FAKE NEWS? You haven't seen the real thing yet.

Elon Musk: "I'm not far-right, I'm only right-wing at all because the left is moving super-extra-far-left, thereby moving the center to the left of me."

Also Elon Musk: [to Hillary Clinton] "Here's a piece about the Pelosi assault from far-right conspiracy theorists that claimed you died and somebody took your place to debate Donald Trump in 2016."



Edit: Screenshot from the website. "I might disappear for telling you the truth."

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It's very easy to drum up a fake storm and that's very unfortunate because it makes so many groups and minorities an easy, vilifiable target.
 
I joined Twitter Community Notes and have done my bit.

One of the two notes left on the Clown World tweet for review echoed Michael Hobbes's tweet above.

The other note argued that the tweet was accurate and didn't require context and linked to a Fox interview with some TERF which quoted the fake tweet verbatim as "proof". I hope it gets downvoted into oblivion.

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Trumpism, man.



Worthless Trumper (the Department of Redundancy Department approves) Matt Couch co-opts brutal 2020 assault of a 15-year-old black girl, a crime for which a dozen attackers were arrested, to distract from a criminal investigation against Fake Bake bitch.

Why lie about the victim's race? Because Couch is pandering to racists who are expected to be more sympathetic to a white victim and seethe with hatred for the black DA who took office twenty months after the perpetrators' arrests.
 
On top of that, even if it was a current situation, the DA can investigate both.


I get it, it's hard to comprehend multiple things when there's a single cell at work.
 
Oh look, he's getting pissy. Check out his childish response.

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A search for “Carleton brother” on Twitter reveals multitudinous other examples of users echoing these claims in response to Democratic politicians and media figures reporting on Carleton’s murder and commemorating her life.

Lauri Carleton’s friend, the director Paul Feig, responded to the trolls replying to him on this point:

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The Marine Corps worked behind the scenes last month in an attempt to convince Fox News to retract its false story claiming a Gold Star family was forced to pay $60,000 to ship the remains of a Marine killed in Afghanistan, according to emails obtained by Military.com.

A service spokesman notified the news network that it was pushing an incorrect story and accused it of using the grief of fallen Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee's family to draw in readers, the email exchanges, released through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, show. Fox News eventually deleted the story with no correction, and it never reached out to the Gee family with an apology as the Marine Corps requested, the family said.

The Fox News story came from Republican Rep. Cory Mills, a freshman congressman from Florida, who claimed Gee's next of kin were strapped with the $60,000 charge after a meeting with the families of Abbey Gate bombing victims, a suicide attack where 13 service members were killed outside of the Kabul airport in 2021.

Gee's family never paid a dollar to transport her remains, and the Marine Corps let Fox News know -- in no uncertain terms -- that the July 25 story was false in a series of emails over the following days.

"This headline correction is still misleading and your story is still false," Maj. James Stenger, the lead spokesperson for the Marine Corps, wrote to Fox News in an email after the publication changed the headline and body of the story in an attempt to soften the accusation.

"Using the grief of a family member of a fallen Marine to score cheap clickbait points is disgusting," Stenger wrote. The spokesman was one of several military officials frustrated with the story, according to the documents.

The email from the Marine Corps came a day after the service requested a full retraction of the story, an apology to the family from Fox News, and a public explanation for any corrections, according to the emails provided by the service through the FOIA process.

Jay Wallace, president and executive editor of Fox News Media, at least one other executive and other Fox News staff members were included in the emails.

Fox News spokesperson Ali Coscia declined to answer Military.com's questions sent Monday to staff. The network also did not answer inquiries last month when the story was taken down.

The article appeared to have been wiped from the Fox News website. According to Gee's family, the outlet never contacted them with an explanation or apology after quietly deleting the piece.

Military.com reached out to Mills' office Tuesday about the story. A spokesperson from Mills' office said that neither the Marine Corps nor the Pentagon contacted the Republican's office "with any request" about the piece.

Mills also removed the story from his official website after the Fox News link became inactive, according to the spokesperson.

