Housing.”) But once again we see the Breitbart audience responding in that adorable Pavlovian way, spewing all kinds of outright racism and repulsive hate speech in response to Shapiro’s bloviations.

Here’s a sample of the creepiness; I’m hiding it by default because, as usual, it’s ugly beyond belief, like turning over a rock in a sewer.

Obama is and probably always will be a Chicago thug. He only sends his people to the funerals of high profile fellow thugs.

[…]

If the Black Community gave a damn about their living black males as much as they appear to care about the dead ones, we’d have less of these events.

[…]

Law abiding conservative TEA Party Patriot citizens, their counterparts in the military, Government. Police, Firemen, Services, Business, etc., etc, are vastly outnumbered by criminals, schemers, thugs, takers, and layabouts! It took a century for communism to squeeze the life out of America and now Communist control “everything”; do you really expect they’ll allow citizens to exercise their vote in free and open ‘elections’ to remove them from “Power”? The world is entering a second “Dark Ages” and the slate of recorded History is about to be wiped clean. Expect our Libraries, museums, collections, and History to be obliterated in the blink of an eye!

[…]

“Oh da pain!” “Oh da pain o’ bein’ a black man in a white man’s world!” “Whut am I gonna do?” “I jus’ can’t take dis anymo’ ” “Lordy, lordy!”

[…]

The wookie be sayin’ check yo white privilege!

[…]

Here are the nicest words oBAH!ma could ever repeat on a golf
course: “I’m having a stroke,” “I’m having a stroke,” “I’m having a
stroke”!

[…]

Cigars purloined from the local quickmart were passed out after the services.

[…]

Exactly. I can just hear that scrawny jive-asss Big Al saying to everybody at the funeral “Yeah baby, thanks to brutha Mike, dis here is one fine tastin’ see-gar!”

[…]

see AMERICA- the conservatives were NOT wrong when they told you that obama doesnt know what class is—he only knows what thuggery is and he LOVES it! notice how our AMERICA has spiraled downhill and out of control——yeah—he is doing it intentionally-wake up people!

[…]

Happy NOW, Dark America and your pale sycophants?

[…]

Obama is no different than the rest of the jives in the black community, they all prefer “fresh white poozy” instead of “the black musk”.

[…]

Did they smoke blunts to mark his passing?

[…]

I wonder if it was Big Al or P. Diddy who picked up the tab “fo’ all da fried chiggin’ ” at the reception they had afterwards?

[…]

You have to be careful using select words that are pre-programmed into the website computer to be filtered out, words like “s—t” “asss” etc. You have to modify the word slightly as indicated.

[…]

When the muslim mulato issues his EO amnesty ploy, how long will it take the entitlement crowd to figure out they have to split the gubment goodies another 15 million ways.

[…]

Why does this surprise anyone? Barack Hussein Obama is a truly evil man and he loves to show his devotion to evil every chance he gets. Hopefully we’ll see his funeral very soon! We can dispose of his evil ass in the same manner we did his evil brethren Osama Bin Laden. Hell, why wait, let’s do it now!

[…]

Thuggie got what he deserved.

[…]

I wonder when Breitbart is going to pick up on the story of Ralph Weems, a white Marine who was brutally beaten by a pack of black animals in West Point, Mississippi?

On and on it goes, crazy ranting, overt white supremacism, conspiracy theories, and whining about being falsely accused of racism followed by sickening racist comments.

In other words, the right wing blog business model.

Jim Hoft’s Latest Ugly Lie: Says Video Advocating Peaceful Protest “Threatens Violence and Destruction”

Hoft lies even when it’s easily checked
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In Jim Hoft’s latest appallingly stupid and dishonest post, he flat-out lies about the video above: Latest #Ferguson Video Threatens More Violence & Destruction | the Gateway Pundit.

Hoft picks out a photo to accompany the video showing tear gas canisters going off, but the image is not from the video, and has nothing to do with it. Here’s how Hoft describes this video, in his usual clumsy, hateful way:

One of the latest video productions from Ferguson features a young teenager from Ferguson at the rallies for “justice.” Teen Shame Flowers warns that there will be more violence and destruction if Officer Darren Wilson is not indicted for the murder of Michael Brown.

First, this teenager’s name is “Shane,” not “Shame.”

Second, there is not a single point in the video at which Shane Flowers “warns there will be more violence and destruction.” In fact, the message of the video is exactly opposite to Hoft’s dishonest description. Flowers talks only about peaceful protests, and other young men in the video explicitly say the rioting was wrong.

Watch it for yourself and see. It’s a really moving short documentary with a purely positive message, and it’s not at all about threats or violence.

Jim Hoft isn’t just the Dumbest Man on the Internet, he’s also the Most Dishonest — and he’s doing his best to poison the discourse around this issue.

Why It’s Pointless to Reach Out to Gateway Pundit for Comment on His Bogus Claims

A very nasty piece of work
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I’ve had several people approach me on Twitter this week (all right wingers) and angrily tell me I should have asked Jim Hoft for comment on why he deliberately altered that now-infamous CT scan image to conceal its source.

So just for the record, I’m going to point out that I have indeed asked Hoft directly, several times, to comment on this and other debunked claims he’s made, and he simply never answers — in fact, he usually just spews dim-witted insults at me, like this:

But his associate, who uses the Twitter handle @ProgsToday, did engage with me (in a manner of speaking) about this altered image two days ago. Here’s what happened (I recommend scrolling to the bottom and reading up, to get the full flavor of the nastiness):

Clearly, neither Hoft nor whoever’s behind the @ProgsToday account have any intention of answering a direct question like this. With these weaselly, sarcastic responses, we can only assume it’s because they have no answer, and that they absolutely did intend to mislead and trick their readers.

