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The Daily Caller Trolls Twitter For Gun Nuts? Maybe!

May 30, 2013

journamalism!News broke yesterday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, have received letters which appear to test positive for ricin. Today, we learn that there have been multiple high profile targets over the last week, including a letter addressed to President Obama, intercepted by the Secret Service.

Because they are a quality journalism(?) outlet, Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller is on the job, reporting the facts. Oddly, though, their report doesn’t mention the President of the United States as a target. The extent of their report:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not the only “high-profile” gun control proponent who has been sent ricin, according to a law enforcement source.

FBI agents believe that “multiple high-profile targets” who support gun-control legislation have been targeted over the last week in what they think is a possible ricin mailing campaign.

The source did not name specific people, though the source said these are “targets” who have publicly supported gun control.

Okay, maybe the Caller’s reporter Alex Pappas just didn’t have access to the source(s) that NBC News had when compiling his post. That’s fine. No biggie. There is actually nothing remarkable about his article. It appears to be factual, if a little light on details.

What is interesting, though, is how the Caller’s social media team chose to promote the piece:

screenshot of Daily Caller tweet

Which certainly got them some clicks, I am sure! Thing is, the tweet is simply stating what many in the “gun rights” world will naturally assume: that the ricin attacks are just another in a line of “false flag” attacks by the left on the left so as to gin up outrage and take yer guns!

If I were a cynical person, I might believe that they deliberately posted a completely false characterization of the story on Twitter just for the page views. (If I were cynical.) At any rate, the tweet has now been removed, and a correction posted:

Cynicism aside, how could a mistake like that possibly occur? Well, it wouldn’t were it not the gut instinct of the person penning the tweet. And that, ladies and gentlemen, pretty much sums up The Daily Caller.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 30, 2013 5:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Leaning Left and commented:

    Our favorite right wing media outlet continues to excel.

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