The email exchanges between the Marine Corps and Fox News suggest the service felt the false story crossed a sensitive line -- propagating a narrative that accused the service of not taking care of its fallen.

The original headline of the Fox News piece was: "Family forced to pay to ship body of Marine killed after Pentagon policy change: 'Egregious injustice.'"

As the week dragged on and the story spread, the Fox News article was changed. The word "forced" was removed from the headline and lead paragraph. Parts of the story body were changed, too, and reflected information added after publication.

The new headline indicated that the family "shouldered" the burden to transport Gee's remains -- also not true -- and attribution to Mills became more prominent.

Before publishing Mills' account of the meeting, Fox News did not obtain comment from Gee's family or the Marine Corps, though a statement was added after publication. The end of the original piece said that Fox contacted the Pentagon, which did not "immediately" comment.

"To be clear: It's not enough that you went back and added our statement after the original story was on your website for several hours," Stenger wrote to Fox News. "The story should be removed entirely and a new story should replace it."

Mills also appeared to walk back his original claim, saying instead that the family was "in their time of grief, confused" about the military transportation policy. Mills' spokesperson said the congressman stands by that statement and "looks forward to working with his colleagues in Congress to ensure this is never a concern for a Gold Star family."

Comments from Gee's family, the Pentagon and the nonprofit that actually stepped in to pay for the flight before the Defense Department became involved, worked their way into the piece before it was taken down.

None of the changes was marked with an update or correction, a common media practice that offers transparency when outlets make a mistake or change a story.

By the following Friday, the article was removed completely without explanation by Fox News, even as outrage over the alleged injustice continued to spread online.

Mills' post on X -- the site formerly known as Twitter -- sharing the false story with a now-defunct Fox News web link, as well as posts by other conservative lawmakers similarly spreading the narrative, were still available at the time of this reporting.



Meanwhile, the original claims in the story -- though incorrect -- included a kernel of truth.

The policy at the center of the story launched in the summer of 2021 and requires family members of fallen service members to front money for funeral transportation to a second location. Under the policy, they would then be reimbursed by the Pentagon later.

However, the nonprofit Honoring Our Fallen, through an anonymous donation from a veteran, paid to fly Gee's remains on private transportation to Arlington National Cemetery, according to the Marine Corps. No money was required from the family and the nonprofit stepped in before any reimbursement process was even started, let alone one with a $60,000 price tag.

Military.com cannot confirm how much was paid by the nonprofit to secure a private flight.

Christy Shamblin, Gee's mother-in-law, told Military.com Tuesday that she only wanted to bring attention to a frustrating 47-page policy when she spoke to Mills' staff during the meeting with Abbey Gate victims, and to make it easier for other Gold Star families to navigate the bureaucratic and tragic process of transporting remains.

Now, she wants to help clear any "muddy" waters in the wake of the story. Shamblin blames herself for the tumult it caused, and has been mostly alone in publicly taking responsibility.

When told about the Marine Corps' efforts behind the scenes to correct the record -- something Shamblin said she tried to do herself by contacting Fox News -- she said that "it falls in line" with her beliefs about the service.

"They are truthful, they're honest and they're dependable," Shamblin said.

As indicated by the article transcribed in full above, Fox News nuked the article from its site--a tacit acknowledgement of the story's falsity--but it is presently archived.

A Republican lawmaker is sounding the alarm after being notified one of the 13 Gold Star families from the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was forced to pay to move the body of their loved one.

Rep. Cory Mills, R-Fla., who is also an Army veteran, told Fox News Digital that during a meeting with the families of the "Fallen 13" last week, he was "enraged to learn that the Department of Defense had placed a heavy financial burden" on the family of Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, who were forced to find funding in the thousands to move her body to its final resting place after her death 2021 death in Afghanistan.

The Gee family was able to secure the funding, which came to "a staggering $60,000," to move their loved one's body after a nonprofit organization stepped in to cover the cost, Mills said.

According to Mills' office, the option for the Defense Department to decline to pay for transport of the body was made possible by an amendment to last year's National Defense Authorization Act, stating that the secretary of Defense "may" provide a fallen service member's next of kin "a commercial air travel use waiver for the transportation of deceased remains of military member who dies inside a theater of combat operations.’’

