If you have been following the Lügenpresse, you have likely heard by now that anti-Semitism in America has ballooned into a national crisis following a wave of attacks on Jewish cemeteries and threats to Jewish community centers, and that white supremacy and Trump’s election as president is responsible. It had become such a burning issue in The Narrative that President Trump was pressured into addressing the matter at the top of his Joint Address to Congress on Tuesday:
“NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A jilted ex-boyfriend is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish Community Centers nationwide, plus a bomb threat to the Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend, federal officials said Friday.
Juan Thompson, 31, a one-time New Yorker now living back in his hometown of St. Louis, will appear in federal court in Missouri on Friday afternoon on a charge of cyberstalking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, authorities said. He is expected to eventually be transferred to New York for prosecution. …
The harassment got worse from there when he started making threats against Jewish institutions in her name to portray her as an anti-Semite, federal officials said.
The Anti-Defamation League received an email on Feb. 21 that said the woman was behind the bomb threats to JCCs and there’d be more the next day. On Feb. 22, the ADL headquarters in Midtown Manhattan received a phoned-in bomb threat. …
“Thompson’s alleged pattern of harassment not only involved the defamation of his female victim, but his threats intimidated an entire community,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. …
“The defendant allegedly caused havoc, expending hundreds of hours of police and law enforcement resources to respond and investigate these threats,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “We will continue to pursue those who peddle fear, making false claims about serious crimes.” …”
It was just some crazy black dude who used to write for The Intercept who was mad at his White ex-girlfriend and wanted to portray her as anti-Semite.
“Thompson, 31, was once a reporter for The Intercept, but he was fired after the New York City-based news site found he had been making up sources. Our investigation turned up even more journalistic problems dating back to his college days at Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Thompson later briefly surfaced at an online news site, but was fired after someone there learned of his background. He has blamed racism for his difficulties and self-published a piece on Medium blasting The Intercept and “the white liberal media.”
More recently, Thompson launched a GoFundMe campaign, claiming he was running for St. Louis mayor. (He never filed the necessary paperwork.)
“This election is all about people power,” he wrote. “Because only with your voices and your votes and your power can we fight back against Trumpian fascism and socio-economic terrorism.” He raised just $25 of his $5,000 goal. …”
As a writer for The Intercept, Juan Thompson concocted a viral fake news race hoax about Dylann Roof:
“Then a young journalist with St. Louis roots landed a big scoop.
Juan Thompson, a 30-year-old rookie reporter for online news site the Intercept, claimed he’d landed an exclusive interview with Roof’s cousin Scott and that he could trace the fury that fueled the carnage.
“Scott Roof, who identified himself as Dylann Roof’s cousin, told me over the telephone that ‘Dylann was normal until he started listening to that ‘white power music stuff,’” Thompson wrote in a story that went live at 11:05 p.m. on June 18. “He also claimed that ‘he kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked started dating a black guy two years back.’”
ABC News had previously spoken to Dylann Roof’s roommate, who’d claimed the shooter had talked about plans for racial violence, but the narrative of a jilted lover seeking revenge was a juicy new wrinkle.
“Dylann liked her,” Scott Roof said, according to Thompson. “The black guy got her. He changed. I don’t know if we would be here if not…”
News agencies across the country were soon citing the Intercept’s exclusive as they raced to cobble together a picture of the gunman.
There was only one problem. It was a lie. …
The bombshell accusations left anyone who’d ever worked with Thompson wondering if he’d scammed them too. It’s a tricky question to untangle, noted Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of the liberal online publication Talking Points Memo, which had published one of his essays.
“One of the dirty little secrets of fact-checking,” Marshall wrote in an editor’s note, “is that it is quite difficult to uncover a determined effort to deceive.” …
Juan Thompson also worked for Talking Points Memo. I distinctly remember that fake news story during the feeding frenzy that swirled after Charleston. It was that guy!