Fake Images of Boston Marathon & Disinformation (WARNING: Graphic Content).
University of Mobile’s Cross Country Coach Alastair Stevenson, a Boston marathon veteran and eye witness of the bombings on Monday has said that “Police told us that bomb drill was training exercise”.
In an interview with Anthony Gucciardi, Stevenson gave a first hand account of events leading up to the actual bombings.
“At the starting line this morning, they had bomb sniffing dogs and the bomb squad out there,” he said. “They kept announcing to runners not to be alarmed, that they were running a training exercise.”
He added, “I’ve run a lot of races like this one, but I never saw bomb dogs at the starting line of any running event.
Have a listen to this 4 minute clip.
So why all the disinformation and fake images going viral on Facebook and youtube? With such a testomony of an eye witness and the obvious presence of sniffer dogs and the bomb squad prior to the bombings that raised more than enough questions, then why the need for disinformation sensationalism?
Disinformation is fake information deliberately created to distract and discredit the truth movement by trolls, shills, provocateurs and just down right stupid people. However, I have seen those in the truth movement also posting the fake images below without checking facts, perhaps they were caught up in the frenzy of events and Alastair Stevenson’s account.
The image below claims an 8 year-old girl running for Sandy Hook kids took part in the event and killed.
The 8 year-old was Martin Richards who died from his injuries, his father made the statement below.
“My dear son Martin has died from injuries sustained in the attack on Boston. My wife and daughter are both recovering from serious injuries. We thank our family and friends, those we know and those we have never met, for their thoughts and prayers. I ask that you continue to pray for my family as we remember Martin. We also ask for your patience and for privacy as we work to simultaneously grieve and recover. Thank you.” – Bill Richard
The image below claims that the victim in the top left is the same person on the right Nick Vogt, an Afghanistan war veteran. Here is his facebook page Nick Vogt Family
The man in the top left is really 27 year-old Jeff Bauman Jr. His father also issued a statement via facebook.
Boston victim, lost leg
Jeff Bauman Jr. sustained extensive damage to both of his legs during the Boston Marathon terror attack Monday afternoon, but he survived the explosion and is in stable condition, according to his father. The 27-year-old had to have both of his legs amputated, but his father, Jeff Bauman Sr., wrote on Facebook that his son is going to pull through, despite the brutal wounds he sustained.
This image has come under great scrutiny for various reason (click on image to enlarge). As I have never witnessed any kind of carnage except in Hollywood movies, I can’t really comment but why is Jeff Bauman not being attended to while those with lesser injuries are receiving first aid? And wouldn’t he be unconscious or screaming in pain?
The image below claimed to be Donna Bruce, who was a few blocks away when the bomb went off.
In fact, the image is of Dawn Hochsprung, ‘victim’ of the Sandy Hook shootings on 14th December 2012 and the school principal at that time.
This is Donna Bruce who finished the race just before the bombs went off and wasn’t close enough to hear or see the bombings.
Donna Bruce describes Boston as ‘somber’ day after marathon bombing
Somber is how Madison’s Donna Bruce describes the scene in Boston, one day following the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
Bruce, a partner at BKD, LLP in Jackson, finished the race in 3 hours, 50 minutes, some 20 minutes before two bombs ripped through the streets. She says she wasn’t close enough to hear or see the bombing when it happened and was actually getting much of her information from people back home, in the forms of texts and calls, in the minutes after event.