Gee's remains were initially flown to her hometown of Roseville, California, for a ceremony, but the responsibility for transporting Gee to her final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery would fall on the family. Honoring Our Fallen, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting the families of fallen American service members, stepped up to help the family transport the remains via private jet to Virginia.

But Mills believes that the responsibility should fall on the Defense Department and not burden the families of fallen heroes.

"Typically, our fallen heroes are flown back home for a solemn service and then laid to a final rest at Arlington Cemetery with the utmost respect and honor," Mills said. "It is an egregious injustice that grieving families were burdened to shoulder the financial strain of honoring their loved ones. This is an unacceptable situation that demands immediate rectification."

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
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Fox News falsely reported last Wednesday that a car accident at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara, New York, was an act of terrorism. Much of the network’s coverage was based on reporting from correspondent Alexis McAdams, who attributed her information — later debunked — to anonymous law enforcement sources. A close look at Fox’s treatment of this event shows how the network manufactured a terrorist event out of thin air, and then blamed it on Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians, and their supporters.

Fox News personalities and guests made at least 97 claims alleging or speculating that the crash was an act of terrorism or an attack from when the incident happened at 11:30 a.m. ET, until about approximately 5:15 p.m. ET, when Gov. Hochul stated that the explosion was not related to terrorism. From when the network first began reporting the crash, around 1:15 p.m. ET, through Gov. Hochul's statement, Fox News aired 1 hour and 45 minutes of on-screen text that speculated that the car crash at the U.S.-Canada border was an act of terrorism or an attack. Several Fox guests and personalities backpedaled their statements over the course of the timeframe.

The incident occurred on November 22, one of the busiest travel days of the year, at a border checkpoint between the United States and Canada. By 9:40 p.m. ET Wednesday evening, the FBI had concluded its investigation, determining that “no terrorism nexus was identified.” Local police have now taken over the investigation, and a cause of the crash has yet to be released. The Niagara police chief criticized media outlets for spreading misinformation about the crash, which he said had “created significant and unnecessary anxiety in the community.”

Right-wing media outlets including Fox News have consistently fearmongered about the purported threat of Muslims and Arabs looking to cross into the United States to carry out violence following an attack in Israel on October 7 by the armed wing of Hamas, the Palestinian organization that governs the occupied Gaza Strip. An estimated 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas attack; Israel responded with a bombardment and invasion of Gaza that has reportedly killed more than 14,000 Palestinians, an estimated 10,000 of whom are women and children. Incidents of anti-Muslim discrimination in the United States have skyrocketed over this period.

Fox News was an early source to falsely claim the accident in Niagara was an act of terrorism, with the clear implication that it had been carried out by Islamists.

“High level police sources tell me this is an attempted terrorist attack,” Fox’s McAdams posted on X (formerly Twitter) at 1:53 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22. “Sources say the car was full of explosives. Both men inside dead.” By 3:16 p.m. ET, The New York Times reported, “A preliminary investigation has found that the car did not contain explosives,” which users on X added to McAdams’ post as a community note.

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McAdams’ post spread fast. Fox News border reporter Bill Melugin shared McAdams’ post to his more than 350,000 followers and made his own post paraphrasing and citing his colleague. Melugin later deleted that post, but his repost of McAdams’ initial message is still viewable on his timeline.

Around the same time, Fox News anchor John Roberts read McAdams’ reporting on air, including information not contained in her post.

“Alexis McAdams is reporting that according to high-level police sources, the explosion was an attempted terrorist attack,” Roberts said. “A lot of explosives in the vehicle at the time, the two people who were in the car are deceased, one Border Patrol officer was injured. Driving from the U.S. apparently to Canada, and were trying to drive toward the CBP [Customs and Border Protection] building.”

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Roberts also suggested that Hamas might be behind the attack, claiming the “unrest in the Middle East that has spilled out past Israel” means there “could be operatives in this country sympathetic to terrorists who want to send a message here in the United States.”

