Milo Yiannopoulos has denied inciting violence after ‘making a joke’ about vigilantes shooting journalists days before a gunman opened fire at a US newspaper.
At least five people have been killed and multiple people injured after the shooting today the Capital Gazette offices in Annapolis, Maryland.
The shooter is currently in custody and has not been named at this stage.
Two days ago it is reported that right wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos, 33, had written he ‘couldn’t wait for vigilantes to start shooting journalists in a text to a reporter.
Capital Gazette newspaper shooting Five people dead after gunman opens fire in Annapolis office
The message, which was sent to the New York Observer, came after the publication asked him for a statement after his booking was refused at a restaurant when they discovered his identity.
Yiannopoulos, who used to work for Breitbart News, is known for his controversial views and was once accused of support paedophilia, something he strenuously denies.
But this evening has denied inciting the gun violence and dismissed the comment as a ‘private joke’ and ‘trolling’.
Writing on Facebook he said You’re about to see a raft of news stories claiming that I am responsible for inspiring the deaths of journalists.
The truth, as always, is the opposite of what the media tells you.
I sent a troll about vigilante death squads as a *private* response to a few hostile journalists who were asking me for comment, basically as a way of saying, F*** off.
They then published it. Amazed they were pretending to take my joke as a threat, I reposted these stories on Instagram to mock them — and to make it clear that I wasn’t being serious.
Headlines soon appeared claiming that I was inciting people to murder journalists. This is wholly false.
The only people whipping up hysteria about killing reporters this week were Will Sommer at the Daily Beast and Davis Richardson at the New York Observer.
If there turns out to be any dimension to this crime related to my private, misreported remarks, the responsibility for that lies squarely and wholly with the Beast and the Observer for drumming up fake hysteria about a private joke, and with the verified liberals who pretended they thought I was serious…..
I made a private, offhand troll to two hostile reporters, who breathlessly publicized it and like vermin their fellow journalists swarmed to remind the world how much they hate Milo.
If the Left was truly horrified by violence against journalists, they would have shown it in the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo. As you all know, they didn’t.
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