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Who’s Behind the GoFundMe Crowd-Funding Pages for Darren Wilson?

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In the days since Darren Wilson was named as the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed Mike Brown, someone established a GoFundMe for raising funds for Wilson’s likely defense fund.

Other folks have already shown their true intentions in the hate filled comments supporting Wilson. People donated $25, $50, or more to the Wilson fund, and some expressed all manner of racial hatred and vitriol at Brown and those who are seeking justice for the shooting of an unarmed black man.

This is just a small sample, before the site took these comments down:

GoFundMe responded, not by taking down the fundraising site, but by eliminating the comments that highlighted the hate.

Note that GoFundMe is itself funded by taking a percentage of every donation. That’s their business model, so while it would be wise in the long run to reject these donations altogether, they’ve kept the donations, which helps fund the site.

The original page has been replaced by a new page, with the funds going to a 501(c)(3) charity, meaning donations are tax exempt.

This was the first update to that page, 5 days ago:

It was a request to contact an email address for more information or to donate directly to the Ferguson Police Department.

Well, we know who’s running it now; it’s a 501(c)(3) going by the name Shield of Hope:

Originally called the Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge 15 Charitable Foundation, Shield of Hope was founded in late 2011. (The name was changed shortly after.) According to a filing with the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, the charity’s board of directors include the Ferguson Police Department’s Public Relations Officer Timothy Zoll, Missouri State Rep. Jeffrey Roorda (a former police officer), and Florissant City Council member Joe Eagan.

They’ve also set up a Facebook page, which links back to the GoFundMe.

Charity Navigator doesn’t rate this charity because it isn’t required to file a full Form 990.

To me, the most interesting name associated with the charity is Roorda, because he’s also the state rep who tried to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret.

Roorda said he introduced the bill in 2009 out of safety concerns for police officers.

“Releasing a name could put someone in grave jeopardy,” Roorda said.

Roorda is also the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association. The bill would have prevented the public from obtaining any records and documents involving police shootings if those documents contained the name of the officer who pulled the trigger.

Roorda said he was concerned about retaliation.

“That someone would retaliate, think they did something wrong and try to hurt them or their family,” Roorda said.

The bill never became law. The Police Officer’s Association eventually reached a compromise with the St. Louis Police Department. The department agreed to not release the name of the officer if it felt the officer could face a threat. After the compromise, Roorda decided not to pursue the legislation.

Roorda dropped pursuing the bill’s passage, but he’s still out there trying to shield law enforcement from the repercussions of excessive force.

The other person involved, Joe Eagan, appears be the same Joe Eagan who was a former police officer who was nearly killed in a carjacking. Three suspects in the shooting were eventually arrested. He’s now a councilman for the neighboring city of Florissant.

I get why these three think that Wilson deserves a defense. They want to protect and shield their own, but they owe the Ferguson community so much more than just defending their police officers. They owe it to the community to be law enforcement officers who uphold the law and don’t engage in racial profiling. They owe it to the community to be law enforcement that doesn’t target minorities and see them as a piggy bank.

An analysis by NBC News indicates that in recent years, Ferguson and other nearby jurisdictions have issued citations for low-level traffic and other violations at a per capita rate as much as five times higher than cities in other parts of suburban St. Louis.

This was systematic targeting of minority drivers across the entire region, and one of the primary law enforcement agencies involved is the St. Louis County Police. The county police stops on Interstates was more balanced, but once you got to local roads, the bias is glaringly obvious. The Ferguson PD isn’t much different. They’ve got a similarly abysmal track record.

All the local law enforcement agencies involved in Ferguson have shown the community is nothing but a bottomless pit of contempt. And hatred.

And the comments by those who donated to GoFundMe expose still more racial hatred, and that should not be tolerated either.

The Wilson GoFundMe has raised more than $230,000 so far in 5 days.

That’s a whole lot of hate.

Now, before anyone thinks that I don’t think that Wilson deserves a proper legal defense, let’s further note that Wilson hasn’t been even charged with a crime yet. He hasn’t spoken to prosecutors and he remains in seclusion. Indeed, he doesn’t appear to have spoken to any law enforcement agency and isn’t likely to issue any statement lest he incriminate himself under the 5th Amendment.

So, all this money is being raised despite no charges pending and the grand jury just getting underway.

Wilson will likely get his day in court for the unlawful killing of Michael Brown.That’s his constitutional right; it’s sad that far too many of his supporters ignore how Wilson deprived Brown of that same right.

CNN Held Talks About Joint Venture With Glenn Beck’s The Blaze

CNN will apparently do anything to save their floundering HLN network
Media • Views: 3,345

If there is anyone left who doesn’t believe CNN is circling the bowl, The Wall Street Journal has burst your bubble this evening.

CNN executives have held talks in recent weeks with representatives from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, a 24-hour news and entertainment network, about a potential joint venture to overhaul HLN, according to people familiar with the matter. Those discussions came after Vice’s talks became public in June. CNN and The Blaze representatives couldn’t agree on terms, the people said.

Among the possible deals considered was an arrangement similar to the one being discussed with Vice Media, according to a person familiar with the deal: forming a new venture between CNN-parent Time Warner and The Blaze that would replace HLN’s current programming with Blaze programming.