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From there it was off to the races, as other Fox News on-air talent and guests began pushing the narrative that the incident was an act of terrorism. “When you are talking about radical Islamic terrorism and the attacks against the United States, this has happened before," said senior correspondent Eric Shawn.

During the 2 p.m. hour of America Reports, Roberts speculated whether the two people involved were "acting alone” or if the explosion was “part of a larger plot.”

“How long have these people been in the country — are they American, are they foreign-born, are they radicalized, are they just trying to make a statement here?” he continued. “I mean, there’s so many possibilities.”

McAdams joined the program as well, reporting that there may have been a “second car possibly involved” and that the original car was “full of explosives, according to those high-level sources.” She added that “there’s going to be big crowds of people coming here to New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade," insinuating it could be a target, and also repeated that the explosion was “a planned terrorist attack, according to high-level police sources who were on the ground."

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Later that hour, former Homeland Security adviser Frances Townsend suggested, like Shawn before her, that Hamas or another group of “jihadists” may be to blame.

“We don't know yet whether or not this is attributed — can be attributed to Hamas or another terrorist group, but I will tell you from our own experience we know that this sort of bomb, this kind of a vehicle bomb is sort of a classic technique of, you know, jihadists,” Townsend said. “So I don't think law enforcement yet understands who it was or what the intended target was, but the detonation of an explosive, a vehicle explosive this size, is regrettably — look, there could have been many more casualties — but as I say, very much a hallmark of jihadists.”

Roberts interviewed Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who used the opportunity to go on an anti-migrant tirade. “We have a number of people, by the tens of thousands, who have entered this country with bad intentions,” Ramaswamy said.

At 4 p.m. ET, McAdams joined Your World with Neil Cavuto to double down on her initial reporting, only to then retract it — all over the course of a few minutes.

“We’ve been checking in with police sources who were very confident just in the past hour or so saying that they believe this was a terrorist attack there, at that border crossing,” McAdams said. But the story had already started to fall apart.

“The bomb techs, who have lots of experience, thought that this was an explosive — that the car, I was told, had explosives in it, several explosives were in that vehicle,” she continued. “Now they’re backing that up, saying it was the way that the car landed that caused such an explosion.”

Finally, McAdams was forced to retract her initial claims. “We started seeing those conflicting reports, but that’s what happens with breaking news,” McAdams said. “They get new information, they give it to us, and we bring it back to the viewers.”

“So as of now, they’ve walked back that it was a possible terrorist attack,” she concluded.

Still, McAdams’ walkback didn’t prevent Fox from continuing to weaponize the incident against Palestinians and migrants.

On The Ingraham Angle, guest host Jason Chaffetz acknowledged the explosion might not have been an act of terrorism, but used it to argue for a nativist immigration policy anyway.

“Today's explosion at the border, regardless of the motive behind it, is a chilling reminder that we are all on high alert and living in a post-9/11 mindset, which means that our borders need to be secure,” Chaffetz said, adding, that the Biden administration doesn’t “have the political will to actually shut down the border."

Later that evening, Fox’s Kayleigh McEnany insinuated that it was only natural to assume the explosion was tied to Hamas or connected with Palestinian solidarity demonstrations.

“The crash was so fierce and in such a sensitive location that everyone's mind of course went to the same place — terror,” McEnany said on Jesse Watters Primetime. “With war in the Middle East, violent domestic protests, radicals calling for days of jihad, the FBI director telling us to be vigilant — we are all on edge.”

McAdams’ misinformation reached far beyond the confines of Fox News.

On The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, host Clay Travis interviewed former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about the incident, also citing McAdam’s reporting. “Alexis McAdams, who is at Fox News, says: 'High-level police sources tell me this is an attempted terror attack,'” Travis told his listeners.

“This should not be surprising to any of us,” Christie concluded.

On X, a paid X Premium account called The Insider Paper posted Fox News’ supposed confirmation that the car crash was an “attempted terrorist attack,” which was reposted by right-wing media figures including Richard Grenell and Colin Rugg, racking up thousands of reposts and millions of views.

