Homocon Site Again Fingers Innocent Man As Terrorist

The Washington Post reports:

Geary Danley was not the gunman in Las Vegas who killed at least 50 people late Sunday. But for hours on the far-right Internet, would-be sleuths scoured Danley’s Facebook likes, family photographs and marital history to try to “prove” that he was.

The right-wing news site Gateway Pundit also picked up these rumors as fact in a now-deleted article. That article’s URL was still the top result for Danley’s name on Google in the early hours of Monday morning.

The headline, still visible in search results, and remaining on the first page of results for Danley when I ran my 9 a.m. search, read, “Las Vegas Shooter Reportedly a Democrat Who Liked Rachel Maddow, MoveOn.org and Associated with anti-Trump Army.”

After Gateway Pundit accused an innocent Michigan man of being the Charlottesville Nazi terrorist, a lawyer for the man’s family vowed to sue. So far there are no reports that a suit has been filed.

NOTE: The “THIS IS FALSE” message was added by a Twitter user, not Gateway Pundit.

  • Lazycrockett

    SMGDH

  • Ninja0980

    This SOB is going to get someone killed someday, he really is.

    • boatboy_srq

      Are we sure it hasn’t happened already?

    • gaycuckhubby

      Trump or Hoft?

      • TominDC

        Yes.

  • kcken

    Alex Jones was already on the air calling it a “false-flag” attack.

    Sigh. Somedays I just want to set the world on fire.

  • hoover2001

    Please, somebody sue them out of existence.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Gateway Pundit – still the unchallenged “Stupidest Man on the Internet”.
    And these Klowns have the audacity to scream “Fake News!”.
    {SMGDH}

    • TCinBerkeley

      Don’t forget his twink homunculus, Lucian Whatever.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I hope they get sued out of existence

    • boatboy_srq

      This is the biggest problem with libertarianism: redress is after the fact, and too many “libertarians” are more interested in Tort Reform (!!1!1) than preventing the problems in the first place.

      • The_Wretched

        ^this.

        It’s a subtle point but has huge impacts. We should have regulations to prevent harms that are difficult to remedy after the fact (and are fully foreseeable).

  • boatboy_srq

    They’re so eager to find a scapegoat culprit.

    You would think that a “news” organization would be more interested in unearthing fact – oh, right, facts are for liebruls.

    /s

    • coram nobis

      Marinus van der Lubbe wasn’t available as a scapegoat this semester.

      • Smokey

        He wasn’t going to lose his head over something like this, Reichstagsbrand maybe, but not this.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Serious question… does ISIS have a history of taking credit for events they aren’t involved in?

    • Tomcat

      Why, of course.

      • gaycuckhubby

        I know thats the general concensus. But are there examples?

        • Bad Tom

          This one.
          ——-
          In truth, we should wait until the authorities have investigated his social media & search histories.

          But unless you keep tabs, the resolution will be lost in the geyser of stuff happening everyday.

        • Bad Tom

          The FBI has already investigated.
          ISIS is not involved.

          “But are there examples?”

          THIS ONE.

        • This Slate article details that ISIS has become less reliable in the last few months, pointing to the casino shooting in Manila and few other instances.

          http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/10/02/isis_s_claims_of_responsibility_are_getting_more_dubious.html

          • gaycuckhubby

            Thanks for the info! 🙂

  • FAEN

    I hate that this ‘man’ profits from making innocent people’s lives miserable.

    • boatboy_srq

      Paraphrasing Hearst: “You provide the pictures, I’ll provide the lawnorder.”

    • ultragreen

      Those libel lawyers will eventually make him pay.

  • FAEN

    NV gun laws seem to be a bit odd?

    • SoCalGal20

      There aren’t really any. Open carry, no license or permit needed (I guess?), no limit on magazine or clip size, etc.

  • Bluto

    Truth is anti-American. Honor is unpatriotic. Compassion is for losers.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c612864a9e77da2b3f94a110a5ee6fe92fb26ddd27af5185e4cdce2f465bddd8.jpg

    • Tomcat

      AMEN !!!!!!!!

