Ed Driscoll

'Narrative Journalism Fail: HuffPo Blows Story'

OK, that truncated headline is a perennial. The full version of John Nolte’s story at Big Journalism is “Narrative Journalism Fail: HuffPo Blows Story of Last Night’s Police Shooting,” which as John notes, “took place just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri:”

After the hoax was revealed, The Huffington Post removed the phony interview and posted a correction:

“A previous version of this story included an interview with a man claiming to have been at the scene of the shooting and friends with the deceased. As police have released statements saying the second person involved in the incident has fled the scene, the source is now suggesting he was never there.”

As of now, police officials say Martin pulled a gun on the police officer. A surveillance video appears to back the officer up.

Like the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” lie spread by a reckless and unquestioning media after the shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson, the Huffington Post got it horribly wrong in an apparent rush to be the first to use the Martin shooting to further the phony and now-deadly  media narrative that cops are on the hunt to kill black men.

And just as the media’s “Hands Up, Don’t, Shoot Lie” lie resulted in months of hell raining down on the predominantly black working  class city of Ferguson, the Huffington Post’s recklessness (in the obvious name of Narrative Journalism) could have opened a whole new chapter of mob violence on that small city.

But then, HuffPo might as well end the year the same way the left’s media has operated throughout the year — with tragic results for all of America: