• Nicolas Liponne/GettyAs politician Christopher J. Hale watched the Notre Dame cathedral burn on Monday from Washington, D.C., he heard from a Jesuit friend in Europe who claimed that the blaze had been deliberately set. Hale, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Democrat in Tennessee last year and writes opinion columns for Time Magazine, tweeted his friend’s claim to his few thousand followers."A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set,” Hale wrote.Hale quickly tweeted that his friend had “zero evidence” for the claim beyond a purported conversation with cathedral staff, and he deleted the original tweet minutes later.But it only took those few minutes for his tweet to become a core piece of proof for right-wing conspiracy theorists who are convinced, without any actual evidence, that the fire was set by terrorists. With one tweet, Hale became sucked into a right-wing media machine eager to both rile up its audience and earn more traffic on social media.“In retrospect, I absolutely never should have tweeted it in the first place,” Hale told The Daily Beast on Tuesday. “I don’t think I had the foresight about how much the worst parts of the internet will grasp for straws in their conspiracy theories.” Before he deleted the post, Hale’s post caught the eye of Jack Posobiec, a former promoter of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory who now works as a reporter at pro-Trump cable channel One America News. Posobiec highlighted Hale’s claim that the fire had been deliberate to his own followers, which number more than 450,000. Suddenly, Hale saw Twitter users across the world citing his tweet as proof that fire was committed by terrorists. “I almost immediately said I was deleting the tweet,” Hale told The Daily Beast. “It was clear to me, though, that any record of the tweet was going to be weaponized very quickly.” Hale’s tweet has become one of the most cited pieces of evidence for Notre Dame conspiracy theorists, even after French investigators said Tuesday that they found no evidence of arson and even though Hale was thousands of miles away from the fire when he sent his tweet. Screenshots of Hale’s deleted tweet spread across Twitter. InfoWars wrote an entire article based on Hale’s tweet, citing it a headline as proof that the fire was “deliberately set.” Far-right activist Pamela Geller highlighted Hale’s tweet on her blog in a post entitled “Notre Dame Cathedral Inferno “Intentionally Set.’” Geller’s post spread on social media, earning hundreds of retweets on her Twitter account alone. Other right-wing blogs, including The American Mirror and talk radio host Michael Savage’s site, also picked up and portrayed Hale’s unintentional error as fact.  “The tweet itself did not mention Islam whatsoever,” Hale said. “But immediately it was right-wing provocateurs, Islamophobes, who used it.”A day later, Hale’s Twitter interactions are filled with people who see the deletion of his tweet as proof of a cover-up.‘Should I use the Obama, ‘It’s a teachable moment?’” Hale said. “The big thing I would say is the weaponization of Twitter has evolved in such a way that no errant word, particularly in the midst of a crisis, is warranted.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

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  • A Fox News on-air interview about the Notre Dame fire in Paris was abruptly shut down after a French guest suggested - without any proof - that the fire consuming the famed cathedral may not have been the result of an accident.On Monday, Philippe Karsenty, a former French right-wing political candidate, suggested to Shep Smith that the church fire may have been set by possible terrorists, a theory that had already been floated by InfoWars soon after the fire began.“It’s like a 9/11, it’s a French 9/11, you know? And it’s a big shock,” Karsenty told Smith, adding, “we’ve had churches desecrated each and every week all over France.” Karsenty then went on to say that “of course, you will hear the story of the political correctness which will tell you it’s probably an accident.”Also Read: Shepard Smith Contradicts His Network on Migrant Caravan: 'There Is No Invasion'“Sir, we’re not going to speculate here of the cause of something which we don’t know,” Smith quickly interjected. “If you have observations or you know something, we would love to hear it.”Karsenty explained: “I’m just telling you something, what we need to be ready,” but Smith shut him down a second time before cutting him from the segment entirely.“No, sir, we’re not doing that here, not now, not on my watch,” Smith said. “The man on the phone with us has absolutely no information of any kind about the origin of this fire and neither do I.”“The fire investigators will at some point come to a determination about what caused this and conspiracy theories about anything are worthless and in many cases counterproductive and injurious to society,” Smith added. “And those who entertain them are not acting in the best interests of the people of this planet.”Also Read: Shep Smith Puts Angry Viewer in Place: Trump Is Running on 'Your Fear of Invasion' (Video)Karsenty, a French media analyst, was convicted in 2013 of defamation after he accused a state television network of staging a video of a young boy being killed during a fight between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers.You can watch the full exchange in the video below.Shepard Smith cuts off French Elected Official after he brings up fact that Churches in France have been desecrated in past year.“Of course you will hear the story of the politically correct which will tell you it is probably an accident" NotreDame pic.twitter.com/HHdqSrXstg- The Columbia Bugle ✝️ () April 15, 2019Read original story Shep Smith Shuts Down Guest Who Suggests Notre Dame Fire Might Not Be Accidental At TheWrap

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  • A Minneapolis man was looking for a random adult to kill over the weekend before he threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America, authorities said. Emmanuel Aranda, 24, grabbed the child and tossed him down nearly 40 feet on Friday, leaving the boy with life-threatening injuries, including multiple broken bones and severe head trauma, according to charging documents. Aranda ran away from the scene, but police apprehended him at a nearby light rail station in Bloomington, about 10 miles south of Minneapolis.

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  • Not even 24 hours after a crowd in Pennsylvania shocked Fox News hosts by expressing overwhelming support for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan, the cable network has punched back at the Vermont senator.After the crowd in Pennsylvania supported Mr Sanders during the town hall event by indicating they would switch over to public health plans, “Fox and Friends” - the network’s morning talk show - brought in a tax expert who expressed some major reservations about Mr Sanders’ plans to reimagine the American economy.“If you look at healthcare, free tuition, family leave, child care - those proposals will all have a price tag of over $20,000 per taxpayer,” Maya MacGuineas, the president of the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said, discussing a study by the group from the 2016 campaign.Mr Sanders has acknowledged that his controversial plan would be expensive, but has claimed that the system he would put in place - a virtual overhaul of the US healthcare system - would ultimately save the US money through lowered healthcare costs.But detractors have attacked the plan, and others like it proposed by Mr Sanders, as too expensive and without a clear funding source. The presidential candidate has said he would pay for the plans at least in part by raising taxes on the ultra wealthy in America.Ms MacGuineas continued: “I don't know whether they plan to finance all of that or add that to the very large national debt, but the costs are certainly high. I know trillion is kind of hard to get your arms around. But when you bring it down per taxpayer, we are talking more than $20,000 increase in taxes.”The guest on “Fox and Friends” wasn’t the only critic of Mr Sanders’ appearance during the Fox News town hall, when moderator Brett Baier was met with cheers when he asked the Pennsylvania crowd if they’d support Mr Sanders’ Medicare for All.In a tweet, Mr Trump seemed to suggest that Mr Sanders’ appearance was a betrayal to him form the conservative news outlet.“So weird to watch Crazy Bernie on Not surprisingly, and the “audience was so smiley and nice. Very strange, and now we have ?” Mr Trump tweeted, referring to the former Democratic strategist who is now a contributor at the network.

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  • Hanna Pignato was working her Saturday evening shift at a Joe’s Crab Shack when she noticed that a boy was struggling in the water beneath the restaurant.

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