Grenfell Tower: Rumours, Rhetoric, and Conspiracy Theories

Below, I note various examples of rumour-mongering and opportunistic rhetoric in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster in London. “Children sent home from school for not having uniforms” The Daily Mail published – and then deleted – the claim that children who had survived the inferno had the next day been “turned away from […]

Charlie Daniels: “Blood will Flow as High as a Horse’s Bridle”

From the website of country music star Charlie Daniels: I am a big fan of Bible prophecy and now is a fascinating time to be alive because some of the major Old Testament Prophecies have been fulfilled in my lifetime. …There is still much Bible prophecy left to be fulfilled, most of it dealing with […]

“Arthur Arkman” and Finsbury Park Mosque: An Example of Fake News

Yesterday, the UK awoke to the news that a man had used a van to attack worshippers at Finsbury Park Mosque. However, it was not until late in the afternoon that the suspect was formally identified as one Darren Osborne, a resident of Cardiff. Perhaps inevitably, the information lacuna for most of the day provided the […]

The Rebel Again Asks for Donations to a “Legal Defence Fund”

From The Rebel: Tonight, Rebel reporter Laura Loomer was arrested in New York after interrupting the Broadway production of Julius Caesar, a play by William Shakespeare that had been politically altered to feature the assassination of U.S. President Donald Trump. …The Rebel has hired a lawyer to work for Laura’s immediate release on free speech grounds — precisely the […]

A Note on Mustafa al-Mansur, Friday’s Grenfell Tower Demonstration Organiser

From the Daily Telegraph: The organiser of Friday’s Grenfell Tower demonstration, in which protesters stormed Kensington Town Hall, is a Jeremy Corbyn-supporting political activist who was once arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. Businessman Mustafa al-Mansur, 39, launched a Facebook campaign urging people affected by the tragedy to gather at council offices […]

False “News Blackout” Claim in Fawnbrook Sexual Assault Case

From WND: News blackout on refugee boys who sexually assaulted Idaho girl It’s as if it never happened. A judge sentenced three Muslim refugee boys in the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in Idaho, but nobody knows the length or terms of the sentence because the judge has barred everyone in the courtroom, including the […]

Conspiracy Theorist Goes After Theresa May’s Late Father

A website called The Swamp (“a community exploring the murky waters of politics”, according to its publisher, Jerrick Media) has published a particularly nasty conspiracy article focusing on Theresa May’s father. There’s an argument for ignoring this kind of material – the article is thin even by the standards of conspiricists, and so far no-one of standing […]

New “End-Times” Book Identifies “Mystery Babylon” as Mecca

WND has news of yet another “end-times” book: It’s already the center of a great empire – but it’s only going to grow in the years to come. In fact, says New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson, it’s shaping to be the “mega-city” of the Antichrist himself. The city is Mecca, the object of […]

Police Drop Stalking Complaints Made by “VIP Sex Abuse” Complainant and Journalist

From the Daily Post, September 2016: A blogger has been arrested on suspicion of stalking after police raided a property on Anglesey. Darren Laverty was arrested when officers from North Wales Police swooped on the house at Llanfairpwll at roughly 7am. Local reports say the front door was rammed off its hinges when the early morning […]

Another Jimmy Savile “Vote Conservative” Hoax Image Goes Viral

There may be a number of reasons not to vote Conservative in the next UK election, but “Jimmy Savile supported the Conservative Party” is not one of them – especially when fake images are brought into the argument. Two examples that are being widely disseminated on social media are shown below. The first is Savile […]