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        I don’t think most Trumptards have reflections.

    • Lizard

      It surprises me to see that on a Baptist church…

      • Wiki has an article on this church. They sound pretty cool actually.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madison_Avenue_Baptist_Church

        • Lizard

          Huh. Well, good for them.

      • Tulle Christensen

        Do not confuse southern baptist with baptist

        • FAEN

          I must admit I tend to do that. I didn’t know there much of a difference. Are Baptists slightly more liberal?

          • Lizard

            Well…southern Baptists are so over-the-line conservative that any other faction looks pretty liberal by comparison. But yeah, they can be liberal. This particular church, for example, has ordained several liberal ministers and is accepting of LGBT identities.

          • FAEN

            Thanks matey.

          • Shy Guy

            I believe the Southern Baptists split from the Baptists because they (Southern) were pro-slavery.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention

            My mother is a (Welsh) baptist, and when we lived for a short time in NC, we went to a (probably Southern) Baptist church there once, before realising they were nothing like our baptists, and we went to a methodist church after that.

          • jerry

            Yeah, I grew up going to an American Baptist…it was more like a Methodist church than the hard-line evangelical Southern Baptist.

          • Baptist is a word used by a large number of denominations. I believe the church pictured is a predominantly African American church in midtown Manhattan. Not remotely affiliated with Southern, Missionary or other right wing Baptists.

          • Hryflex

            The husband of a former co-worker of mine is a pastor in the Regular Baptist denomination. He has officiated at least two same sex weddings. When his daughter got pregnant out of wedlock he told her that he would not oppose an abortion. He and his wife like to hang out with a lesbian Presbyterian minister and her wife. There are many flavors of Baptist.

      • Bluto

        Me too. Broken clock, blind squirrel thing.

    • Stephen Elliot Phillips

      VIVE LA 1984!

  • Tomcat

    Looks like another real big lawsuit for the idiots.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    ” Google News promoted a 4chan thread ”

    !!!!?!??!!!

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      They’ll do anything for advertising dollars.
      It’s all about the $$$.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Money is great, but how about, oh I don’t know..some Standards ?!?!

        • Standards? What will you ask for next Principles?

        • David Walker

          They have that, but they spell is $tandard$.

    • Kelly Lape

      Google news didn’t “promote” the thread. Google analytics picked up the thread and because it was extremely active it became the top response to a google search of the name. That’s how Google works.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Tell the guy that tweeted that.
        All these social media venues need to get their act together.

      • barrixines

        That’s how Google isn’t working.

      • Halou

        Google bombing. Sometimes it can be fun, like when searching “French military victories” it instead referred you to French military defeats. Other times people have been less than comical, such as putting antisemitic trash at the top of searches for “Holocaust”. Every time it happens Google says they’ll fix their program but it keeps on happening just in different places.

        • Kelly Lape

          Santorum.

    • I spend probably a half hour playing around with the settings on Google News to get it to be what should be the default settings, i.e. no far right wing nonsense sites. I was tired of half the articles being from Breitbart or the Washington Times.

  • HZ81

    They’re hideous “human beings.”

  • Tatonka

    With 50 dead and hundreds wounded in only five minutes of shooting, I wonder how long it will take Alex Jones and his band of bozos to start bleating about false flag operations and the “deep state.”

    *edit* Nevermind. I see from the comments below that it’s already happened. What a filthy piece of dung he is.

    • Tomcat

      It was all done with stunt doubles. No one was killed or harmed in the liberal production of WE NEED GUN CONTROL. /s

      • boatboy_srq

        Exactly how many liberal billionaires that free with their money, and how many willing footsoldiers, do they think there are? You would think that if they’re as outnumbered as all their claims imply, they might have second thoughts about whether they are on the right side…

    • barrixines

      They have already identified one of the crisis actor corpses as also being a grieving mum at Sandy Hook, one of the leapers on 9-11 and a stunt double for Laverne on Laverne and Shirley.

