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Gerd Heidemann poses with the diaries. Image from Stern Magazine – Apr 22, 1983. Gerd Heidemann, a reporter for Stern, stood at the centre of the hoax. He was both its primary instigator and, paradoxically, one of its main dupes.

The Fake Hitler Diaries

Media organisations competed to buy the rights to Hitler’s diaries, which turned out to be one of the most outrageous fakes in the history of journalism. It would have been one of the greatest historical buys of the 20th century: Sixty-two handwritten volumes of a secret diary kept by Adolf Hitler. Der Stern Magazine thought they had the exclusive rights into one of the darkest minds of all time. Instead, they paid millions of dollars for a hoax.

In 1983, German newsweekly Stern came out with an exclusive report on what seemed to be the most explosive diaries in history: the collected thoughts of Adolf Hitler. The diaries, allegedly written between 1932 and 1945, were found in East Germany, apparently in the wreckage of a plane crash where they had been hidden since that time.

Stern paid an estimated $6 million for the diaries, and the plan was to publish them in partnership with The Sunday Times of London. The Times (along with Newsweek) brought in experts to confirm the document’s authenticity — to historian Hugh Trevor-Roper the diaries appeared genuine, at least the handwriting. But as Stern began to share the documents, it became clear they were not authentic — in fact, they were a modern forgery containing historical mistakes, written in tea-stained composition books — and as it turns out, Trevor-Roper, who reviewed the documents for their authenticity, couldn’t read German. While the documents had come from Germany, they had not come from Hitler; Heidemann had bought the faked diaries from an art dealer (and forger) named Konrad Kajau.

The documents had apparently been hidden away in East Germany by a mysterious Dr Fischer after being recovered from an aircraft crash near Dresden in April 1945. The diaries passed three handwriting tests; the Times of London and Newsweek engaged historians, Hugh Trevor-Roper and Gerhard Weinberg, to examine the papers, with Trevor-Roper, convinced of their authenticity.

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Who are Faking Hate Crimes and why?

I did a google search for fake hate crimes and in order of what I found here are both the crimes and the people behind them. You can form your own conclusions as to which groups are the most common instigators of fake hate crimes.

Two University of Michigan students filed a false hate crime report.

Both falsely claimed to be the victim of hate crimes in the wake of the presidential election, prompting significant investigations and weeks of media hype.

One of the women…claimed a white man wielding a lighter threatened to set her hijab on fire.

The second woman, 21, told police she was assaulted by an older man wielding a safety pin…

-dailycaller.com


20-year-old Michael Kee, reported that anti-Muslim threats appeared on his door and on a wall outside his dorm room. The student told police he felt he was being threatened over his religion and ethnicity.

Police initially treated the incident as a hate crime, but after an investigation they determined that the student had perpetrated a fraud and painted the graffiti himself…

-Breitbart.com


Milo Yiannopoulos talks in the above video about the growing number of Fake hate crimes inside America. He explains how the Media will believe anything if it fits their narrative. Look at how quick our own New Zealand media were to believe that the Huntly incident was a “Hate crime” against Muslim women when if they had actually watched the video they would have found zero racism or religiously offensive words. Also if they had interviewed the drunk woman first, they would have discovered that her own mother was Muslim and that her words and actions were due to mental health problems and being so drunk that she couldn’t even remember what happened.

Milo explains that there is a supply and demand problem for bigotry. There simply isn’t enough of it actually happening for activists to hold up as examples for people to be outraged about so they need to make it up in order to push their narrative to the media.

The majority of the faked hate crimes according to Milo were faked by Lesbians. He concluded that Hate crimes are politically motivated.


 

In Minneapolis, a video depicted a high school girl in a hijab fighting furiously, punching a boy who had supposedly tried to pull off her Islamic garment. According to the Star Tribune:

[The video] has gone viral since it was posted to Facebook, with more than 6.5 million views, more than 161,000 shares and more than 29,000 comments — many supporting the girl, who appears to be defending herself.

It’s easy to see why it was so popular: it depicted the establishment media’s dream narrative. It appeared to show a racist white trying to victimize a Muslim girl, and the girl giving him everything he deserved.

There was just one catch: it was a hoax.

