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Daily Beast provides anti-Muslim ammunition for former EDL leader

Daily Beast provides anti-Muslim ammunition for former EDL leader

We have already noted the Times‘ misleading report of the assault on US student Francesco Hounye, which tried to link the attack to earlier incidents involving the so-called Muslim patrol, in the absence of any evidence whatsoever to indicate such a connection.

Taking its cue from the Times, and ratcheting up the Islamophobic content a few more notches, the Daily Beast also covered the story, under the headline “American student slashed in London, police eye ‘Muslims patrols’”.

The author of this piece, the Daily Beast‘s London editor Nico Hines, produces no statement by the police that they suspect the attackers may be connected to the “Muslims patrols”, because of course the police have made no such statement.

Hines reports that Detective Constable Ben Mott “called upon the Muslim community to identify the men who left a tourist scarred for life”. But DC Mott made no reference to Muslims.

What he said was: “The CCTV footage is exceptionally clear and I believe the suspects to be local. I would ask people to please look closely at the faces of the attackers and help us identify them. I am positive someone would know who they are from looking at the footage.”

Police described the suspects as Asian and “possibly Bengali”.

Now, who do you suppose seized on Hines’ inaccurate and inflammatory report to spread another poisonous story about Muslims. No prizes for guessing that it was Stephen Lennon, former leader of the English Defence League.

Stephen Lennon Daily Beast Muslim patrols tweet

Unless the Daily Beast wants to destroy any credibility it may have for reliable journalism, it would be advised to remove the article and sack its London editor.

Update: New Atheist Sam Harris also picked up the false story, rather gleefully. (h/t: Al)

Update II:

Richard Dawkins continues his war on the Muslim community by spreading the false story.

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  • Al

    And Dawkins is now at it.

  • Bob

    Fox News ran a report on this on The Kelly File, with Megyn Kelly and Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project combining to claim that Francesco Hounye was attacked by a gang enforcing sharia law because he was drinking beer. Over at Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer posted a video of the Kelly File report under the title “Violent enforcement of Sharia on UK streets”.

    http://www.islamophobiawatch.co.uk/fox-news-whips-up-anti-sharia-hysteria-over-assault-on-us-student/

  • Talking_fish_head

    OMG, hope that idiot gets what he deserves

    Whats funny is that some of the comments in the link you posted are blaming the teacher for this.

  • Rizwan

    Reader Tip:

    Eighth-grade student arrested for setting teacher’s hijab on fire

    An eighth-grade student at Westdale Middle School in Baton Rouge, La. has been expelled for allegedly setting a substitute teacher’s hijab on fire using a cigarette lighter.

    The incident occurred on the morning of Oct. 4, reports New Orleans Fox affiliate WVUE.

    The local school drug task force (apparently an arm of the sheriff’s office) was summoned to the Westdale at 9:50 a.m. to investigate, notes ABC affiliate WBRZ.
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/27/eighth-grade-student-arrested-for-setting-teachers-hijab-on-fire/

  • Alejandro Rodríguez

    Bengalis can be Hindu too, you know? And what makes people think that this Bengali can’t be an atheist or an agnostic or something similar? Why only Muslim? A large number of people that immigrate to Europe become secularized and leave their religion after all.

  • Jekyll

    Sheeple you mean ?

  • I wonder how long it will be before New Atheists elect Sam Harris or Richard Dawkins as Grand Wizard, don sheets, and burn scarlet letter A’s on people’s lawns? If they re-brand their movement in just the right way, they might even get old school white southerners to join the group. Nothing creates group cohesion quite like the shared hatred of a marginalized group of people… which would be ironic given that I’m talking about a subgroup of atheists.

    What a friggin’ train wreck.

  • Al

    It’s on his twitter feed for 24 October

    https://twitter.com/SamHarrisOrg/status/393520088264880128

  • Talking_fish_head

    Or more accurately
    “Who needs reality when you can make money off the sheep who are gulabile enough to believe anything you tell them”

  • moraka

    I would rather say that their motto is: Who need reality when you have lies.

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Can you send us a screenshot of that we’ll add it to the article.
    info@loonwatch.com

  • Al

    “Now, who do you suppose seized on Hines’ inaccurate and inflammatory report to spread another poisonous story about Muslim?”

    Sam Harris did too.

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  • mindy1

    Never let the facts interfere with a good story is the motto of islamopphobes

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