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but watching CNN and am seeing the cop who proposed to his partner after DOMA was struck down on TV.
    Guess he does stuff for them now.

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    You could set an atomic clock by them.

  • Ken M

    And the (Right Wing crowd) goes wild.

  • Lizard

    This was probably planned. It doesn’t matter that they pulled it. The damage is done. Now some people, no matter the evidence to the contrary, will steadfastly believe that this shooter was a liberal who liked Rachel and hated Trump.

    This is evil in media form.

    • AmeriCanadian

      It is evil and it just shows that we on the left are dumber and slower to not do these things first, especially knowing that this is the modus operandi of the right. Just how long will it take to learn to use their strategy against them? I’ve been waiting decades.

      • Lizard

        Because it’s disgusting and wrong to defame innocent people?

        The day we define being ethical as “dumb” is the day I give up on this country.

    • This is a common tactic. Put something out, Wait for it to be forwarded/retweeted, then delete it knowing that it will continue to spread but allowing the original poster to claim that they had retracted it. It’s a despicable practice and one that needs to be called out. We should wait for facts. Speculation helps no one, but the so-called mainstream media is lousy with speculation in lieu of facts. Here’s an idea, if you run out of facts on a story, switch to another one. I don’t have cable any more but I’m willing to guess that CNN has dropped Puerto Rico as a story for nonstop coverage of the LV shooting. Am I right?

      • canoebum

        A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Jesus fucking christ what is wrong with these people? And what difference does it make if he was a Democrat? What in the hell does that prove?

    • Lizard

      It plays into their narrative of dangerous unstable Democrats who are out to “get” innocent conservatives trying to enjoy an evening of country music. After that impression sets, the facts won’t matter. People believe what they want to believe and this is just feeding their confirmation bias.

      This was a targeted media strategy, and it’s going to work.

      • Tawreos

        It will also be hyped by the NRA so that they can let people know to go buy all the guns before the liberals come to kill them.

        • Lizard

          And they’ll use the tsunami of “Now can we talk about gun control?” to get their base to panic, run out, and buy more guns in case gun control is passed. (Which it won’t be.)

          I feel like I’m watching a chess game unfold. We know exactly what their strategy is and exactly how it’s going to unfold but can’t do anything to stop it.

    • SoCalGal20

      Of course it makes a difference. These right wing fuckers want a civil war. They want the left GONE.

  • Ken M

    Nevada should be renamed “The Addiction State” Gambling, Alcohol, Drugs, Guns, even Tobacco products are cheaper (if bought on Reservations.) If it’s immoral, unethical etc., this is the place to go and do it.

    • UrsusArctos

      The are features, not bugs. They chose to build their economy on “sin tax”. No judgement here. If commercial sex/drugs/other “vices” were legalized/normalized/taxed across the nation the country would be a lot safer and stronger.

      • Ken M

        The American escape from it all. Especially the guilt of morality ie religion.

    • Friday

      There is kind of the big question if this rich old white guy with two airplanes gambled away everything or something like that. Then for whatever reason decided to say”Screw everyone else” and take it out on huge crowds of people just in time for that “revolution” RWNJ’s have been tweeting about for two days from now.

    • canoebum

      There are also very many nice, normal humans living and working there, creating new things, raising families, innovating and adapting to a harsh climate, helping other people. Your brush may be a bit too broad.

  • Blake J Butler

    I’d sue.

  • Rex

    As an innocent man, I know what it’s like to be fingered incorrectly.

    • Mike_in_the_Tundra

      I definitely have a dirty mind.

    • barrixines

      Straight man? God knows how many times I’ve had to say to one – no matter how long you jab away at it like that it’s not going to get wet all by itself.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Surely Gateway Pundit must be funded by Russia.

