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    A PREGNANT woman who repeatedly harassed a complete stranger has been spared jail.  Shelby Gratty, 21, ordered takeaways to her home, made hoax fire service phone calls to her address and bombarded her with facebook messages. 2Shelby Gratty in 2020Credit: Cavendish Minshull Street Crown Court heard how on October 9 Gratty rang emergency services and reported a non-existent blaze at...
    Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett will have to stand trial over his 2019 alleged hate crime hoax after a Cook County judge denied his dismissal request. Judge James Linn says the jury selection in Smollett’s trial will begin on November 29 after denying the actor’s lawyer’s Hail Mary pass at getting the case dismissed on Friday, according to a report by Page Six. The...
    ROME—A 25-year-old British tourist who was found chained barefoot to a radiator in a dark room in central Italy this week claiming he had been kidnapped risked his life over a lost bet five years ago. Patrick Sam Kourosh Demilecamps angered Italian police in 2016 on the island of Sicily when he plunged some 180 feet into the sea, nearly...
    A call of shots fired at a Fairfield County school that sent multiple officers rushing to the scene ended up being a hoax. The incident took place around 3 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Roton School in Norwalk. According to Norwalk Police Sgt. Sofia Gulino, after receiving the call of shots fire, multiple police officers responded to the scene. ...
    A MAN made a bomb threat to a cathedral — to drum up trade at a kebab shop. Anthony Moroncini, 52, thought a flood of people from the evacuated congregation may improve his chances of further work at the takeaway. 3Anthony Moroncini made a bomb threat to a cathedral — to drum up trade at a kebab shopCredit: SWNS 3Moroncini...
                       
    Rep. Steve Scalise is among those still pushing fraudulent election theories as the 'Big Lie' becomes dominant Republican strategy Donald Trump's election lies led to a violent insurrection. There were deaths. For the briefest of moments, it looked as if at least a handful of Republican leaders who had to flee the mob of far-right militants that day would distance...
    Hoax network OAN may be among the most identifiable promoters of "new" Republicanism, a movement that now fully embraces hoaxes and disinformation to gain public support that its policies and record cannot muster, but the centrality of hoax promotion to the party can be seen everywhere else, as well. Even more consequential than the pro-fascist scripts of OAN are the...
    A deadly liar. Hoax network OAN may be among the most identifiable promoters of "new" Republicanism, a movement that now fully embraces hoaxes and disinformation to gain public support that its policies and record cannot muster, but the centrality of hoax promotion to the party can be seen everywhere else, as well. Even more consequential than the pro-fascist scripts of...
    As America grapples with the very real threat of fascism, the fledgling "One America News" network has staked out a position as one of the nation's dominant promoters of pro-Trump, anti-democratic hoaxes and fake news. A new Reuters investigation pins much of the blame for its rise on a single American company: AT&T. According to the network's archconservative founder, the...
    A Texas man was sentenced to prison after he falsely claimed on social media that he paid someone with the coronavirus to lick items at a grocery store. The Justice Department released a statement Wednesday saying Christopher Charles Perez, from San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for two counts of false information and hoaxes related to biological...
    FBI San Antonio Division Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs added, "Those who would threaten to use COVID-19 as a weapon against others will be held accountable for their actions, even if the threat was a hoax." "Perez's actions were knowingly designed to spread fear and panic and today's sentencing illustrates the seriousness of this crime," Combs said. Though Perez's...
    SAN ANTONIO (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) — A Texas man will spend more than a year in federal prison for spreading a hoax related to COVID-19 on social media. Court records show Christopher Charles Perez posted two threatening messages on Facebook in April 2020, falsely claiming he paid someone infected with COVID-19 to “lick items at grocery stores in the San Antonio area...
    (CNN)A Texas man was sentenced to more than a year in federal prison for spreading a hoax related to Covid-19 on social media, prosecutors said.Evidence showed Christopher Charles Perez, 40, posted two threatening messages on Facebook in April 2020, falsely claiming he paid someone infected with Covid-19 to "lick items at grocery stores in the San Antonio area to scare...
                        An African-American woman in Georgia has been charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats after she allegedly bombarded a black community with racially charged notes. Over a period of several months, a 30-year-old woman named Terresha Lucas left intimidating notes in mailboxes on Manning Drive in Douglasville,...
    If Zuckerberg and the rest of Facebook's management aren't willing to spend as much time fighting pandemic hoaxes as outside watchdogs regularly spend pointing them out, that is an intentional choice being made. Earlier in the year, Media Matters reported on the presence of dozens of Facebook groups promoting the newest hoax cure in the COVID-19 pandemic: ivermectin. Primarily used...
    An alarmed resident alerted local media to the story, and the letters stopped again until the final letter was delivered on Sept. 6. Detectives Andre Futch and Shumaker determined that the letters had "similar handwriting, tone and verbiage with some distinctive letters that were consistent throughout." On Sept. 6, law enforcement found evidence linking the terroristic letters to the...