A spokesman for the school district issued a statement explaining that it was a “play fight.” It just happened to feed the mainstream media’s cherished victimhood fantasies…

…CAIR has claimed that a kindergarten teacher at David Cox Road Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, has bullied, harassed, and assaulted a five-year-old Muslim boy. But according to WCNC:

Celeste Spears-Ellis, the principal of David Cox Road Elementary School, said in a letter home to parents Friday that the teacher, identified only as Ms. Simpson, will be returning to the classroom after a thorough investigation found the claims to be unfounded.

-pjmedia.com


There is an inverse relationship between the demand for and the supply of hate in America.

… when expectations fail to match reality, we are left with the curious phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes.

Here are five examples…

1. One recent headline read: ‘Florida man faked a pro-Trump KKK hate crime, set his ex’s car on fire, then staged his own kidnapping in ransom note covered with his blood.’ That speaks for itself.

2. A Muslim college student lied about being attacked on the subway by three Trump supporters…

3. A North Park University student faked hate-filled notes and emails containing homophobic slurs and Trump references. “This is a countrywide epidemic all of a sudden,” she whined…

4. An African American member of a black church in Mississippi was arrested for spray painting the walls of the church with “Vote Trump” and setting the building on fire.

5. A white husband and father of four in Texas wrote “N***** Lovers” on his garage door and set his own truck and motorcycle on fire…

What to make of hoaxes like these?

First, many media outlets stumbled blindly and belligerently into the fray, shedding the journalistic decency to wait for the facts to come out before prematurely pinning the blame on the “culture of hate” surrounding Trump and those who support him.

…Needless to say, the press had a field day with these alleged hate crimes by treating them as truth and doing all the necessary issue framing to make the audience draw connections that weren’t actually there. But when the narrative took a turn that didn’t fit their agenda, and it became clear that those responsible were not any of the “Deplorables” but rather emotionally weak or otherwise unstable people, their preordained themes of Trump-induced hate conveniently faded away.

…Neither should we ignore how these faux crimes fit into our pervading culture of victimhood. Yasmin Seweid, the Muslim student… had written on her Facebook page:

I was harassed on the subway last night. And it was just so dehumanizing I can’t speak about it without getting emotional… Three white racists ripped the straps off my bag and attempted to yank my hijab off my head. They yelled such disgusting slurs at me, I was so helpless and felt defenseless.

If one decides to be a victim, there must be a perpetrator. And what group of people gets blamed the most these days? White men – a.k.a. Trump supporters.

Don’t bat an eye, then, at how our politically correct climate of making mountains out of anthills when it comes to the perceived evils of “systemic” discrimination and “white privilege” go hand in hand with media-driven witch-hunts of someone to take the fall. Together they have helped create an industry out of anti-racism on which many in academia and journalism base their careers.

-ijr.com

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The Riot That Never Was

“Unemployed demonstration in London. The crowd has now passed along Whitehall and, at the suggestion of Mr Popplebury, Secretary of the National Movement for Abolishing Theatre Queues, is preparing to demolish the Houses of Parliament with trench mortars. […] The clock tower, 320 feet in height, has just fallen to the ground, together with the famous clock Big Ben, which used to strike the hours on a bell weighing nine tons.”

– Ronald Knox, Broadcasting the Barricades

In January 1926, the BBC sparked a national panic …

It broadcast a 12-minute report of a murderous riot in central London, which turned out to be a spoof, masterminded by a literary priest.

The show was the work of a Catholic priest, a satirist, and a writer of detective fiction who all happened to be the same man: Father Ronald Arbuthnott Knox. Knox penned the skit to poke fun at the BBC, because he believed his countrymen took what they heard on the radio too seriously. But he copied the style of BBC news bulletins so well that some listeners mistook his satire for the real thing.

Broadcasting the Barricades “reported” that a mob of unemployed workers were attacking London and lynching government ministers. A portion of Knox’s audience apparently believed these reports to be true, because newspapers and the BBC soon found themselves overwhelmed with calls about the fictitious uprising. This incident is often cited as a predecessor to the alleged panic surrounding Orson Welles’s 1938 War of the Worlds broadcast. But, as with the later show, there are definite indications that the reports of hysteria surrounding Knox’s broadcast were exaggerated. The BBC, for instance, later reported receiving an influx of mail from listeners who enjoyed the show, as Welles and CBS would in 1938.

Knox, interrupted an apparently genuine BBC talk on 18th century literature with a report that Big Ben had been toppled by trench mortars, the Savoy Hotel torched, and a Government minister lynched.

