Good Grief… NY Times Publishes Bogus Story By 16 Yr-Old That #Charleston Shooter Was a ‘My Little Pony’ Fan
Sorry, New York Times, racist killer Dylann Storm Roof was not a Brony.
If you read this New York Times article about Dylann Roof on Saturday afternoon, you may have learned the following about the suspected Charleston shooter’s online manifesto:
Benjamin Wareing, a blogger in Britain, said the writings are nearly identical to blog posts that Mr. Roof posted several months ago on a separate Tumblr page. Mr. Wareing was preparing to write an essay on the dangers of Tumblr and troubled youths, so he took notes on the writings.
“He just made really stupid but obvious statements about people from other races,” Mr. Wareing said in an email. “He would call black citizens ‘nuggets’ and such. He never made direct threats at all on Tumblr, at least it didn’t seem like that, just weird ramblings about how he felt he ‘didn’t fit in.’”
Among his writings were images of 9/11 “memes” and of “My Little Pony,” Mr. Wareing said.
That’s right: the shooter of nine people was a “brony”—a male devotee of the children’s TV show.
The only problem? It was all a complete fabrication by Wareing, a British 16-year-old with a Hotmail email address who never met or communicated with Roof, he told Fusion today. He never found a Tumblr account belonging to Roof, and the My Little Pony detail was created out of thin air, he said.
Because all racists are My Little Pony fans…
The ‘Paper of Record’ later posted a correction to their story.
For the record, this was not the first time The New York Times has messed up their My Little Pony stories.
In 2011 the Times posted this correction.
An article on Monday about Jack Robison and Kirsten Lindsmith, two college students with Asperger syndrome who are navigating the perils of an intimate relationship, misidentified the character from the animated children’s TV show “My Little Pony” that Ms. Lindsmith said she visualized to cheer herself up. It is Twilight Sparkle, the nerdy intellectual, not Fluttershy, the kind animal lover.