The talks illustrate Time Warner’s eagerness to find a solution for the problems at HLN, which has seen its total viewership decline 22% for the season to date, and a 19% decrease in viewers 18 to 49 years old, the demographic that advertisers pay a premium to reach, according to Nielsen.

Although The Blaze has managed to get on Dish Network and a number of other small cable providers, Beck clearly aims to gain a larger platform for himself and his various lackeys who all seem to have their own shows.

While it is true that Beck’s special brand of insanity did previously air on HLN’s precursor for three years (2006-2008), there is a major difference between giving this man 5 hours per week and giving him 50% editorial control of an entire network.

CNN has always been a commercial venture, but it was once among the most respected news gathering organizations in the world. Since Jeffrey Zucker took the reigns as president of CNN Worldwide at the beginning of 2013, the brand’s transformation into the butt of jokes has become complete. The fact that this proposed merger has apparently failed does nothing to make CNN look better.

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

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DERP

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.

The Michael Brown Shooting Incident Report Is Ridiculous

WTF
US News • Views: 12,596

The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit to get Michael Brown’s shooting incident report released, and well… just read it for yourself.

It won’t take long. Just a few seconds. Because there’s almost no information in it.

Scribd Document

UPDATE at 8/22/14 10:44:03 am by Charles Johnson

And the Ferguson police department’s incident report is simply… blank.

UPDATE at 8/22/14 11:00:10 am by Charles Johnson

By putting almost no information in the reports, these two police departments have left themselves room to tell almost any story they want.

UPDATE at 8/22/14 11:23:18 am by Charles Johnson

For comparison, here’s the incident report Ferguson PD filed on the convenience store robbery right before the shooting of Michael Brown:

Scribd Document

UPDATE at 8/22/14 1:52:19 pm by Charles Johnson
UPDATE at 8/22/14 3:58:55 pm by Charles Johnson

Big correction here:

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

Scheming fraudster is busted
Wingnuts • Views: 31,884

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.

CNN Reports #Ferguson PD Officer Darren Wilson DID NOT Have a Fractured Eye Socket

Imagine my surprise
US News • Views: 32,397

For the past couple of days, I’ve been pointing out the numerous problems in Jim Hoft’s anonymously sourced claim that Ferguson PD officer Darren Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in a purported struggle with teenager Michael Brown, and now CNN is reporting that sources close to the investigation have told them this story is completely false:

Jim Hoft’s claims made it all the way to Fox News, I should note. Will this finally wake people up to the fact that Hoft is a serial liar?

UPDATE at 8/21/14 1:52:52 pm by Charles Johnson

Here’s the video clip of the announcement on CNN:

YouTube

UPDATE at 8/21/14 1:56:22 pm by Charles Johnson

As I pointed out in this article, Jim Hoft wrote that his source for the claim about the fractured eye socket was the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office. I’ve emailed the prosecutor’s office asking them for comment on Hoft’s claim, and will post if I receive a reply.

Related:
Jim Hoft’s Unsourced Claim That Officer Darren Wilson Had an “Orbital Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket”
If Darren Wilson Was “Savagely Beaten,” Why Did Neighbors See Him Mowing His Lawn Just a Few Days Later?
Ann Coulter Takes Jim Hoft’s Misleading Bait, Says “We Saw X-Ray of Wilson’s Fractured Eye Socket”

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: 24,044

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.

If Darren Wilson Was “Savagely Beaten,” Why Did Neighbors See Him Mowing His Lawn Just a Few Days Later?

This story does not smell right at all
US News • Views: 32,602
Officer Darren Wilson, minutes after supposedly being “savagely beaten”

If you’ve been following the ever-worsening accounts of the purported struggle between unarmed teenager Michael Brown and Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, you’ve seen the descriptions mutate from “minor injuries” for which Wilson was treated and released to “a savage beating” that nearly rendered him unconscious and caused an “orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket.”

But in this video from CNN, Wilson certainly doesn’t look like someone who was “nearly beaten unconscious” just minutes before; in fact, he shows no signs of injury or discomfort at all, walking casually around the body of the young man he just shot to death.

YouTube

And a New York Times piece about Wilson adds another piece of evidence that suggests this story is being greatly exaggerated at the very least, if not completely invented, because on Tuesday, just a few days after he was supposed to have been “beaten nearly unconscious” and suffered “severe facial injuries,” Darren Wilson’s neighbors saw him casually mowing his lawn — right before he skipped town.

One neighbor said he knew Officer Wilson was on the Ferguson police force, and figured out that he might be linked to the shooting of Mr. Brown when police cars, marked and unmarked, started showing up in the neighborhood several days ago. Then on Tuesday, Officer Wilson began mowing his lawn, but “he did not finish,” said the neighbor, who wore a faded Cardinals T-shirt and camouflage shorts. “It appears they left in a hurry.”

Did Michael Brown’s Friend Dorian Johnson “Recant” His Story? No, He Did Not

Another lie circulated by the right
US News • Views: 32,421

A rumor began circulating through the third-string wingnut blogs two days ago that Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown when he was gunned down by officer Darren Wilson, had “recanted” his account of the events and admitted Brown did attack Wilson in his police car.

Before this bogus rumor ends up on Gateway Pundit, as so many bogus rumors do, here’s a definitive refutation posted tonight on Twitter by Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, citing Johnson’s attorney:

It still may end up being touted as fact in the right wing blogosphere because that’s how they roll, but here’s the truth, for the record.

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