Right-wing sites American Greatness, The Gateway Pundit, The Daily Caller, and PJ Media also amplified McAdams’ false report, only to be forced to update their stories after she retracted her initial claims.

There was no terrorist attack at the U.S.-Canadian border on Wednesday, November 22. But Fox News’ manufactured panic was very real, and risks exacerbating the threats that Muslims and Arabs in the United States already face.

[Media Matters searched transcripts in the SnapStream video database for all original programming on Fox News Channel for any of the terms “U.S,” “America,” “Canada,” “New York,” “Ontario,” “Niagara,” “Buffalo,” “border,” “rainbow,” “bridge,” “cross,” “checkpoint,” “FBI,” “CPB,” or “Villani” (including misspellings) within close proximity if any of the terms “car,” “vehicle,” “sedan,” “luxury,” “Bentley,” “crash,” “blast,” or “flame” of any variations of any of the terms “explosion,” “fire,” or “terror” from 11:30 a.m. ET November 22, 2023, when a luxury vehicle fatally crashed into a checkpoint at the U.S.-Canada border, through approximately 5:15 p.m. ET November 22, 2023, when New York Gov. Kathy Hochul held a press conference indicating that the crash was not a terror attack.

We included claims, which we defined as instances when an uninterrupted block of speech from a single speaker speculated that the car crash at the U.S.-Canada border was an act of terrorism. For host monologues, correspondent reports, and headlines, we considered a single claim to be the speech between played clips or read quotes. We did not consider the speech within the clip or quote unless a speaker in the segment positively affirmed said speech either directly before or after the clip was played or the quote was read.

We also manually scanned all video on Fox News Channel from 1:15 p.m. ET November 22, 2023, when the network first reported on the crash, through approximately 5:15 p.m. ET November 22, 2023, and timed all visual chyrons that speculated that the car crash at the U.S.-Canada border was an act of terrorism.

We rounded all times to the nearest minute.]
Lying rats. Every single one of them.
 

Lying rats. Every single one of them.
A friend of mine messaged our group and said "it was a terrorist attack" and I was like which news are you watching? "My news is saying they don't know why it happened and aren't sure whether the car or something in the car exploded." He says "Fox news". I was watching CNN.

Not that it mattered what I was watching because obviously any sensible reporter would've been unable to come to a conclusion at that point. I was glad to illustrate to my friend that he was watching nonsense and that what he was hearing wasn't true or even reasonable speculation. It's not often you get to debunk a person in real time as its happening, teach them a little lesson on critical thinking as they're thinking it.
 
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A friend of mine messaged our group and said "it was a terrorist attack" and I was like which news are you watching? "My news is saying they don't know why it happened and aren't sure whether the car or something in the car exploded." He says "Fox news". I was watching CNN.

Not that it mattered what I was watching because obviously any sensible reporter would've been unable to come to a conclusion at that point. I was glad to illustrate to my friend that he was watching nonsense and that what he was hearing wasn't true or even reasonable speculation. It's not often you get to debunk a person in real time as its happening, teach them a little lesson on critical thinking as they're thinking it.
After the terrorist attack on 7.7.2005 the Metropolitan Police shot a guy in the head. I was on a forum and a lot of people were saying "one down, three to go" and didn't believe those of us who said summary execution is bad without trial. The victim turned out to be an innocent Brazilian guy.
 
After the terrorist attack on 7.7.2005 the Metropolitan Police shot a guy in the head. I was on a forum and a lot of people were saying "one down, three to go" and didn't believe those of us who said summary execution is bad without trial. The victim turned out to be an innocent Brazilian guy.
I distinctly remember at the time saying to a friend, "what a ****, if a policeman with a gun tells you to stop, stop..."

Turns out, 3 officers decided to restrain him, then shoot him in the head 7 times with hollow-points whilst he was getting off a tube train, after not identifying themselves as armed police officers, or establishing that the victim was who they thought he was, whilst under the supervision of someone that went on to be awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire for her services to the police...

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... followed by an absolute catalogue of arse-covering, a suspicious lack of CCTV footage, and a brilliant example of how eye-witnesses are not reliable evidence.
 
