How a 16-year-old tricked the New York Times into reporting that Dylann Roof blogged about “My Little Pony”

The world welcomes another King Troll with this remarkable article. As Gawker suggests, perhaps it’s time the NYT create the position of Random Internet Teen Editor…or they could use some fact checkers.

Fusion

If you read this New York Times article about Dylann Roof on Saturday afternoon, you may have learned the following about the suspected Charleston shooter’s online manifesto:

Benjamin Wareing, a blogger in Britain, said the writings are nearly identical to blog posts that Mr. Roof posted several months ago on a separate Tumblr page. Mr. Wareing was preparing to write an essay on the dangers of Tumblr and troubled youths, so he took notes on the writings.

“He just made really stupid but obvious statements about people from other races,” Mr. Wareing said in an email. “He would call black citizens ‘nuggets’ and such. He never made direct threats at all on Tumblr, at least it didn’t seem like that, just weird ramblings about how he felt he ‘didn’t fit in.’”

Among his writings were images of 9/11 “memes” and of “My Little Pony,” Mr. Wareing said.

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