Radio host Rush Limbaugh promoted a false flag conspiracy concept about the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shootings that left 49 individuals whereas talking on The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday.
“There’s an ongoing theory that the shooter himself may in fact be a leftist who writes the manifesto and then goes out and performs the deed purposely to smear his political enemies, knowing he’s going to get shot in the process,” opined Limbaugh, with out offering any proof for his remarks or perhaps a source for these claims. “You know you just can’t — you can’t immediately discount this. The left is this insane, they are this crazy. And then if that’s exactly what the guy is trying to do then he’s hit a home run, because right there on Fox News: ‘Shooter is an admitted white nationalist who hates immigrants.'”
People maintain up indicators with the phrases ‘This won’t divide us’ as they attend a vigil on the East London Mosque for the victims of the New Zealand mosque assaults on March 15. Jack Taylor/Getty Images
President Donald Trump praised Limbaugh for having “one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world,” final month whereas talking within the Rose Garden of the White House.
Limbaugh is among the many distinguished right-wing voices who continuously promote conspiracy theories within the wake of mass shootings.
InfoWars host Alex Jones is probably probably the most well-known of those conspiracy theorists. Five lawsuits have been filed towards Jones for questioning whether or not the Sandy Hook Elementary School taking pictures in 2012 was faked.
More lately, right-wing conspiracy theorists claimed the Parkland taking pictures was a pretend operation. Lucian Wintrich, who was then working for The Gateway Pundit, claimed that scholar activist David Hogg was educated by the FBI, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Similar baseless claims that the Parkland taking pictures was staged and that college students concerned have been “crisis actors” unfold extensively.
When potential explosive gadgets have been despatched to distinguished Democratic figures and Trump critics, together with the Clintons and Barack Obama, in October, some right-wing media personalities claimed the reviews have been false flags.
Why Do People Believe In ‘False Flag’ Reports?
Jared Holt, a reporter who covers extremism for Right Wing Watch, advised Newsweek that false flag claims served “two intermingled objectives.”
“The first aim is that the narratives will absolve figures on the Right that accelerate bigotry against minority groups from bearing any personal responsibility for the tragedy. The second, and perhaps most strategic, is to attempt to redirect the natural human revulsion to mass murder off of people on the Right and to wield it as another bludgeon against their ideological enemies” he mentioned. “By writing off actual violence and penalties for bigotry as a ‘false flag,’ it may possibly present sufficient cognitive dissonance for individuals to proceed feeling justified of their bigoted beliefs.”
Can Disinformation Be Stopped?
As information of the mosque assaults broke, reporters overlaying disinformation and web radicalization famous that they had warned tech firms that the failure to control content material posted on-line was resulting in extremism.
Appearing on MSNBC, NBC News reporter Ben Collins mentioned that tech firms ought to take a broader function in regulating posts that result in on-line radicalization.
“This stuff isn’t monitored with the same sort of rigor, and its because it’s a political issue. It’s become a political issue for really no reason, but these people are committing terror attacks over and over again, using the same platforms, getting radicalized by the same algorithms,” he mentioned. “Tech companies can do this. They can stop this. But they’ve made this a political issue that it really isn’t.”