The Russian revolution was then less than a decade old, the General Strike already in preparation. 

In this febrile atmosphere, many took Knox’s satire seriously, besieging the BBC with worried phone calls. Bad weather delayed delivery of the next day’s papers, giving rural listeners prolonged reason to assume the capital was in flames.
The BBC made several announcements later that evening that the programme had been ‘a burlesque’ but these assurances went largely unheard.

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Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles "End of the World". Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

Widespread panic followed the Halloween broadcast. This New Jersey, man stands ready to ward off the Martian attack. William Dock, 76 years old, waiting for the Martians in Grover Mills after hearing Orson Welles “End of the World”. Radio 1938, Martian Attack, War of the Worlds- BETTMANN / CORBIS.

The Men from Mars

The Infamous “War of the Worlds” Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke. Orson Welles and his colleagues scrambled to pull together the show; they ended up writing pop culture history.

On the evening of October 30, 1938, the audience listening to CBS Radio were told they were going to be treated to the music of Ramon Raquello and his orchestra, broadcast live from the Meridian Room at the Park Plaza in New York City. The performance began, but mere minutes into it a reporter from Intercontinental Radio News interrupted to deliver an important announcement. Astronomers had just detected enormous blue flames shooting up from the surface of Mars.

The broadcast returned to the music of Ramon Raquello, but soon it was interrupted again with more news. Now a strange meteor had fallen to earth, impacting violently on a farm near Grovers Mill, New Jersey. A reporter was soon on hand to describe the eerie scene around the meteor crater, and the broadcast switched over to continuous coverage of this rapidly unfolding event.

To the dismay of the terrified radio audience, the events around the Grovers Mill meteor crater rapidly escalated from the merely strange to the positively ominous. It turned out that the meteor was not a meteor. It was, in fact, a spaceship, out of which a tentacled creature, presumably a Martian, emerged and blasted the onlookers with a deadly heat-ray.

The Martian sunk back into the crater, but re-emerged soon afterwards housed inside a gigantic, three-legged death machine. The Martian quickly disposed of 7,000 armed soldiers surrounding the crater, and then it began marching across the landscape, joined by other Martians. The Martian invaders blasted people and communication lines with their heat-rays, while simultaneously releasing a toxic black gas against which gas masks proved useless.

Believing that the nation had been invaded by Martians, many listeners panicked. Some people loaded blankets and supplies in their cars and prepared to flee. One mother in New England reportedly packed her babies and lots of bread into a car, figuring that “if everything is burning, you can’t eat money, but you can eat bread.” Other people hid in cellars, hoping that the poisonous gas would blow over them. One college senior drove forty-five miles at breakneck speed in a valiant attempt to save his girlfriend.

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Severe Waikato chemical scare

Posted by Waikato Regional Council on Friday, January 1, 2016

A 30-year-old hoax has hit the Waikato, forcing the regional council to reassure people that Dihydrogen Monoxide, or water, is not harmful.

A picture warning people of a spillage of hundreds of litres of Dihydrogen Monoxide into the Waikato River has been shared over 482 times.

The post says Environment Waikato, now called the Waikato Regional Council, were informed of a large spillage into the Waikato River last night.

“Estimated to be hundreds of thousands of litres, and growing. Dihydrogen Monoxide was seen spilling out on industrial overflow pipe into the Waikato River, south of Hamilton, and reports claim the spillage is continuing.”

It goes onto say that Dihydrogen Monoxide can be highly dangerous and used in the chemical manufacturing industry.

“If breathed into the lungs, it can kill a grown adult in seconds.”

I’m quite a fan of Dihydrogen Monoxide myself.   It is, in fact, one of the world’s most powerful solvents and I use it readily in my laundry, kitchen and bathroom.   Read more »

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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"Awful Calamity. Wild Animals Broken Loose from Central Park." An illustration that accompanied an 1893 article in Harper's Weekly about the hoax.

“Awful Calamity. Wild Animals Broken Loose from Central Park.” An illustration that accompanied an 1893 article in Harper’s Weekly about the hoax.

Awful Calamity

Wild Animals Broken Loose from Central Park

In late 19th-Century America, the big newspapermen were kings. Famous publishers like William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer exercised inordinate powers over both government policy and ‘public’ opinion.