After the terrorist attack on 7.7.2005 the Metropolitan Police shot a guy in the head. I was on a forum and a lot of people were saying "one down, three to go" and didn't believe those of us who said summary execution is bad without trial. The victim turned out to be an innocent Brazilian guy.
In general principle, I have no problem with a lethal intervention. It should be the last resort - and in this country almost always is - but it's absolutely necessary that we have a way to kill a perpetrator before they have a chance to perpetrate a mass-killing.

I don't recall much of Menezes killing from the time, other than the fact there was extremely contradictory eyewitness testimony and that the version of events put out there by those in charge of the operation (edit: and since we're on "fake news", accurately reported by media until they were able to dig out things that gave that version less credence) were very much embellished in comparison to the subsequent facts and the later opinions under oath of the officers on the ground.

Had it been an actual terrorist doing an actual flee from police, actually running into a packed Tube station (shortly after an actual attack and very soon after a second, attempted one) and jumping the barrier to get into the train full of commuters - and with sufficient reasonable suspicion (and at a very high level for the subsequent shoot-to-kill order) - yep, relatively fine with it.

But in this specific situation none of that happened, it was just what the people in charge said happened. The chain of command - including Gold Commander, Dame Dick - didn't get a single check right before issuing the kill order, not even bothering to get the suspect's identity right (or ethnicity, given that they had specific targets and all were a lot... browner; Somali/Ethiopian/Eritrean if I recall). It simply didn't meet the level of reasonable suspicion required to order the specialist firearms officers to kill Menezes, and everything put out thereafter was arse-covering.

The death of an innocent is tragic, but we're supposed to have such a high bar to clear for firearms discharge (it's often the last thing a firearms officer does as a firearms officer) that it should be extraordinarily rare and almost never have that outcome. A mistake can happen, but there's checks on the pathway before a bullet is discharged and it seems none of them were followed - and Dame Dick 100% bears all the responsibility of it.


And the whole "one down, three to go" thing was nuts. They were attempted suicide bombers who failed. Once they're not an active threat, there's simply no need to shoot them. I think they were all subsequently caught and given life.
 
Following the mass shooting in Kansas City that left one dead and 22 other injured, unfounded reports began circulating on social media, and were boosted by prominent elected officials, that the shooting was perpetrated by an undocumented immigrant.

One such post was made by state Sen Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, who is running for Secretary of State.

“I’d hope this first-hand experience with violent illegal immigrants & repeat violent offenders–children shot at a parade–will help them see the urgent need to close our borders, stop promoting Sanctuary Cities to violent illegal immigrants & end liberal catch & release policies for violent criminals,” Hoskins posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, in response to a post by Democratic state Sen. Lauren Arthur.

Arthur’s post had highlighted Missouri’s lenient gun laws which prohibit local municipalities like Kansas City and St. Louis from imposing their own restrictions.

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Hoskins later deleted the post and did not response to questions from the bureau about it.

Two teens have been arrested and charged in the shooting, but Kansas City Police haven’t released any personal information about them.

Scott Charton, who works with Missourians for Fair Governance opposing efforts to change Missouri’s initiative petition process, posted a collection of screenshots in which the X accounts of state Sens. Hoskins, Nick Schroer and Rick Brattin – as well as the X account for their group, the Missouri Freedom Caucus – made similar false claims that the KC shooting was tied to illegal immigration.

The photos in posts that were shared by Missouri Freedom Caucus members showed the arrest of Denton Loudermill, a native of Olathe, Kansas, who had been detained by police for public intoxication and for failing to leave the crime scene.

“At least one of those arrested is an illegal immigrant,” the account for the Missouri Freedom Caucus posted. “Close our borders!”

The caucus’ account later deleted that post.

“Denton is an Olathe native, a father of three & a proud @Chiefs fan,” the X account of the Missouri Freedom Caucus later conceded. “He’s not a mass shooter. Images of him being detained for being intoxicated & not moving away from the crime scene at the Chiefs rally have spread online. He just wants to clear his name.”

Charton replied to the tweet with screenshots he had taken.

