Power of Story Send a Tweet        
OpEdNews Op Eds

Breitbart, Palin spread fake news story blaming California fires on an immigrant man

By       Message Daily Kos       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H4 10/19/17

Author 38168
- Advertisement -

See original here

By Gabe Ortiz

- Advertisement -

From pixabay.com: California wildfires {MID-179287}
California wildfires
(Image by pixabay.com)
  Permission   Details   DMCA

A collection of right-wing websites teamed up with half-term nitwit Sarah Palin to spread a fake news story that appeared to pin the Northern California wildfires that have tragically killed at least 40 people, onto an immigrant man who was arrested at a park in Sonoma, California. Jesus Fabian Gonzales -- who "often sleeps in the park and is well-known to law enforcement" -- was arrested Sunday after starting a small fire that he says he lit to stay warm, and one that "was so small a responding sheriff's deputy was able to mostly put it out before firefighters arrived."

- Advertisement -

Gonzales was taken into custody without incident for one count of arson, but by Tuesday, Breitbart, InfoWars, and other sites were blaring sensationalist headlines, including one that stated that the "homeless arsonist behind Calif. wildfire that killed 40 people is an illegal alien":

"Breitbart News and InfoWars offered no evidence to link the man's arrest to the fires and their accounts of the man's arrest were disputed the same day by Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano.

"'There's a story out there he's the arsonist for these fires. That is not the case. There is no indication he is related to these fires at all,' Giordano said in a news conference also broadcast on the department's Facebook page and area TV stations. 'I just did want to kill that speculation right now so we didn't have things running too far out of control.'"

Speculation from, say, Palin, who tweeted that "bet you not a single mainstream news organization is going to cover this story. Not PC or something."

No, it's just fake, dumbass. In fact, USA Today notes that Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Crum said that "the only questions Breitbart News and InfoWars asked were about Gonzales's ethnicity and whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a detainer on him, which would hold him for an additional 48 hours at the jail."

It's almost like they have an agenda here!

- Advertisement -

And one of the fake news websites that ran with the story also appeared to think California was being hit by one giant fire, rather than the at least one dozen major fires that firefighters are courageously battling, and some hours away from where Gonzales was arrested. But when your goal is to blame immigrants for just about anything, who cares about the facts?

 

- Advertisement -

Must Read 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

articles reprinted from Dailykos.com

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon Share Author on Social Media   Go To Commenting

The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Just Read FBI Deputy Director McCabe's Statement Regarding His Firing By Trump... Just Read It.

Rush Limbaugh's Sponsor List

Comcast favors Fox News, charges $204 more for MSNBC package. ACTION NEEDED

Ron Paul takes lead In Iowa, Newt Gingrich falls off cliff

Republican Bill Bans Non-Church Marriages

Did Jared just secure his family's real-estate empire by facilitating a palace coup in Saudi Arabia?