  • The_Wretched

    I hope they are sued but the damage is already done. The RWNJs are getting their bias confirmed and, in reality land, there’s too many open questions and lack of evidence to make comments like they have.

  • The_Wretched

    I wonder if they suspect that this shooter is a RWNJ and need to get ahead of that narrative.

  • Ken M
  • FAEN
  • Bad Tom

    Gateway Pundit, Alex Jones, and their kind always claim any tragedy is a false flag, or was perpetrated for political ends that are always the fault of the left.

    Every. One.

    They never offer sympathy or empathy or help to the victims. Never.

    To them, this is simply an opportunity to grift off the news attention being given to the tragedy.

    They. Are. Jackals.

    • -M-

      This should be on billboards everywhere.

      • David L. Caster

        And the systemic defect cured or at least exploited in some way to counter its effects. That is, use the amplification of these false stories to counter them in social media by, for instance, cleverly debunking hashtags on Twitter.

  • Cuberly
  • barrixines

    Fuck knows why I am indulging this nonsense aspect but the FBI have denied there is any link to international terrorism.

    I feel betrayed. If you can’t trust ISIS to tell the truth who can you trust?

    • David Walker

      Come now, my good man. How can you write that? You know it’s “whom can you trust” and not “who.” I’d expected better from you.

      • barrixines

        Awfully sorry but I was using my Strunk’s Elements of Style to wedge up a leg of the bed.

        • David Walker

          Well, I’ll accept that this time.

      • grada3784

        If it was good enough for Johnnie Carson, why isn’t it good enough for the rest of us?

        Damn, I am so old.

  • Friday

    These fricking right wing publications that willfully defame innocent people just need to be shut down and thrown in jail. This is blatantly criminal, if you asked me.

  • JT

    He should sue them into oblivion.

  • Barry William Teske

    Where evil goes to and grows, so do the lies.

  • Highmoremotel

    Typical.

    If you have to lie, cheat and steal for your cause, your cause is for shit.

  • Publius

    “I wonder why Facebook news algorithms prioritize widely shared and discussed clickbait/fake news stories.”

    *Clicks on link to an article about fake news, which only boosts the story on Facebook news feed*

  • JWC

    This is precisely what the world does NOT need right now Getting to the real facts is difficult enough with the inclusion of bat shitt crazy fake news to stir it up

  • I read somewhere that ISIS had taken credit for the attack. I suspect that they didn’t, but fake news is most common in a crisis or disaster (even when people are attempting to report accurately).

    Also, my opinion about the shooter and that he shouldn’t have been able to buy machine guns does not change depending on his political views, associations or anything else. This shouldn’t have been possible.

    • Ken M

      I’m a little grey on this, but doesn’t ISIS prefer their shooters not to commit suicide. Sign of weakness and all that. I’m aware of vehicle users, but that’s a different method and suicide isn’t always an option.

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        Suicide bombers?

    • Chucktech

      I doubt that he bought a “machine gun.” Apparently you can modify a semi automatic assault rifle to be fully automatic. Ain’t America grand?

  • Gene Perry

    Fake News … for real.

  • Halou

    Do these people have an “In the event of terrorism” list of otherwise random names ready to use for days such as this?

  • ColdCountry

    These assholes should be required by law to print HUGE retractions, not simply delete their posts and pretend it never happened. And then they should be arrested for endangering the lives of innocent people, and then sued into oblivion by the person they falsely accused.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Or sued for liable. That might be the most effective way of shutting them down.

      • Natty Enquirer

        “Reportedly” gets them off the hook.

    • Halou

      Similar to newspapers. Though I would add that any retraction from any media be given the same slot as the story they are retracting.
      So if another “It was a Democrat” article is put front and center during a primetime slot so everyone on earth can see it then so should the “Actually, we lied” article. None of that bottom of the page in small print at 2am on Monday shit they’re inclined to do.

  • Ken Berry

    I hope he sues Gateway Pundit into oblivion. If only Peter Thiel wasn’t so deplorable.