The establishment media loves their narratives, and they don’t give up on them easily.
So when Jordan Jereb, self-proclaimed leader of the white nationalist paramilitary group Republic of Florida Militia, claimed that Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz had trained with them, the media was quick to jump on that “fact” as yet another way to politicize the tragedy.
“Nikolas Cruz was a member of a white nationalist group,” read the Daily Mail headline.
None of it was true, of course, as local law enforcement quickly confirmed on the very same day that the “news” first surfaced.
Tallahassee Sheriff: No Known connection between White Nationalist group and Parkland shooter https://t.co/SI1tMFEybs pic.twitter.com/y1W5FPa3gp
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 15, 2018
Did the AP issue a retraction then? Negatory… Instead, the news outlet waited until Friday night to tweet the story, the equivalent of a correction on page B6 of next week’s newspaper.
White nationalist appears to have lied to the AP, other news outlets when he claimed that Florida school-shooting suspect was a member of his group. https://t.co/E09NtwL5qF
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2018
Wow, an attention-seeking white nationalist militia leader lying to the media. Who knew?
“It may seem odd that Jereb would bring attention to his group by claiming a connection to Cruz, but Jereb has always been somewhat of a publicity seeker. In 2014, in fact, he wrote us to complain that we had not already listed (Republic of Florida) as a hate group,” wrote the SPLC’s Heidi Beirich in a Thursday statement that was quoted in the AP story.
Predictably, Twitter wasn’t kind to the AP about their delayed retraction:
We got way in front of the facts because this fit the narrative we wanted https://t.co/UmlZ62BIcJ
— Jim Hanson 🇺🇸 (@JimHansonDC) February 17, 2018
And you didn't bother to do a basic background check on this clown? You just believe what any random person says without validation? https://t.co/ShmpWw7t7b
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) February 17, 2018
Only now is AP issuing a retraction.
Independent journalists were already yesterday reporting that the shooter was in fact NOT a white nationalist.
Took the mainstream media 24 hours before they issued a correction.
This is why no-one trusts the media anymore.
Do better. https://t.co/a7t11cQBvk
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) February 17, 2018
AP finally corrects itself https://t.co/vn06XfKGSi
— Scott Greer 6’2” IQ 187 (@ScottMGreer) February 17, 2018
won’t admit they pushed #fakeNews again https://t.co/XrPYwbOlaD
— Jimbo R (@Jimbo679) February 17, 2018
In our rush to somehow blame Trump we falsely claimed the Florida shooter was a white nationalist.
Our bad. https://t.co/iZDhmBEKlv
— The🐰FOO (@PolitiBunny) February 17, 2018
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