October 28, 2007

Fake CNN news site blames Cali fires on radical Hispanic separatists

A tip via the Newsbusters tip line:

Whose behind this crap? Check it out:

Radical Hispanic separatist organization MEChA ("Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan") is taking responsibility for setting the wildfires in California, confimed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

California officials received a letter earlier today containing photographs of individuals holding Molotov cocktails, then throwing them into dry brush. The faces of the individuals appeared to have been digitally distorted.

Also included was a rambling manifesto, stating that the reason for the act of arson was that "Aztlán belongs to indigenous people, the Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán. We are sovereign and not subject to a foreign culture."

You'd have to be sharp-eyed to notice the URL difference -- the fake site's is www.cnnheadlienews.com. But even if that managed to get by you, clicking most of the links doesn't get you anywhere, just a "Not Found" page. But again, who's behind this nonsense? Some far-reactionary anti-immigrant outfit? Or is it another instance of a do-it-yourself-and-then-demand-a-hate crime-investigation bit?

UPDATE: Our Newsbuster tipster did a little checking and discovered that an apparent company called Bleachboy Heavy Manufacturing in Nashville, TN owns the domain "CNNHEADLIENEWS.COM."

UPDATE 2: Americans for Legal Immigration and Patterico have the goods on this Bleach Boy "company." It looks like the "owner" is just some lefty web-designing nut.

Posted by Hube at October 28, 2007 01:58 PM | TrackBack

Comments  (We reserve the right to edit and/or delete any comments. If your comment is blocked or won't post, e-mail us and we'll post it for you.)

Whoever did it deserves all the condemnation and scorn we can heap upon them.

I'm as opposed to illegal immigration as anyone, but find this fraud disgusting.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at October 28, 2007 04:01 PM

I believe satire doesn't involve blatantly copying logos, links, and usually involves something funny. Sites like The Onion are satire.

Nice try, though.

Posted by: Hube at October 28, 2007 05:34 PM

Oops, I accidentally deleted a comment after RwR's that said "It's called satire." That's what my comment above addresses. FYI.

Posted by: Hube at October 29, 2007 03:18 PM