Friday, March 03, 2017

DNAinfo Chicago silent on arrest of its former "radical leftist journalist" busted for Jewish center threats

Juan Thompson, described by Slate as a "radical leftist journalist," finds himself in a lot of trouble tonight--he's under arrest. Thompson used to write for St. Louis-based The Intercept and for DNAinfo Chicago.

From Time:

Thompson allegedly made at least eight threats to Jewish centers, including the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) headquarters, in the last two months, according to the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office. Authorities say it was part of his mission to frame and harass his ex-girlfriend after their relationship ended.

Thompson is accused of emailing the ADL in late February, saying the woman "is behind the bomb threats against jews." "She lives in nyc and is making more bomb threats tomorrow," the email said, according to a criminal complaint. The ADL then received a phone call the next day claiming a bomb was inside its Manhattan office.
The poltroons at DNAinfo Chicago have yet to report on its ex-reporter's arrest. Its lead story at 10:00pm CST is about a truck getting stuck under a Northwest Side viaduct.

It's sickening how some so-called journalistic outlets ignore controversies involving themselves. Thompson's arrest is a national news story, unlike the the viaduct inconvenience. There is news, fake news, and with DNAinfo Chicago, no news.

At least The Intercept has the fortitude to inform its readers about its former reporter's arrest.
We were horrified to learn this morning that Juan Thompson, a former employee of The Intercept, has been arrested in connection with bomb threats against the ADL and multiple Jewish Community Centers in addition to cyberstalking. These actions are heinous and should be fully investigated and prosecuted. We have no information about the charges against Thompson other than what is included in the criminal complaint. Thompson worked for The Intercept from November 2014 to January 2016, when he was fired after we discovered that he had fabricated sources and quotes in his articles.
Here is the log--which may be scrubbed soon--of Thompson's articles at DNAinfo Chicago.

Oh, DNAinfo Chicago's Twitter feed is a Juan Thompson-free zone.

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