This is the first time I’ve seen the power of the fully operational
Death Star Muslim social media campaign. A random shooting in Durham County becomes a cause célèbre for Muslims around the world.
Let’s have a little timeline. The first 911 call of shots fired came in at 5:11 PM on Tuesday the 10th of February. At 6:15 am the next morning I got mentioned on Twitter.
— Doug كافر (@dthurston) February 11, 2015
I’m out walking my dog, and I scratched my head wondering what the heck the #ChapelHillShooting was. So I backtracked the tweets, checking out @RBPundit. I found a raging hashtag war with #MuslimLivesMatter and #ChapelHillShooting getting tweeted all over the place. They were pushing the “Muslims murdered by Christian Terrorist, Western Media Silent!” Then I found this.
Killer of 3 NC Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive A horrific triple homicide was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently murdered by a deranged anti-religion progressive.
Look at the time stamp. February 11 at 2:18 in the morning. Even if that was 2:18 Pacific time, that would still be only 12 hours after the first shots fired call. It points to the Raleigh newspaper, The News and Observer.
That’s date stamped Tuesday the 10th, so it was no more than 6 hours after the first shots fired. Let that sink in for a minute. The “Christian Terrorist” (and that’s a direct quote of many, many tweets I saw) meme had gone around long enough that someone at PJ Media had looked up the guy’s Facebook page and found out that he was an atheist, and a militant one. And that rebuttal was posted no later than 12 hours after the shooting, and more likely only 9 hours. By the time I saw the #ChapelHillShooting hash tag on Twitter at 6:15 AM, there were thousands of “Why is the Western media hiding this terror attack on Muslims!” tweets. This, as a result of a spontaneous movement is frankly impossible. It cannot have happened that way at all. I’ve traced back tweets as far as I am able and have found “Western media Silent!” tweets at 1am Eastern. That basically can not have happened without some large group pushing the meme.
The fact that the only info I am getting about the #ChapelHillshooting is via twitter showcases how permeating Islamophobia is in media.
— King سميرة (@SamiraaSR) February 11, 2015
— Sarah, سارة (@Saressaa) February 11, 2015
#ChapelHillShooting mainstream not covering!!! Then tweet & retweet every message to trend. Use FB +++ Pls RT
— Sharia Times (@ShariaTimes3) February 11, 2015
So it looks like right around 1AM on the 11th, about 8 hours after the first shots fired 911 call, the Twitter campaign takes off, pushing a narrative of “Islamophobia.”
By now, however, we all know that the shooter was not a “Christian Terrorist,” despite all the claims on Twitter
White terrorist are never called such, and are never linked to a larger movement of Christian fundamentalism, #ChapelHillShooting
— Sen (@BigSen21) February 11, 2015
— Xavier Abu Eid (@xabueid) February 11, 2015
— Abu Saadia as Somaal (@dabiq7) February 11, 2015
Here’s what I see. This is a campaign to push the idea that Muslims are the victims of “Islamophobia” in the west and especially in America. I believe that this campaign is a direct response to the #IamCharlieHebdo hashtag. It’s a direct attack on the west, with the Muslims attempting to regain the mantle of “Victim” by attempting to portray everyone racist and bigoted because the victims in this incident were Muslims.
We were played. And they did a fantastic job of it.
I spoke about this in The Squirrel Report Podcast, which I have embedded in this post. The discussion of this incident starts at the 1 hour 2 minute mark. It is very much NOT SAFE FOR WORK. The language in this podcast is very strong. It is tagged explicit on iTunes, so be warned.