Friday, 23 December 2016

US Breitbart "news" misreports on ACL van explosion

ACL building not "rammed"
Trump's favourite US fake news outlet Breitbart has reported on the exploding van incident that happened outside the Australian Christian Lobby. Predictably it's sensationalist and incorrect. Completely one sided.

The headline screams "Van Explodes After Ramming Australian Christian Lobby Office in Canberra". Um, as we know now it didn't "ram" the ACL building at all. It stopped clear of the building, albeit the explosion damaged windows and the like. See photos. Yet across the world it's being reported  that the van hit the building and then exploded. Fake news. Instead they call it a "car bomb attack".

The article also fails to point out the police investigating the incident have made it very clear that it wasn't politically, religiously, or ideologically motivated. They simply report on what Shelton has said, quoting the Daily Terrorgraph here:
The Australian Daily Telegraph reported that the van was “carrying gas bottles,” and produced an explosion upon impact, powerful enough to blow out some of the windows from the building. 

“Police contacted me and told me that someone has driven a white van into the carpark of our office and it has been loaded with gas cylinders and then it has been detonated,” Shelton told the Telegraph. 
He added that none of his staffers were in the building at the time of the explosion. 

“We have had the normal trolls on social media and even had death threats sent to our Canberra office over the year but I am very concerned someone would do this,” he said. “It is a relief the building was unoccupied at the time and we are all very thankful our staff are all safe.” 

“Obviously this is very unsettling to us but also to anyone in Australia, for this to happen in Canberra, our nation’s capital is very disappointing. It is something I thought would never happen here, I can’t believe it.” Breitbart
Note again there was no impact of the van on the building. Before finally giving a glowing reference to the ACL, quoting them so:
The Australian Christian Lobby describes itself as seeking “a compassionate, just and moral society through having the public contributions of the Christian faith reflected in the political life of the nation.” Breitbart
Nope, butter wouldn't melt in Shelton's mouth according to Breitbart. 

However the LGBT here in Australia well know what a bigoted and homophobic asshole he can be. I think the ACL thinks more about gay sex than we do :s

Breitbart is the media outlet Trump has given glowing praise of.