New Right-Wing Blogger Trend: Smearing Dead People in the News


A new craze is sweeping the nation: attacking the character of murdered people for their perceived ideological crimes.

Hours after news that the death of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller had been confirmed, a report emanated from the conservative blogosphere alleging Mueller had served as a “human shield” for a pro-Hamas group. Mueller worked for a pro-Palestinian organization in 2010-11, and also for a variety of refugee organizations in Israel and Turkey.

But her Palestinian activism led to the following reactions — the first from a Breitbart editor; the latter from a self-styled conservative pundit:

“When people ask me what I think of Kayla Mueller, I’ll say, I think she’s incinerated,” Schlussel’s post concluded. “Buh-bye, Kayla. Have fun with your 72 Yasser Arafats.”

Meanwhile, the murders of the three Muslim students in Chapel Hill occasioned this response from would-be vigilante blogger Chuck Johnson:

Johnson retweeted a number of pro-Palestinian posts from Deah Bakarat, the 23-year-old allegedly shot and killed by a Chapel Hill man Tuesday evening, though none were anti-Semitic or anti-Israel.

Incidentally, this was Bakarat’s tweet from two weeks ago:

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