NOTE: This is not a parody. I’m playing this one straight.
@ChuckCJohnson ‘s pitiful excuse for a news blog once again has flunked Journalism 101 by identifying the wrong woman as the wife of Nadir Soofi, one of the two gunmen shot dead in Garland, TX, Sunday.
The woman identified by GotNewsDotCom’s ace reporter Shannon Knutsen is in fact the wife of a man living in Birmingham, England, Abu Hussain Al-Britani.
Despite having no valid proof that Soofi, 34, was even married, here’s what Johnson’s GotNews published:
Nowhere in Knutsen’s article is the second shooter named, but after these sections I’ve screencapped, she says,
Britani’s alleged wife can be seen tweeting about him here and about terrorism below.
It’s pretty clear the woman being quoted is Britani’s wife, because she says so.
My husband is back on twitter 🙂 @Abu_Hu55ain Can you follow him inshaAllah JazakAllah Khair
— UmmHussainBritāniyah (@Umm_Hu55ain) May 4, 2015
The time stamp on this tweet is from May 4, AFTER the two gunmen, Soofi and his roommate Elton Simpson, were already dead. Kind of hard to tweet from the afterlife, as there is no wifi there.
In fact, Britani was not one of the two shooters in Garland. He’s an ISIS supporter who lives in England. His Twitter account was suspended, but he later opened another account.
A British man fighting for the Islamic State terror group in Syria posted a string of tweets supporting the attack on the Curtis Cullwell Center.
In the minutes following the attack, Junaid Hussain, from Birmingham, who now goes by the alias Abu Hussain al-Britani, wrote a message under the hashtag #TexasAttack saying: “They Thought They Was Safe In Texas From The Soldiers of The Islamic State.”
Police and media reports — professional media, that is — say Simpson and Soofi were sharing an apartment in Phoenix.
Government sources said the shooters were roommates Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi of Phoenix. Court documents show Simpson had been under surveillance since 2006 and convicted in 2011 of lying to FBI agents over his desire to join violent jihad in Somalia.
FBI agents and police on Monday searched the two men’s home at the Autumn Ridge Apartments in north-central Phoenix, cordoning off the complex and evacuating residents for several hours in the early morning.
The Texas incident unfolded on Sunday when a car drove up behind an indoor arena in Garland, where 200 people were attending an event featuring caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Two men jumped out and fired at a police car standing guard. A police officer returned fire, killing both of them, while a security guard was wounded.
There is no evidence Soofi was even married, or Simpson for that matter.
Let’s review, so everyone is clear.
- The two shooters in Garland, TX, were Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, both of Phoenix, AZ.
- Neither man was apparently married.
- GotNewsDotCom correctly identifies Simpson as one of the shooters.
- It does not name the second shooter, but implies it was Abu Hussain al-Britani.
- GotNewsDotCom published tweets by a woman identifying herself as Britani’s wife, saying conclusively she was wife of the second shooter.
- She isn’t.
- And Britani is clearly not the second shooter.
- Britani lives in Birmingham, England. Presumably, so does his wife, but the GotNews story says she resides in the USA. No evidence is provided, however.
It bears repeating that Knutsen several weeks ago found a photo of a woman holding a protest sign and incorrectly identified her as the now-discredited rape victim “Jackie” in the University of Virginia scandal. Johnson published that photo and declared she was Jackie Coakley, but has not removed the article or published a correction. The woman in the photo said she planned to sue Johnson over the misidentification.
Yet, he calls himself a journalist. He’s a fraud.