    Alex Jones ignored court orders to turn over documents in the lawsuits he faces over his conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, and this week the judge pulled the plug on his obstruction tactics, issuing default judgments in two key suits. Conspiracy meister Alex Jones has been trying to stave off Judgment Day for a very long time....
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Texas judge has found Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones liable for damages in three defamation lawsuits brought by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre over his claims that the shooting was a hoax. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin, home of Infowars, entered default judgments against...
    For months, far-right conspiracy theorists and supporters of former President Donald Trump hoped that Cyber Ninjas' audit of the 2020 election results in Maricopa County, Arizona would show that he really won the state — only to be disappointed when the audit showed what election officials already knew: President Joe Biden won Arizona. The Cyber Ninjas didn't find what...
    Even though the vandalism was a hate hoax, the walkout was celebrated. "Students proactively led walkouts at multiple Parkway high schools and in these moments, many students shared personal experiences of racism throughout their lives and at school," Marty wrote. "I want to tell the thousands of students who participated on behalf of themselves and their fellow classmates: I...
    A Texas judge has found Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones liable for damages in three defamation lawsuits brought by the parents of two children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre over his claims that the shooting was a hoax. Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin, home of Infowars, entered default judgments against Jones, Infowars and other...
    CLAIM: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed that former President Donald Trump suggested “people inject bleach” to fight the coronavirus. Psaki made the claim after a New York Times reporter asked her to respond to criticism that President Joe Biden was following many polices that Trump started. VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. President Donald Trump questioned an expert during a press...
    A Missouri school district announced Tuesday that racist graffiti found in a high school bathroom was part of a "hate hoax" carried out by a non-white student. The racist graffiti sparked a walkout by the students at Parkway Central High School in St. Louis County,  Missouri in September but the school district now says that the messages, which included a...
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    NewsGuard, the establishment “news rating” project that claims to fight untrustworthy media outlets, continues to give its seal of approval to establishment media outlets, including the New York Times, that spread the hoax story that mounted border patrol agents used whips against Haitian migrants. Both the New York Times and Axios have corrected the bogus “whipping” claim, but it continues to be repeated by...
    The photographer who witnessed the incident where horseback-mounted Border Patrol agents attempted to control Haitian migrants crossing the Rio Grande last week said he never saw agents whipping anyone. His photographs led to unfounded claims from many officials including President Joe Biden that agents were whipping or “strapping” the migrants with whips. In an exclusive interview with KTSM NBC9 in...
    U.S. Attorney John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut.Bob Child/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Following special counsel John Durham’s indictment last week of Democratic lawyer Michael Sussmann for allegedly lying to an FBI official, a host of...
    MSNBC legal analyst Barbara McQuade spun the second indictment from Special Counsel John Durham as the lackluster finale of his probe looking into the origins of the Russia investigation, claiming Monday that his work ended "with a whimper." Democratic attorney Michael Sussmann was charged with lying to the FBI regarding not disclosing his ties to the Hillary Clinton campaign after...
    Dan Bongino questioned what Hillary Clinton know about the Russia "collusion hoax," and whether the conspiracy was "larger than we thought" following the first indictment Special Counsel John Durham's probe looking into the origins of the Russia investigation Saturday on "Unfiltered with Dan Bongino."  DAN BONGINO: Did you see the indictment that came out on Friday? Finally. It’s been a...
    A Spanish judge has opened an investigation into a young man accused of faking a homophobic hate crime that fooled many establishment politicians. The 20-year-old claimed to have been subjected to a brutal homophobic assault in broad daylight in the Madrid neighbourhood of Malasaña, claiming that eight hooded men had assaulted him and carved homophobic slurs into his buttocks. However, later...
    Radio host and candidate Larry Elder comes out strong with new evidence that his party would rather topple democracy than tolerate election losses. Proving yet again that Republicans are now looking to delegitimize elections themselves rather than tolerate an America that might vote against them, Republican candidate and-of-course weird conservative radio personality Larry Elder announced a new site yesterday disputing...
    This unhinged hoax-promoting clown show is now the majority position among Republican voters. Make of that what you will. In the news today: A California neo-Nazi who declared himself "on patrol" was arrested by the Capitol Police today near the Democratic National Committee headquarters after being found in possession of a machete and a bayonet. A majority of Republican voters...
    The hoax-promoting Sen. Josh Hawley will go down in history as a traitor to his country. He won't be alone. A new CNN poll shows the nation remains politically divided, and by "politically divided" that primarily means Republicans continue to lurch farther and farther into hoax-promoting, anti-democratic extremism. Two specific poll questions are worth calling out. The first is that...
    A new CNN poll shows the nation remains politically divided, and by "politically divided" that primarily means Republicans continue to lurch farther and farther into hoax-promoting, anti-democratic extremism. Two specific poll questions are worth calling out. The first is that about six in ten self-identified Republicans claim to believe that "supporting Donald Trump" is either a "very" or "somewhat" important...
