Let’s Just Lie — ‘Occupy Shooter’

The latest corporate/conservative media smear on the Occupy movement (but just the latest of a long list) is that the deranged person who shot at the White House is somehow “tied to” Occupy.

First, a few facts. Last Friday Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez fired several shots at the White House. According to reports, Ortega-Hernandez believed that Obama was “the devil” and “the anti-Christ” and that he “will not stop until it’s done.” More recently a video has shown up in the news in which he says, “It’s not just a coincidence that I look like Jesus. I am the modern-day Jesus Christ that you all have been waiting for.”

It was reported on Wednesday that investigators had determined that Ortega-Hernandez had “no connection” with the Occupy movement.

In trying to determine why he recently traveled to the nation’s capital from the western part of the country, investigators searched the Occupy D.C. campground near the White House but have found no connection between him and the Occupy protesters, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the case.

One of the officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing, said the motive for the gunfire might have been simple anger: Ortega-Hernandez “hates the president, he hates Washington, he hates society,” the official said.

But one thing we know about the corporate/conservative media disinformation machine is they just lie.

Politico: An Occupy shooter?

Wall Street Journal: Networks Ignore Reports That White House Shooter May Have Spent Time at Occupy D.C.

FOX News: Man Linked to ‘Occupy’ Protest Charged With Attempted Assassination of Obama

FOX News: ‘Occupy’ Protestors Honor White House Shooter with Moment of Silence

Rush Limbaugh: Guy Who Shot at White House Lived in Occupy DC Camp

NRA Radio: NRA Radio Smears Occupy Movement With White House Shooting (Media Matters)

International Business Times: White House Shooting Suspect Linked to Occupy Rally?

Glenn Beck claimed the hooter was involved with the Occupy movement.

Human Events: Occupy DC Protester Shoots At White House With Assault Rifle

Brietbart: Could a Possible #OccupyWallStreet Connection Explain Lack of MSM’s White House Shooting Coverage?

Breitbart: >Predictable: New York Times Buries White House Shooter’s #Occupy Connection

RW Blogs:

White House Shooter & Occupy DC Protester Oscar Ortega-Hernandez Arrested in PA

Is Oscar Ortega, White House Shooting Suspect, Connected to Occupy DC?

Park Police: Suspect arrested in WH shooting might have spent time at Occupy DC protests

White House Shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez OccupyDC participant?

And dozens of others. That’s how they do it: make shit up, spread it around. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

See also: Think Progress, Media Matters.

About Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. Dave is a frequent public speaker and talk-radio guest and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community. He does a regular weekly segment on the popular Fairness Doctrine radio show. A featured contributor at Huffington Post, his work also appears at many other sites including TruthOut, AlterNet, Smirking Chimp and Common Dreams. Currently Dave is a Senior Fellow with Renew California working on progressive messaging, a Fellow at Campaign for America's Future, where he writes about issues involving American manufacturing, trade, what might be called industrial policy. In another life Dave helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., a company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Before this, Dave had over over 20 years of technology industry experience and has previously held senior industry positions including CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic, and he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers.
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