On Tuesday, The Gateway Pundit “broke” the “news” (ahem) that Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, had suffered an orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket during his confrontation with Brown.
A severe, sometimes life-threatening injury would justify Wilson’s use of deadly force.
However, as Nathaniel Downes of Addicting Info pointed out in his piece about this lie article, this kind of injury is severe enough that Wilson likely would have shown some sign of it while he was walking around Brown’s body.
One of the main symptoms of this kind of injury is double vision, and another is seeing two images at the same time (not the same as double vision). Other symptoms include pain and a bleeding nose. Someone in that condition would have shown some sign of it, even if all he was doing was holding his hand to his face.
Little Green Footballs noted that a lot of right-wing blogs picked this story up and ran with it, up to and including the Drudge Report. ABC News has reported a version of the story, too, but the version they’re telling is slightly different.
They’re claiming that a source (that they’re not identifying) said Wilson suffered “a severe facial injury.” However, the video from CNN that Little Green Footballs has (and is below) shows Wilson calmly walking around Brown’s body, appearing not at all like he’s suffering a facial injury of that severity.
Here’s the video from CNN that shows Wilson walking around Brown’s body after he supposedly suffered his life-threatening injury.
Injury shown in faked scans aren’t Wilson’s.
But the truly damning evidence against The Gateway Pundit, courtesy of Little Green Footballs, is the image of the CT scan of Wilson’s injury. It’s not likely that author Jim Hoft’s two alleged sources—the St. Louis County PD and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office—would have just released the CT scans to the regular press, let alone to Hoft before everyone else.
If they had, this story would very likely have broken on major news sources before The Gateway Pundit got a hold of it.
The image shown above is a CT scan of an orbital blowout fracture, but it’s from the University of Iowa. The University’s name has been badly erased from the alleged scan of Wilson. As Little Green Footballs author Charles Johnson so aptly said, “Caught you, Jim.”
The Gateway Pundit’s article itself is full of wild leaps of logic, and should not have been taken as seriously as it was. Something stinks over there. We should be wearing gas masks to protect ourselves from the stench.
h/t Addicting Info