When the Associated Press, Reuters, the Telegraph and The Wall Street Journal report that 1000 Muslims formed a ring of protection around a Jewish synagogue in Oslo, Norway, multiple people post live pictures on Twitter and every other news organization in the known universe picks the story up and prints it, it can typically be taken at face-value.
Not for Brietbart. The conservative propaganda mill that still can’t understand that “acts of terror” was muttered in the Rose Garden the day after the Benghazi attacks has decided that the event was a hoax, and the mainstream media built it onto something it wasn’t in a conspiracy to get people to stop hating Muslims:
The weekend’s feel-good story about a Muslim “ring of peace” formed to “protect” Jews at an Oslo synagogue turned out to be a complete fabrication by the mainstream media, according to an eyewitness report, local officials, and attendees’ photos.
An interesting accusation. Let’s check Brietbart’s sources:
According to a local eyewitness, only about 20 or so Muslims formed the ‘ring of peace’ around the Oslo synagogue.
The only link is to an article about how the organizer of the event was an anti-Semite. No name, no quote, just “a local guy said.” Compelling stuff.
As for “local officials”:
A local news outlet explained how the media got to its ‘1,300 Muslims’ number. ‘According to police, there were 1300 persons present in the event. Very many of them ethnic Norwegians,’ read a translated report from Osloby.no.
The link to the ‘report’ is a picture of the event posted on an image server. If I’m reading it correctly, the “officials” corroborated the more than 1000 number the media reported. “Many ethnic Norwegians” is pretty vague. If only the link to the report actually linked to a report.
How about “attendees Photos?” Surely they must have the real story:
Pictures from multiple angles show that there wasn’t enough people to form a ring, so the locals instead formed a horizontal line in front of the synagogue.
These “pictures from multiple angles” are posted on Twitter. Unfortunately for Brietbart, they also come with up to 140 characters of text:
Ummm…The people who tweeted wrote that there were 1000 or more Muslims there forming a ring of protection to show solidarity with their Jewish neighbors.
Brietbart uses pictures showing 20 people and that’s what happened. Never once should anyone consider that more than 1000 people may not fit in a single picture or that the massive structure may have more than one dimension, with sides and possibly even a back. “Rings” are typically circular in nature.
Brietbart’s evidence? There’s a guy with his hand in his pocket, which breaks the circle. It isn’t a carefully cropped image, we promise, it’s the end of a line of 20 people.
Why does Brietbart insist on being deceptive? Well that’s simple. The ignorant GOP base needs to hate Muslims. All Muslims. This story doesn’t fit the mold, it shows that Islam is in fact a religion of peace, and they just can’t have that kind of truth smashing the mirrors they like to show smoke in.
Brietbart is officially a farce. Well, OK, they were officially a farce long before this happened, but this blatant bit of journalistic jackassery proves it beyond the shadow of a doubt.
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