And as I’ve previously noted, it worked. You can find that altered stock image posted all over fringe right wing blogs as “Darren Wilson’s X-ray,” and this false claim even made it into Ann Coulter’s latest column.

UPDATE at 8/24/14 4:49:31 pm by Charles Johnson

Here are my previous attempts to get Hoft to comment on his use of a white supremacist group as a source, including an offer to publish his reply unedited. No answer.

Dumbest Man on the Internet Forgets to Delete the Unedited Version of the Image He Edited

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Following up once again on our posts about Jim Hoft and his now-debunked “report” (I’m using quotes because calling anything Hoft does a “report” is a wild exaggeration) that officer Darren Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket,” we showed yesterday that Hoft or someone at his site had deceptively blacked out the words “UNIV OF IOWA” in the example CT scan they posted, presumably to trick people into thinking it was a scan of Darren Wilson. (In truth, it was a stock image Hoft lifted from a medical site.)

And the trick worked, by the way; right wingers all over Twitter, Facebook and blogs reposted the image as “Darren Wilson’s X-ray.” This bogus claim made it all the way up the wingnut ladder to Ann Coulter’s latest column, in fact.

But hilariously, when Hoft edited the image to erase those words, he simply left the original unedited version on his server without deleting it, and replaced it in the post with the doctored one. How do I know this? Because the unedited image is still right there on Hoft’s web server where he left it:

Image: orbital-blowout.jpg

If you hover over that link, you’ll see that it goes to the Gateway Pundit /uploads/ folder, and has the filename “orbital-blowout.jpg”. (Click the link to see the image.)

The doctored version of the image is here:

Image: cranial-.jpg

And this one has the filename “cranial-.jpg”.

Just in case Hoft now tries to delete the unedited image, I saved a copy of the page at webcitation.org, where you can see that it really was at that address:

webcitation.org

Just one more inadvertently funny example of why Jim Hoft is well known as the Dumbest Man on the Internet.

Exposing Gateway Pundit’s Dishonesty: He Altered a CT Scan Image to Trick His Readers

Scheming fraudster is busted
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Here’s another follow-up to my article about Jim Hoft’s dishonest tactics in promoting his bogus claim that officer Darren Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in a purported struggle with teenager Michael Brown.

As I pointed out in the earlier piece, Hoft posted a stock image of a CT scan of a fractured eye socket, but apparently erased the words “UNIV OF IOWA” from his copy of the image.

Well, thanks to LGF readers @franklinftw and @loveheylola, I can now remove the word “apparently” from that description, because we have proof that Hoft (or someone who works with him) did indeed alter that CT scan, almost certainly to mislead people into believing it was an image of officer Darren Wilson. (And he was successful in fooling many right wingers, including Ann Coulter.)

A cached version of Hoft’s page at the Internet Archive Wayback Machine captured at 18:08:39 (UTC) on August 19th shows that when Hoft first posted the image, it did contain the words “UNIV OF IOWA.” Here’s a screenshot of the Internet Archive’s cached version:

Zooming in on the CT scan, we see the words “UNIV OF IOWA” at bottom right:

But an hour later, at 19:19:19 on August 19th … hey! What happened to the “UNIV OF IOWA?”

That’s right, folks — in that hour between the first capture and the second, Hoft crudely blacked out the words “UNIV OF IOWA” and reposted the image, in a pathetically obvious attempt to hide the true source of the CT scan.

A closeup view of the altered version:

Not only has Jim Hoft’s story been shown to be false by CNN, we now know he deliberately misled his readers into thinking this was a CT scan of officer Darren Wilson by altering the image.

Jim Hoft is busted. Exposed as a fraudster. He should apologize and retract this post, but I know he won’t — because that’s not how the Dumbest (and Most Dishonest) Man on the Internet rolls.

Ann Coulter Takes Jim Hoft’s Misleading Bait, Says “We Saw X-Ray of Wilson’s Fractured Eye Socket”

Spreading lies to the right wing audience again
Wingnuts • Views: 34,875

As I pointed out on Tuesday in this article, far right blogger Jim Hoft apparently deliberately tried to mislead his readers into believing that a random example image of a CT scan he posted was actually an image of Darren Wilson’s purportedly fractured eye socket. Hoft erased the words “UNIV OF IOWA” from the image he posted, and his text did not make it clear it wasn’t Wilson’s CT scan:

Original example CT scan (L), compared to altered image posted by Jim Hoft (R)

And guess who took Hoft’s misleading bait, and is now promoting this false claim as a “fact” to her enormous audience of right wing readers? Would you believe… Ann Coulter? Ann Coulter - August 20, 2014 - NO FACTS, NO PEACE.

This week, we saw the X-ray of Officer Wilson’s fractured eye socket.

No, Ann, you did not. You saw a CT scan of an unnamed child with a fractured eye socket, posted years ago at numerous medical websites, scrubbed of its identifying information by Jim Hoft.

The rest of Coulter’s piece is her usual race-baiting rubbish, but this is another case study in how false information spreads through the right wing universe.

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 Frank says:

Why do you necessarily have to be wrong just because a few million people think you are?