March 5, 2010
John Patrick Bedell, the suspected Pentagon shooter, was pegged as a 9/11 truther hours after the shooting in Washington.
An article entitled “September 11 conspiracy theorist opens fire at Pentagon” by Sophie Tedmanson was posted on the Times Online website at approximately at 4 AM Eastern time this morning, several hours after the shooting occurred.
“A 9/11 conspiracy theorist walked up to two policemen at the Pentagon yesterday, pulled out a handgun and opened fire at point-blank range,” Tedmanson wrote hours after the event.
Tedmanson’s choice of words leaves the reader believing Bedell was inspired to assault the police due to his belief that 9/11 was an inside job.
KCRA, a news station affiliated with Hearst Television, reported the alleged 9/11 angle at 8:24 PST, several hours after the event. An earlier report posted on the KCRA website mentioned the shooting at the Army’s Fort Hood base in Texas but did not mention 9/11.
The later post was edited at 11:18 PST, so it is not clear if the 9/11 mention appeared in the original post.
Regardless, the corporate media has exploited Bedell’s comments and has shifted into overdrive and is now portraying the 9/11 truth movement as a violent threat.