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Daily Beast fooled by Reuters parody tweet

Twitter banned a Reuters parody account after The Daily Beast cited its tweet as an authoritative source for claiming that the shooters in Quebec are white supremacists.

The lesson here is that leftist journalists (who are supposedly expert fact-checkers dedicated to only reporting the truth) are as easily fooled by hoaxes that seem to confirm their worldview as are Trump supporters. Even though it should have been obvious that it was not the real Reuters based on the misspelling of Reuters News Break.

Before the account was banned, the account owner posted the following self-congratulatory tweet:

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Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 30, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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  1. OT: It seems that that favorite public intellectual of HBD supporters, Charles Murray, is a traitor against Trump and the alt right movement: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/01/30/daily-202-fear-of-authoritarianism-pervades-koch-network-seminar-as-billionaire-donors-grapple-with-trump/588e4ed9e9b69b432bc7e09a/?utm_term=.839785740e8d

    Murray is another establishment dinosaur that hitched his wagon to a sinking ship (i.e. Koch Bros. who would support Hillary even over Trump), bemoaning a changed landscape of MAGA vs. his rich cronies who would sellout America in the name of globalism and the libertarian meme.

    Sanjuro

    January 30, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    • Being weird enough to publish “The Bell Curve,” in a society deeply hostile to its message, might also mean you’re weird in other areas, like idealistically insisting on a well-mannered 20th century WASP leader in a country that can’t be governed by one anymore.

      Richard

      January 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      • I think Murray wrote “The Bell Curve” because he believes that the hereditarian view is true and that the promotion of hereditarianism would have a positive effect on public policy. Regarding his endorsement of a stately WASP leader, it shows he’s a bit out of touch.

        Lewis Medlock

        January 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    • Murray has been #NeverTrump scum from the beginning. I don’t know why people would expect anything else. Murray hasn’t been able to say Obama’s name since 2009 without talking about how incredibly proud he is to live in a country that elected a black president. Here’s a tweet from a Murray on January 10th: “My opthalmol’st Latino; cardiol’st Korean, dermatol’st black, GP Persian, otol’st Indian, urol’st Greek. Why I like high skill immigration.”

      Horace Pinker

      January 30, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    • Breaking news from 2015.

      For a guy who writes so much about bubbles, Murray is in a very weird information bubble of his own.

      He seems genuinely not to get that the left has changed since the 90’s, and if it’s allowed to take power (and in particular to take the Supreme Court) they would have him imprisoned or worse (best-case scenario they would be lenient if he publicly recanted his heresies).

      He also seems genuinely not to get that the country has changed since the 90’s, that the Republicans face a much more uphill battle to assemble a winning coalition, that a winning coalition for the TruCon/neocon policies he likes is no longer possible, and if nothing’s done about immigration conservatism of any variety is history.

      snorlaxwp

      January 30, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      • Exactly correct.

        +1 snorl for explaining old rightist ignorance of what’s going on in America and why it’s hard for the neocon/TruCon/libertarian right to accept. Trumpites can come to power only by promising the middle class benefits that the left has abandoned. The 20th Century right cannot come to power anymore at all with our existing demographics.

        owentt

        January 31, 2017 at 3:05 am

    • Murray was a NeverTrump TruCon before such a thing even existed. He’s always been libertarian. Now, libertarians are absolutely right when it comes to criticizing the left and liberalism. Which is why Murray was heralded when they were in charge and he was challenging them. But libertarians aren’t conservative and certainly not nationalist. Now that we have a nationalist in the WH he’s switched his focus to criticizing Trump. That’s also why all the TruCons and NeverTrump suddenly appeared out of thin air.

      That’s not to say they don’t have any good positions because they do. The problem is that they are ideologues who take those positions to extremes and clamor on about “muh principles” and “muh liberty”. As I’ve said in previous comments, principles and liberty don’t mean much when you’re on the deck of a sinking ship. They’d rather have their “principles” than save the country. So, while I agree with their positions on some issues, I’m no ideologue. I’m perfectly willing to put on hobnailed boots and stomp a mud hole in libertarian principles when there’s a compelling reason to do so. Is there a compelling reason for protectionism and border enforcement? Yep.

      destructure

      January 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    • murray didnt just write the bell curve, richard herrnstein did. herrnstein died before it was even published meaning murray had to do all the defending of it and he was seriously shellshocked by how pissed off liberals were by it that he has become mega cuckified since and refuses to say or do anything controversial.

      james n.s.w

      February 1, 2017 at 3:34 am

  2. This Bissonnette story sounds too good to be true. How does one gather a comprehensive bio/life story of a perpetrator within a 24 hour period? There are too many fake news out there. One article states that the Muslim population in Québec City is about 70K, which is 10% of the population, and this is the reason why Mr. Bissonnette went on a rampage. Québec City only has 1/2 million people. It’s absolutely ludicrous!

    JS

    January 30, 2017 at 11:50 pm


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