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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:10 PM

UPDATE: NY Post admits Ryan Lanza Facebook "interview" was a fake

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UPDATE: Candice M. Giove, the New York Post's assigned reporter to smear the Occupy Wall Street protests (http://gawker.com/5856859/reporter-survives-near+death-experience-a-night-at-occupy-wall-street), tries to weasel out of her Ryan Lanza hoax, claiming she was punked by an imposter: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/killer_bro_miss_him_UBnKkkMyeD6oCL13RIWiAL

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Previously: The NY Post (exemplar of quality journalism) reported that it had a Facebook chat with Ryan Lanza, older brother of Newtown mass murderer Adam Lanza:



http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/killer_bro_miss_him_UBnKkkMyeD6oCL13RIWiAL

Ryan Lanza mourns Newtown shooter sibling and mom, claims he's a victim

By CANDICE M. GIOVE
Last Updated: 12:51 PM, December 23, 2012
Posted: 1:25 AM, December 23, 2012

Newtown killer Adam Lanza, who shot dead his mother, six other adults and 20 children, is badly missed by his brother.

I am a victim, Ryan Lanza, 24, told The Post yesterday in a Facebook chat. I loss my mom and brother.

In a Facebook photo tribute, Ryan Lanza shared a smiling image of his younger brother, Adam (top photo), lounging in a long-sleeved shirt and a pullover tee.

R.I.P., he wrote.

I will miss you bro. I will always love you as long as I live, Lanza posted.


There's only one problem with this: Ryan Lanza's Facebook profile has been disabled since December 14. The two photos of his brother and mother? Common images already posted by news sources on the Web since last week. If the NY Post really did have some sort of Facebook chat with "Ryan Lanza", it was with a fake Ryan Lanza.

Stupidly enough, the Post's story has been picked up and regurgitated as fact by a host of other websites, including even the Huffington Post and the Telegraph UK.

Gossip site TMZ has, of course, also posted this hoax story. But if you're dumb enough to read TMZ, you should be given a pass in believing the NY Post story to be true.

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Reply UPDATE: NY Post admits Ryan Lanza Facebook "interview" was a fake (Original post)
brentspeak Dec 2012 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2012 #1
Warpy Dec 2012 #2
Jennicut Dec 2012 #12
Nay Dec 2012 #5
LisaL Dec 2012 #3
Drunken Irishman Dec 2012 #9
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #4
brentspeak Dec 2012 #6
The Velveteen Ocelot Dec 2012 #7
Catherina Dec 2012 #8
11 Bravo Dec 2012 #10
alp227 Dec 2012 #11
Beaverhausen Dec 2012 #13

Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:17 PM

1. I suspected as much.

The bad spelling and grammar, among other things, made it seem suspicious. Ryan Lanza is a college graduate - not that all college graduates are perfect spellers, but this stuff seemed remarkably illiterate for someone with a college education.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:21 PM

2. I've known some bible grads from the rural south

who were exactly this bad, but it's out of character for upper middle class western Connecticut.

He'd have had to work at it to become this illiterate.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:25 PM

12. Way out of character for upper middle class Connecticut.

I know, it's where I grew up. And to drag Ryan Lanza into this is total crap. He had absolutely nothing to do with what his brother did.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:13 PM

5. I had hoped that the real Ryan had much better grammar and spelling, esp considering his

private school education. It was indeed illiterate for someone with his education.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:25 PM

3. I don't think the image is actually that of Adam.

It was on Ryan's facebook page. I think this is actually Ryan when he was younger.

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Response to LisaL (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:30 PM

9. I think so too...

When this was all developing last Friday, I snooped (I'm sure I wasn't the only one) when the name was released and found Ryan's Facebook page - that photo was uploaded to it long before his profile was taken down.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:00 PM

4. the hoax thread got more responses than yours, too.

 

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:27 PM

6. UPDATE: NY Post admits Ryan Lanza "interview" was a fake

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Response to brentspeak (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:35 PM

7. Quelle surprise. The NY Post is such a rag.

It isn't worthy to be used to line a bird cage.

He ought to sue those sleazy fuckers.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 04:51 PM

8. To quote Velveteen Ocelot, "Quelle surprise" n/t

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:55 PM

10. WOW! A Murdoch "journalistic" enterprise if totally full of shit?

I am STUNNED!

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 06:19 PM

11. ...



Sadly I've heard even some here fell for the hoax.

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Response to brentspeak (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:53 PM

13. Kick so people see this.

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