Man Falsely Accused Of Being Nazi Terrorist Goes Into Hiding After Death Threats, Will Sue Far-Right Sites

CNN reports:

In the immediate aftermath of the Charlottesville terror attack, the far-right website GotNews posted what seemed like a huge scoop. The website said it could “exclusively reveal” that the person who had run over a group of demonstrators in a Dodge Charger was not a white nationalist, but instead a critic of President Donald Trump.

The Michigan man GotNews had identified was in fact not the driver. He was not even in Virginia at the time. But within hours he and his family had been forced to flee their home at the advice of local police, who expressed concern for their safety after a slew of death threats rolled in.

To be sure, GotNews wasn’t the first outlet to peddle the false report. There had been similar chatter online on places like 4Chan and Twitter, and other far-right publications also ran with the false story. But GotNews wrote about the man who was wrongly identified, Joel Vangheluwe, and his family, in perhaps the most confident terms of any publication. It retracted that story not long after it was published.

GotNews soon issued a retraction, said it regretted the error, and apologized to the family. Its founder, Charles Johnson, told CNNMoney in an email his website “merely reported on the existence of the evidence” and suggested he’d be happy to discuss the matter further with the Vangheluwe family attorney. (Johnson later tried to retroactively declare his comments off-the-record, said if they were published he would work to get this reporter “fired from CNN,” and warned this reporter not to “make the mistake of making me an enemy.”)

The family’s lawyer says they plan to sue the sites behind the false accusation. Johnson, you may know, is one of the internet’s most notorious trolls and has been banned from Twitter.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Will Trump decry this fake news from Gateway Pundit? Sad!

    • Tawreos

      If it isn’t against him then it cannot be fake news.

    • kaydenpat

      No, he’ll hire them to work in his administration.

  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    lol : Fox presenter bursts into tears because others on the panel won’t agree with her that some Nazis are nice :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7iOQKnVsI8

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      !!! “I am so uncomfortable having this conversation.”

      • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

        Faux News : ‘Stop calling them Nazi ! Call them Nicey!’

        • Octoberfurst

          Just the other day I had a conservative Facebook friend–former now–who tried to tell me that the Swastika flags being carried at the rally did not mean the alt-right protesters were bad people. She pointed out that the Swastika symbol is very old and means “good luck” so I shouldn’t have such a “narrow view” of it. It was such a face-palm moment. But she swore up and down she isn’t a racist. Riiight. I said “Bye-bye!”

    • Todd20036

      Fox News is the propaganda arm of this regime.

      • Michael White

        they have been the Pravda of the republicunts since 9/11

    • kaydenpat

      Imagine being a grown up woman and arguing that some Nazis are nice. By definition Nazis cannot be nice just like members of ISIS cannot be nice. Idiot.

      • Michael White

        Shame on you for trying to confuse these ( fill in the blank) with facts.

    • Gigi

      Brilliant! I can’t believe there was one on the sofa who criticized Trump for saying there were good people on both sides. The Nazis were chanting BLOOD AND SOIL along with JEWS WILL NOT REPLACE UP. Their hate march wasn’t about a bloody statue.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada
    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      LOL, you poor miserable bitch.

  • Gigi

    Funny how a site called “GotNews” has no news whatsoever.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      They misspelled Not.

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  • Todd20036

    I’ve heard of this. It’s as if Milo accused Rupaul of Pizzagate.

  • kaydenpat

    But but but the alt-right are cool peeps according to Trump. No way would they threaten anyone after falsely accusing him of murder. No way. They’re such gentlemen.

  • Tawreos

    They see a car in Virginia with Ohio plates and accuse a man in Michigan of being the driver with some certainty. Fucking genius.

    • Joe in PA

      And CNN is still calling the car a Dodge Charger? It was a Dodge Challenger. Good job with the facts there CNN.

      • JCF

        I actually was driving behind a gray Dodge Challenger yesterday. I had half a mind to yell to the driver “Put an anti-Trump sticker on there, so no one gets the wrong idea!” But I thought better of it. You know, thinking in terms of stereotypes—that’s the Alt-White’s schtick.

  • Joe in PA

    If any good comes from this: bankrupt Charles Johnson. But I’d still like to see him in jail…he is a vile human being.

  • Ninja0980

    It was only a miracle no one got killed due to Pizzagate.
    At some point, that luck will run out.
    Which is why these far right assholes should be sued and taken to the cleaners.
    You want to put people in danger for clickbait?
    Then suffer the consequences.

    • Joe in PA

      You want to put people in danger for clickbait?…

      To them, that’s a win-win. 🙁

    • MAGABoy

      No one, except the children.

  • Bluto

    So using nazi logic, I assume the people threatening the falsely accused man are evil leftist libtard terrorists, which proves that the nazis are peace loving victims who nonviolently are righteously trying to save this great nation for all. amaright?

    • Octoberfurst

      That’s exactly how their “logic” goes. Anytime one of their own does something vile they always say that person was secretly a lefty who is trying to make the Right look bad. It’s their get out of jail free card.

  • MAGABoy

    Fake news! He was falsely accused of being an Antifa/Commie terrorist.

  • HozillaSmallpox

    If I’m not mistaken, this is Charles Johnson. I think he also had a hand in bringing Gawker down. Maybe he will get trolled for eternity https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b2b267908cbce996dfc0af085855a694fd743453a5cff04a4f1831082c606cd.jpg

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Now THIS is a ginger with no soul.

  • Halou

    “…said if they were published he would work to get this reporter “fired from CNN,” and warned this reporter not to “make the mistake of making me an enemy.”

    He sure has a high opinion of himself and his chances in a court of law. But, after the Gorsuch scam I guess he has a reason to believe that the dozens of judicial vacancies that had been kept deliberately vacant by Republicans will be stacked full of pro-fascist Trump loyalists.

  • Meh

    This is exactly why they shouldn’t have taken 6 fucking hours to reveal the killer’s identity!

    What’s even sicker is the righties are now claiming that this whole thing was a leftist inside hit job.

    You can’t make this shit up.

  • justme

    “It retracted that story not long after it was published.”
    But THEY did publish it and the retraction was probably in small print which no one read…
    The damage was already done…AND THEY know it!!

  • This needs to happen way more often. The Sandy Hook parents should sue Alex Jones for claiming they are paid actors pretending to have lost children. The Pizzagate smear victims should also sue. Not only will it hurt them financially, but going to court (they should NOT settle because it’s about truth, not money) and exposing them in public as liars and also expose those who finance them would be a great benefit to our country.

  • askDominick

    For both Charles Johnson and Jim Hoft, lying misdirection is a standard tactic. They just got caught this time.