Exhibit 0007

Trump’s Empty Rhetoric on Las Vegas Shooting Rivets Nation

Liberty Writers Facebook Post

THE SOURCE

Don’t waste your time here.

THE IMAGE

President Trump, reassuring Americans shocked and appalled by yet another senseless mass shooting that he intends to do absolutely nothing to prevent it from happening again.

THE REVEAL

Trump’s purported disclosure of “exactly who was behind the Las Vegas shooting” revealed that it was … evil. That’s right, in his nationally televised address, Trump characterized the shooting as “an act of pure evil,” and Liberty Writers identifies this as the culprit. Evil — an inanimate, incorporeal concept of immorality — is “who” was behind the shooting (normally, in the English-speaking world, we call that “what”). Imagine the disappointment of gullible Great Againers who thought it was Barack Obama.

THE STUPID

Trump’s five minute speech wasn’t an “announcement” of anything — it provided no new insight or information. It was a meaningless string of trite platitudes read from a teleprompter.

Liberty Writers’ post teases, “This is bad,” trying to suggest the shooter had help from some sinister accomplice (read: Muslims). But it turns out that it was just plain old evil. So there’s your news flash — evil is bad.

Liberty Writers’ post also urges its 1.8 million Facebook followers (seriously) to “help Trump get his message past the mainstream media,” even though Trump’s speech was carried live by every major news network and clips of it continued to be rebroadcast for the next 24 hours. Regardless, it’s unclear why anyone would want to suppress Trump’s declaration that the shooting was evil — not exactly a controversial sentiment. But evidently 800,000 shares are enough to thwart the anti-Trump media conspiracy.

The linked article warns, “Do not let the liberals make this about gun control. They are sick psychos that just want to use killing for political gain.” But using killing for economic gain, as Liberty Writers does with this shameless clickbait, is perfectly fine.

Ironically, Liberty Writers is (or claims to be) based in Las Vegas. But tellingly, the video it embeds in its article to show Trump’s rote remarks is from Russia Today.

THE SCORE

Pandering 8/10 • Idiocy 8/10
Banality 6/10 • Vileness 4/10

Exhibit 0006

ISIS Would Never Lie About Motive of American Mass Murderer

InfoWars Facebook Post

THE SOURCE

Don’t waste your time here.

THE IMAGE

Young concertgoers running for their lives because one-third of America thinks the Founding Fathers wanted unhinged assholes to have assault rifles.

THE REVEAL

ISIS’s claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting was immediately and explicitly rejected by the FBI, well before InfoWars published its deliberately unsubstantiated and inflammatory post.

THE STUPID

The U.S. government does not theorize that the shooting had anything whatsoever to do with Islamic terrorism, and there is no evidence that the shooter, Stephen Paddock, was a Muslim. Investigating authorities assert that, at present, they have absolutely no idea what Paddock believed in, other than, presumably, his right to bear arms.

Paddock was a white, wealthy, 64-year-old accountant from Mesquite, Nevada — not exactly the typical demographic of an ISIS recruit.

As ISIS steadily loses territory and influence and its leaders find themselves under increasing pressure to show their continued power, the terror organization is increasingly taking credit for incidents that it had no involvement with, such as the deadly attack last June on a casino in Manila, which turned out to be a botched robbery (despite President Trump impulsively assuming otherwise). In the Manila attack, as with the Las Vegas shooting, ISIS alleged that the gunman had converted to Islam a few months earlier.

The linked “article,” which still appears on InfoWars’ raving website and likely will never be removed, does not provide any context or analysis for ISIS’s self-serving and almost certainly bogus claim, but simply presents it at face value, with the warning, “Do everything to protect yourself and your loved ones.” Everything, that is, except support mind-blowingly sensible legislation to keep military-grade mass-casualty weapons out of the trembling hands of America’s homegrown Second Amendment jihadists.

THE SCORE

Pandering 10/10 • Idiocy 6/10
Banality 2/10 • Vileness 7/10