In an uncharacteristically honest move, CNN is backing up conservative journalist Laura Loomer‘s reporting from a month ago in which she exposed a phony hate crime narrative in California.
On August 28th, Loomer, at the time a journalist with Rebel Media, broke the story that in October of 2016, then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris wrongfully charged a Trump supporter for making threatening phone calls to the Islamic Center of Southern California the previous month. Harris’s office, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department, arrested Mark Feigin, a real estate agent, Uber driver, and gun owner with a history of criticizing Islam on Facebook. The Rebel posted an exclusive 14-minute video on YouTube providing exculpatory evidence that Feigin was framed for this “hate crime,” and also suggesting the perpetrator was actually Michael Slawson, the son of John Slawson, a prominent Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge who was appointed by Democrat Governor Jerry Brown.
Authorities have now identified Slawson as the man behind one of the phone calls, and police have said they believe all of the phone calls were made by the same person, seemingly exonerating Feigin of any involvement. Nonetheless, the State of California, LAPD, and CAIR all continue to insist on Feigin’s guilt, choosing to ignore the newly revealed facts of the case.
But even CNN is now confirming Loomer was right, and that it does indeed appear overzealous California prosecutors railroaded Feigin and are now refusing to drop the charges in light of “dwindling and contradictory evidence.” In a video put out today titled “Hate crime whodunit: He posted hateful words — but did he threaten mosque?”, Scott Glover of CNN Investigates corroborates Loomer’s original reporting, albeit without crediting her – save for a line mentioning how “A Canadian conservative site called The Rebel posted a video last month detailing recent developments in Feigin’s case.”
Credit where it's due@LauraLoomer broke this story
AND credit to CNN for covering this important story.https://t.co/LgTKvkjv5E
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) September 29, 2017
Loomer spent approximately two months combing through court records, interviewing people involved in and familiar with the case, and was the first journalist to uncover this gross miscarriage of justice. “I commend investigative reporter Scott Glover and CNN , a left-wing mainstream media outlet for covering a hate crime hoax story that has destroyed the life of California Trump supporter Mark Feigin,” Loomer told GotNews. While she is grateful CNN has picked the story up, Loomer took issue with the network passing off her exclusive reporting as its own. “However, CNN has once again displayed a lack of journalistic integrity in the way they took credit for a story I exclusively broke over one month ago,” Loomer continued.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) September 29, 2017
— Mark Feigin (@milosz_feigin) September 29, 2017
“Mr. Feigin’s story is a classic example of the persecution and outright witchhunt conservatives in America continue to face as Democratic politicians abuse their power, with the help of law enforcement, to quell speech they disagree with in order to advance their own political agendas. These are the same liberal politicians whom CNN continues to aid and abet by giving them access to a mainstream platform,” Loomer explained.
You can help support Feigin’s fight back against Kamala Harris’ political persecution at FreeStartr.com.
Loomer, who has previously worked at Project Veritas, an organization with a history of exposing CNN as fake news, didn’t mince words with her criticism of the network’s tactics. Her full statement continues: “Feigin’s story, which I spent months investigating and producing should have been properly attributed. As a conservative investigative journalist whom CNN has previously defamed as being ‘Fake News,’ I implore CNN to decide whether or not conservative alternative media such as Project Veritas and the Rebel Media are in fact ‘fake news,’ especially if CNN plans on continuing their business model of claiming the work and labor of others as their own. With responsible and ethical journalism, we can all work together to make sure that Mark Feigin receives the justice he deserves and that Kamala Harris, LAPD, and CAIR are held accountable for their disgraceful attack on an innocent Trump supporter and the First Amendment. I hope my investigation helps exonerate Mr. Feigin of the hate crime he has been wrongfully accused of. I will also be eagerly awaiting to see whether or not the state of California pays damages to Mr. Feigin in what I foresee to be a massive lawsuit for prosecutorial negligence.”
Stay tuned for more.
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