While the real news media was trying to make sense of events as they unfolded yesterday, while finding the time to also report them, the bottom feeders of the conspiracy theory right wing were busily trying to shape what news they could lay their hands on into the desired form, which was, as so often, one where the Scary Muslims (tm) could be dumped on.
Paul Watson - fantasy versus reality
Nowhere was this more apparent than in the little world of Walter Mitty act-alike Paul Watson, who now calls himself an “editor at large” for Alex Jones’ crackpot rant site otherwise known as InfoWars. These less than august beings occupy that space way out on the right also inhabited by the convocation of the irredeemably batshit that is Breitbart.
And despite his grand title, Watson is not a proper journalist, and therefore cannot claim any press credentials. So although he is walking distance from the incident - in Battersea - he is, it seems, confined to his bunker and only able to declare “Terror attack in London” because he saw something on Mail Online. But he could also tell “This was the series of events” because he had seen a map somewhere on social media.
In any case, he was soon into his racist and conspiracy wacko stride, with “Terrorist described as ‘Asian’. In the UK, Asian is the politically correct way of saying Muslim or Middle Eastern” and then “BBC & Sky News noticeably not reporting eyewitness descriptions of terrorist that are being reported elsewhere”. SCARY CONSPIRACY!
There just HAD to be one of those Muslims at fault. Of course - blame Sadiq Khan! So there was Watson, knowingly Tweeting “I’ll just leave this here” and including a report that suggested Khan said terror attacks were “part and parcel” of living in a major city. But Khan actually said “THE THREAT of terror attacks”. Watson can’t even lie convincingly.
Then it was back to pretending he knew what he was talking about: “I saw high police activity near Albert Bridge 3 miles away from scene of London attack before it happened. Maybe were aware of a threat”. Looked out of the window while washing his fingers and saw a couple of cop cars and a meat van. Have another go.
“Notably, terror attack happened on the day when the attacker would have known Prime Minister Theresa May was inside Parliament”. Yeah, right. That’s just speculation - Theresa May was actually in Parliament when the attack happened, but at 1440 hours, more than two hours after PMQs concludes, the attacker cannot have KNOWN.
Still, there were always rotten lefties to goad, eh? “So now it's time for leftists to express their concern about people being mean to Muslims even as victims are still dying in hospital”. Nobody was talking about Muslims except you and your pals. Try again. “Left's response to the terror attack is to get angry at Tommy Robinson, the guy who repeatedly warned about the very terrorist responsible”. No he didn’t, he got the wrong man.
Paul Watson gets traction for his puerile bigotry from the kinds of people who credit InfoWars with credibility. Otherwise he’d be better employed keeping himself occupied with a few dirty books and a hanky. And leaving this kind of thing to the grownups.