The New York Herald was, along with the New York World, one of the most influential news outlets of its day. James Gordon Bennett took over as publisher of the paper in 1867 after the retirement of his father of the same name. The younger Bennett was eager to establish the paper’s reputation by financing major expeditions, such as that of Henry Stanley starting in 1869 to find Dr David Livingstone. The Scot, Dr Livingstone, had been lost somewhere in Africa while working as a missionary.

Unlike modern American newspapers, which tend to disguise or even deny their political orientation, 19th Century newspapers were outspokenly political and the Herald was no exception. It was at least nominally populist and certainly sympathetic to the Democratic Party. Even more influential, however, was Bennett’s orientation toward the advancement of his own power and influence.

Although accounts differ on this point, it is generally believed that Bennett was known in upper class New York circles to brag about his influence, claiming that he had so much control over New York that he could keep the entire city in their houses for a whole day. Someone finally took him up on the bet and on November 9, 1874 the Herald‘s headline screamed ‘Escaped Animals Roam Streets of Manhattan’.

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Photo: Life Magazine The Monkey from Mars.

Photo: Life Magazine
The Monkey from Mars.

The Monkey from Mars

In 1953, three men managed to convince their town that it was being invaded by aliens using nothing more than a monkey, green food colouring, and a blowtorch. Their hoax was so convincing that they even managed to get the US Air Force involved. They did all this to settle a bet.

It was a hot night on July 8, 1953. Police officer Sherley Brown and his partner were doing a routine patrol down rural Bankhead highway near Austell, Georgia when up ahead they saw a pickup truck stopped in the middle of the road. They pulled over to investigate. What they found was the most unusual scene they would ever encounter during their entire careers as officers.

Three frightened young men — Ed Watters (a barber, reportedly 28, although he looks younger), Tom Wilson (a fellow barber, 20), and Arnold ‘Buddy’ Payne (a butcher, 19) — were waiting nervously by the side of the road. And lying there on the tarmac in front of the truck, illuminated by the vehicle’s headlights, was a bizarre two-foot tall creature that looked for all the world like a space alien.

Space aliens had been in the news a lot. Just the night before there had been multiple reports of a large, multicoloured, cone-shaped object flying overhead near Marietta, Georgia. But no one had ever produced a flesh-and-blood alien before.

The young men spilled out a strange tale. They said they’d been out in their truck “honky-tonking” around, when they came over a hill and suddenly found themselves careening towards a small flying saucer that was ‘glowing red all over.’ Three small aliens were outside the craft wandering up and down the highway. The young men said they jammed on their brakes, but couldn’t avoid hitting one of the aliens. The other two spacemen made it to the ship and blasted off, leaving circular scorch marks on the road that were still visible.

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The Berners Street Hoax.

The Berners Street Hoax.

The Berners Street Hoax

The year was 1809. Famed English author, Theodore Hook, made a bet with one of his close friends, the noted architect and writer, Samuel Beazley, that within one week, he could make any house in London the most talked about place in the city. The house he ended up choosing was the home of the widow Mrs Tottenham on 54 Berners Street, London, which was the same street that Earl Stanhope and the Bishop of Carlisle and of Chester, among other wealthy and well-to-do individuals, lived on at that time.

Mrs Tottenham herself was described by newspapers as “a woman of fortune, it isn’t known why Hook chose Mrs Tottenham’s home as no connection between the two is known and Hook himself never explained his selection. It’s entirely possible that it just happened to be a location where the home across the street could be rented and was also in a fairly well-to-do part of town which would help assure Hook’s plan would work.

At around 4 AM on Monday, November 26, Hook picked up Beazley and the two went to a rented room across from the soon-to-be-infamous home at 54 Berners Street. Remember, this was an upscale location just off Oxford Street. This was a part of London where Lords, Ladies and Earls lived. As the two huddled in the pre-dawn darkness, Hook pointed across the street to the large home, which was owned by Mrs Tottenham.

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A frame from the film by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin.

A frame from the film by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin.

BigFoot

 In 1965, Bigfoot was officially put on the endangered species list in Russia.

Germany and France followed suit in 1967. There is conflicting scientific evidence about Bigfoot, some researchers believe it is closely related to humans while others think Bigfoot originated from an extinct giant ape. It may even be an extraterrestrial being. Kit Kats are also reported to be on Bigfoot’s menu.

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Whatever happened to “Balloon Boy”?

Still being used as a promotional toy by Mum and Dad it seems