    Michael Loccisano/Getty Coby Cotton, Cody Jones, Tyler Toney, Garrett Hilbert and Cory Cotton of Dude Perfect attend the 2021 ESPY Awards at Rooftop At Pier 17 on July 10, 2021 in New York City. Garrett Hilbert of Dude Perfect confirmed on Instagram he is alive and “all good” after a death hoax about the social media star went...
    Can't imagine why Idaho hospitals are now warning that they'll be rationing care for COVID-19 patients due to overwhelming demand. In the news today: In scenes reminiscent of the pandemic's first, once-worst months, overflowing Idaho hospitals are now triggering the rationing of emergency care. The extent of U.S. tax-dodging by the rich continues to be astonishing—and that tax dodging is...
    NewsGuard, the establishment “news rating” project that claims to fight untrustworthy media outlets, continues to give its seal of approval to Rolling Stone, a partisan leftist magazine that has repeatedly fallen for high profile hoaxes. The co-CEO of NewsGuard, Steven Brill, told Breitbart News that the organization is reviewing its categorization of Rolling Stone in light of the magazine’s latest failure, its republication of...
    Over the Labor Day weekend, the hoax that was Time’s Up pretty much disbanded in disgrace. It wasn’t just almost the entire board (Shonda Rimes, Katie McGrath, Nina Shaw, Eva Longoria, Hilary Rosen) that resigned in disgrace; the Time’s Up Global Leadership Board was also disbanded. Like the creeps over at Project Lincoln, Time’s Up will probably try to save face...
    Rolling Stone magazine ignited a firestorm of criticism this weekend after pushing a false report claiming ivermectin overdose patients were overwhelming Oklahoma hospitals. In the original article, Rolling Stone cited testimonies from Dr. Jason McElyea, who told KFOR that overdoses of ivermectin – a popular and yet-t0-be proven alternative treatment for the coronavirus – were causing an overflow in rural Oklahoma hospitals. “The...
    A Michigan man accused of creating a bomb hoax at the Trump International Hotel near the Las Vegas Strip told authorities he wanted to send a message that former Republican President Trump ruined his life, according to an arrest report. Dandre Maurice Lundy remained Wednesday at the Clark County jail following his arrest Tuesday at a budget motel not far...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Michigan man accused of creating a bomb hoax at the Trump International Hotel near the Las Vegas Strip told authorities he wanted to send a message that former Republican President Donald Trump ruined his life, according to an arrest report. Dandre Maurice Lundy remained Wednesday at the Clark County jail following his arrest Tuesday at...
    A QANON anti-vaxxer and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent who insisted Covid was a "hoax" died from the virus after his "lungs stopped working." The death of Robert David Steele, a conspiracy theorist who claimed to be the first person to say Covid is a hoax, was announced on Sunday. 4Robert David Steele's death was announced on SundayCredit: Robert...
    A Texas man pleaded guilty on Monday to wire fraud in a social media scheme to fool people into making foreign exchange investments that made him over half a million dollars, according to the Justice Department. Kelvin Ramirez, a 25-year-old from Houston, used Instagram accounts to pose as a foreign exchange investor who offered incredible deals in investment, court...
    A MAN who scooped £680,000 in an Australian lottery nearly missed out on the prize after thinking the win was a hoax. The lucky winner, from Darwin, almost didn't collect the money after being left in total disbelief when he saw all six of his numbers on the lottery app. 1The winner nearly missed out on a massive £680K prizeCredit:...
    Related news This is not the first time The Civil Guard denies this hoax on their social networks and we fear that it will not be the last. It is a kind of urban legend that has spread, mainly because of the film industry, until it has taken root in the collective imagination. Therefore, from time to time,...
    Viral tweets that turn out to be false are the daily bread in the blue bird social network, but it seems that everything will change with the new button they are preparing to report this content. The content on Twitter is of all kinds, from funny comments to messages that try to mislead users. It is not uncommon to enter...
    Taliban leaders have repeatedly used public statements celebrating their takeover of Afghanistan this week to sell themselves as a reformed organization, promising “inclusive” leadership, respect for women, and peace with its neighbors. The Taliban’s top two spokesmen, Zabihullah Mujahid and Suhail Shaheen, have both consistently used the word “inclusive” to describe the government the group debuted before the world on...
    QANON followers claim that the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan is a hoax being used to distract the US public from election fraud claims.  Other conspiracy theorists believe that while the resurgence of the Taliban in the country is real, that it was orchestrated by President Joe Biden, again in an effort to distract from an election audit in Arizona.  2QAnon...
    Tennessee's fired top vaccination official is insisting that she did not send herself a dog muzzle as a hoaxed threat, after state investigators found that her own credit card was used to order the item. 'Hold tight. No I did not send it to myself,' Dr. Michelle Fiscus insisted in a tweet on Monday, rejecting the findings of a Tennessee Department of...