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How To Exploit a High School Massacre

February 19, 2018

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How To Exploit a High School Massacre

On Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old former student of a Miami-area high school walked onto his former campus with an AR-15 style rifle and murdered 17 people, making it the third-largest school shooting in American history.

Why did he do it? Well, it depends on whom you ask and exactly what they may stand to gain from exploiting the massacre.

The day after the shooting, rumors briefly bubbled up online that the assailant, Nikolas de Jesus Cruz, was a member of Antifa. But this was quickly revealed to be a prank by a Twitter page calling itself Laguna Beach Antifa, a parody account that was subsequently suspended for the stunt.

Even if Cruz had been a member of Antifa, it’s doubtful this would have been widely hyped, seeing as how that uber-violent mélange of masked anarchist and communist misfits has largely received glowing and uncritical coverage in a mainstream press that seems largely obsessed with hunting “Nazis” while giving violent leftists a free pass.

Instead, the narrative that ruled the news cycle the day after the shooting was that Cruz was a member of a white-nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida, an obscure group run by a man with a fondness for military garb and adipose women.

“If blood is spilled, blame the Nazis. And if the Nazis don’t exist, then it is necessary to invent them.”

The ADL spat forth the following tweet:

BREAKING: Spokesperson for white supremacist group Republic of Florida admitted to ADL that Nikolas Cruz, alleged perpetrator of deadly Parkland school shooting, was a member & trained with his group, which seeks to create a “white ethnostate.”

The Associated Press followed suit—or, depending on how strong you feel the ADL’s grip is over the media, they followed orders:

BREAKING: Leader of white nationalist group has confirmed suspect in Florida school shooting was member of his organization.

Based on my journalism training, if I’d called Republic of Florida leader Jordan Jereb and he told me that Cruz was a member of his group, here’s how I would have crafted my tweet:

BREAKING: Leader of white nationalist group says suspect in Florida school shooting was member of his organization.

See the difference? The ADL said that Jereb “admitted” Cruz was a member of the group as if he was merely confessing to a verified fact. The AP went even further, alleging that Jereb “confirmed” Cruz’s membership, which one would think might require some sort of hard documentation. The only undisputable fact was that Jereb said Cruz was a member.

Regardless, major media outlets such as CBS, Daily Beast, The New York Post, Fox News, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times picked up the story and blasted to the world that Nikolas Cruz was a confirmed—rather than an alleged—member of a gun-toting white nationalist organization.

But later that day, Jordan Jereb posted on Gab that the “lying jew media” caught him off-guard while he was sleep-deprived and that he confused Nikolas Cruz with other group members named Nicholas:

This was a legit misunderstanding because we have MULTIPLE people named Nicholas in ROF. And I got a bunch of conflicting information and I have not slept for like 2 days. And so when ((( They ))) call me up and ask me yes or no questions, it’s easy for them to misrepresent what they say. Are you really going to blame ME for the lying jew media? We know they are liars. Fuck em.

Then it emerged that a commenter on the Alt-Right website The Right Stuff claimed it was all a prank that got out of hand. Apparently Jereb and his Florida militia are a running joke among certain Alt-Righters:

Jordan Jereb is a meme in the chat. We fuck with him on his live call in shows and he even hangs around in our group chat

shooting happens and autist from group goes on the shooter’s Instagram

ABC news reporter contacts the autist and he tells her that he knew the shooter. He gives her some other people’s numbers and they prank call her telling her that Cruz was a chubby chaser, always saying “read siege faggot”, and other spicy memes.

ABC blows up Jordan’s hotline and he knew it was our group so he played along. He said he wasn’t a member but only an affiliate and that he has some pictures.

we laugh our asses off and go to bed. We wake up and its international news

So let’s review:

• Camouflage-clad leader of entirely unknown Florida militia group becomes a running joke inside certain Alt-Right circles for his general weirdness.

• As a joke, one chat group decides to blame Jordan Jereb and his group for the shooting. A prankster claims on shooter’s Instagram that shooter is affiliated with this group.

• ABC reporter calls the group’s leader, who says that shooter is a member.

• Desperate to blame all atrocities on white nationalists, the mainstream media and ADL run with this narrative like a dog with a bone.

• Militia group later denies that shooter was a member.

• Police announce they can find no ties between the shooter and the white nationalist militia group.

• Having already impressed in the public’s soft and malleable consciousness that the shooter was a white supremacist, media outlets offer either no retractions or limp retractions in very small type at the bottom of articles. Mission accomplished.

Most accounts didn’t mention the fact that in the past seven years, police had been called to Cruz’s home 39 times for his erratic behavior. They didn’t play up the fact that Cruz had been banned from the high school where he committed the massacre after fighting with and repeatedly threatening his ex’s new boyfriend. They made not a peep about the fact that Cruz had been diagnosed with depression, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder after a social-media post in which he inflicted wounds on both of his arms. They didn’t mention that a former sister-in-law suggested that Cruz was on psych meds, which is a factor far too prevalent in mass shootings. They didn’t say anything about the fact that the FBI had been warned about Cruz’s erratic behavior and his publicly stated aspirations to become a “professional school shooter” but dropped the ball and didn’t notify their Florida office about the warning. The ADL certainly didn’t offer any updates about the fact that Cruz claims his mother was Jewish, which would make him one of those White Supremacist Hispanic Jewish Nazis they keep soliciting funds to combat.

No, in this case the issue wasn’t mental illness or psych meds or broken families or FBI bungling or Jewish mothering or romantic jealousy. It wasn’t even gun control, which is a pet cause of the mainstream media unless you remind them that it was also a pet cause of the Nazis.

The issue wasn’t even that 17 people were dead.

Quite clearly, the issue is that this was a ripe opportunity to exploit a national tragedy and tie it to the idea of a “white ethnostate,” a concept which troubles the major media greatly—unlike, say, the Zionist ethnostate.

The issue is that if blood is spilled, blame the Nazis. And if the Nazis don’t exist, then it is necessary to invent them.

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