“Apex of bad faith and subsequent flailing to distract from their specific roles in spreading this disgusting lie,” Charton said.

Senate President Pro Tem Caleb Rowden, who is also running for Secretary of State, admonished his colleagues who used the photo and called for a public apology.

“I would hope my colleagues who used his image with false and inflammatory rhetoric would apologize,” Rowden posted. “He absolutely deserves that.”

Congressman Tim Burchett, R-TN, was one of the first to falsely claim Loudermill was “one of the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade shooters” and an “illegal alien.”

As of this article’s publication, his post on X was still active.

Democrats have accused the GOP of flailing to tie the shooting to a “crisis” at the southern U.S. border. Missouri House Democrats announced plans to hold a rally in front of the state capitol Monday to discuss their plans for a renewed push for strengthening the state’s gun safety restrictions.
Representative Tim Burchett of Tennessee, a Republican, has come under fire after falsely claiming on social media that one of the shooters at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl celebration parade last week was "an illegal alien."

In a post published on Thursday on X, formerly known as Twitter, Burchett shared the image of a man sitting down in front of police caution tape at Union Station in Kansas City, flanked by two officers. While the man was not one of the shooters, Burchett mistakenly identified him as one of the two gunmen who opened fire at the parade, writing: "One of the Kansas City Chiefs victory parade shooters has been identified as an illegal Alien."

Two teenagers have been charged by police for the shooting at the parade that left one dead and several injured. While the juveniles' ages and identities have not been released, police confirmed that the victim was Lisa Lopez-Galvan, a local DJ and mother of two. The shooting is considered to have started after an argument between the teenagers.

Burchett's claim on X has been corrected on the social media platform, where readers have added context specifying the individual in the picture was not one of the shooters. A fact-check by Reuters mentions local reports saying that the individual in the picture was arrested for drunkenness at the parade and later released.

It's unclear where Burchett got the false information that the man in the photo—taken by an AFP photographer—was a suspect in the parade shooting, but the image circulated widely on social media in the day following the tragedy with the claim the individual was involved in the violence. Other posts on X and Facebook shared the photo claiming the man, whom they call "Sahil Omar", was "an illegal immigrant" involved in the shooting.

Police confirmed they never named an Omar as a suspect, nor did they name any of the people they arrested in connection with the shooting. The photo from the AFP photographer, available on several agencies, does not name the individual.

Newsweek contacted Burchett's Washington office for comment by phone early on Monday, outside of standard working hours, and left a voice note.

It's not uncommon for Burchett to share on his social media profiles news reports on shootings and crimes involving illegal immigrants. Since posting the false claim on the Kansas City parade shooting, the Tennessee Republican shared three such articles indicating illegal migrants as suspects of violent crimes. As a comment to one of them, he wrote: "It never ends. #illegals."

But having shared false information on the Kansas City parade shooting has exposed the Republican to the anger of many on social media, who accused him of "flat out" lying "to promote racism."

"You are a sitting U.S. congressman. Your job is to tell the truth to the American people, but yet you provided zero sources and flat out lied in order to promote racism," wrote an X user. "This is what was reported by KC authorities today. Which one of the two 'youths' is the picture above?"

Brian Carniello, a 2024 Democratic Candidate for Tennessee's State House District 14, wrote, asking: "Is Burchett circulating disinformation?"

Many wondered why the congressman kept the post up despite his claim being proven false, with some writing that Burchett can expect to be sued.
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Lying rats.
 
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Burchett's tweet was reposted by over 2,000 people and was interacted with by at least 4,000. Loudermill, a father of three, told local media he's received death threats since images of him at the scene went viral, but he's not taking legal action.

“Mr. Denton has received death threats over a lie, over misinformation,” his attorney told local news. "He didn't do anything wrong. He did not commit a crime. So please, run, tell that. Get the truth out there. Help us clear his name. Help us save his life."

Knox News reached out to Burchett on Feb. 19 to ask about the false X post, and he replied he was taking it down.

"Thanks for bringing that to my attention," he wrote.
"Thanks for bringing that to my attention." Yeah, right, ya fink.
 
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