Muslim Refugee Identified As Shooter Of 15 People In Ohio Nightclub Is Misleading News
By Shawn Rice
Did a Muslim refugee shoot 15 people at a Ohio nightclub? A partisan web site recently published false and contradictory information about the origins and religious beliefs of a suspect in a fatal shooting. Where did the misleading news originate about a “Muslim refugee” shooting 15 people inside an Ohio nightclub.
True Trumpers posted a story on March 27, 2017, blaming a “Muslim refugee” for a shooting in Cincinnati before quickly contradicting itself. True Trumpers used an actual incident involving the murder of many people. However, the web site embellished certain aspects in an effort to advance a specific political agenda.
In this case, the story centers around a nightclub mass shooting a day earlier that resulted in the death of 27 year-old O’Bryan Spikes and injuries to 16 other people inside the building. True Trumpers then used a click bait headline that blamed a “Muslim refugee” for the shooting and promise that President Donald Trump was “going to deport them all.”
However, that story immediately undermined its own premise with the following paragraph which noted that investigators have been unable to connect the shooting to an act of Islamic terrorism.
“Although investigators don’t believe that this was an act of Islamic terrorism, as was seen the in the Orlando night club, they don’t have their suspect in custody yet, nor has a motive been determined, Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate said in a tweet, according to the Daily Mail.”
The story was republished verbatim on another questionable site with a different misleading headline. This time is stated that Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) was “about to address the nation” but failed to substantiate that claim.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news article on social media.
‘Muslim Refugee’ Shoots 15 People In Ohio Nightclub? https://t.co/ZosXXAihKn
— Maria Williams (@flashnewsportal) April 26, 2017
15 People Brutally Shot in Ohio By Muslim Refugee, Trump Going To Deport Them All In One Week. Do You Support This? https://t.co/0urza2XEjk
— Bonnie nettles (@Bonnienettles1) April 10, 2017
BREAKING: 15 People Brutally Shot in Ohio By Muslim Refugee, Trump Going To Deport Them All In One Week. Do You… https://t.co/OSB88ZNhd8
— mary mays (@doctormary4you) April 9, 2017
BREAKING: 15 People Brutally Shot in Ohio By Muslim Refugee, Trump Going To Deport Them All In One Week. Do You… https://t.co/Z0LaWHe10B
— Lightning News 1 (@LightningNews1) April 8, 2017
BREAKING: 15 People Brutally Shot in Ohio By Muslim Refugee, Trump Going To Deport Them All In One Week. Do You… https://t.co/nMseRAci7M
— Lightning News 1 (@LightningNews1) April 5, 2017
In reality, Snopes reported that two men who were neither identified as either refugees or Muslims were charged in connection with the heinous shooting. One suspect, 29 year-old Deondre Davis, died on April 4, 2017, from injuries he sustained during the incident. Authorities believe that Davis killed Spikes. The surviving Go to the full article.