Yesterday, a 21-year-old man named Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was charged with attempting to assassinate Barack Obama. There’s a lengthy complaint available that includes quite a bit of information, including scary stuff he said about Obama to people who knew him well, referring to the president as ‘the anti-Christ,” the devil, and indicating he wouldn’t stop “until it’s done.” There’s information about what he had in his car, about how he conducted the alleged shooting, and even what he was wearing. There is NO mention of any Occupy movement — the word “occupy” doesn’t even appear in the document. So, why is it in this Fox Nation headline?
Earlier in the investigation it was reported that Ortega-Hernandez might have spent time “blending in” with Occupy D.C. protesters. Does that mean he is “linked” to them?
Perhaps there could be a tenuous argument as to such…except that, on Monday, police did question a protester, and it was NOT Ortega-Hernandez…and, as the Washington Post points out,
“Before Ortega-Hernandez was captured, investigators searched the Occupy D.C. campground near the White House but have found no connection between him and the Occupy protesters, according to three law enforcement officials familiar with the case.”
You can argue the semantics of the word “linked,” but running this sort of thing in a headline seems pretty egregious any way you look at it, and, frankly, kind of irresponsible, whether it’s SEO bait, a deliberate smear tactic, or just lack of reporting. But then, it’s Fox — at least they didn’t call him a protester!