Internet Prank May Have Tricked Media Into Believing Shooter Was Member Of White Nationalist Group

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The power of the ‘internet troll’ is more prevalent today that it ever has been in history.  It takes just a quick search on YouTube to find all of the cases that have made national news that stemmed from an online chatroom called 4chan. Today it took the form of the White Nationalist rumor.

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A popular ‘meme’ when a national news story like a shooting happens for instance, is to blame “Sam Hyde.”  This has worked many times in the past and has actually caused countless news outlets, including a United States Congressman to name Sam Hyde as the shooter in the Texas Church Shooting.

Well it looks like this has happened again.  Many mainstream outlets, just as they fell for the Sam Hyde joke as well as other 4chan pranks, are reporting that Nikolas Cruz, the man named in the school shooting in Florida, was a member of a local white nationalist group.

Conversation trick white nationalist Nicolas Cruz

Even Local law enforcement sources say they have not found any connection between accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz and a Tallahassee-based paramilitary group.

Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz to the Republic of Florida Militia, as first reported by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.

Leon County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Grady Jordan said investigative work Thursday did not yield any connections.

“We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter,” Jordan said.

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The Daily Wire is now reporting No known connection found also:

Florida law enforcement officials said late on Thursday that they have not found any connection between alleged Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School gunman Nikolas Cruz and a militia group in Florida that is reportedly a white supremacist group.

The claim, which was first reported by the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League (ADL), ignited a firestorm as the Associated Press ran with the story and within minutes nearly all media outlets were reporting that Cruz was connected to the alt-right and white supremacists.

However, shortly after the media ran with the story, local law enforcement cast doubt on the accuracy of the claim. The Tallahassee Democrat reports:

Leon County law enforcement sources told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz, 19, to the Republic of Florida Militia, as claimed by the group’s self-proclaimed leader Jordan Jereb.

Hours after news outlets around the nation reported Cruz’s alleged ties, Leon County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Grady Jordan told the Tallahassee Democrat investigative work did not yield any connections.

“We are still doing some work but we have no known ties between the ROF, Jordan Jereb or the Broward shooter,” Jordan said.

The Tallahassee Democrat added that Jordan Jereb, the leader of the Republic of Florida Militia, “did not answer repeated phone calls following law enforcement officials saying they found little to lead them to believe Cruz was connected to the organization which has a scant following of around a dozen members.”

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