Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.
âºâºâºÂ TIMOTHY JOHNSONÂ &Â CRISTINA LÃ³PEZ G.
Following reports that law enforcement intercepted explosive devices sent to the residences of the Obamas and the Clintons, far-right media immediately claimed the incidents were a left-wing hoax.
The situation is still unfolding. Law enforcementÂ has linkedÂ the explosive devices sent to Clinton and Soros to a bomb discovered in financier and philanthropist George Sorosâ mailbox earlier this week. A suspicious package was also sent toÂ the New York City offices of CNN. There was also a report that a suspicious package had been sent to the White House, butÂ ReutersÂ andÂ the Secret ServiceÂ later said the initial report was incorrect. And there areÂ additional reportsÂ of explosive devices being sent to politicians, though they have not all been corroborated. In light of this complicated set of circumstances, far-right media seem to agree on one thing: The explosive devices sent to Obama and Clinton are a hoax or false flag attack.
Conservative provocateur James WoodsÂ tweeted:
Far-right radio hostÂ Wayne Dupree tweeted:
Right-wing radio host John Cardillo wrote in aÂ now-deletedÂ tweet:
Townhall columnist Kurt SchlichterÂ calledÂ the explosive threats a hoax:
Far-right radio host Michael SavageÂ claimedÂ the explosives were election stunts:
Similarly, far-right conspiracy theorist Laura LoomerÂ tweetedÂ thatÂ the timing was suspect:
Staffer for the anti-Muslim Act For America and pro-Trump activist Scott PreslerÂ calledÂ the suspicious packages âfalse flagsâ:
Posters in the anonymous message board 4chan echoed right-wing mediaâs reactions
On the â/pol/â board of 4chan, reports of explosives were met with âfalse flagâ reactions on several threads. A poster explained the false flag theory by claiming that âif it was a real radical right winger the bomb would have gone offâ
Reacting to the suspicious package addressed to the CNN offices in New York City, a 4chan user recalled Infowarsâ Alex JonesâÂ fondnessÂ forÂ conspiracy theoriesÂ by posting, âAlex Jones predicted thisâ
This post has been updated with additional examples.Â