And yes, he is, and who after all am I to fault anyone for snark?
But in this particular instance, we ought not forget that the central point about Jim Hoft -- the crucial fact about Jim Hoft -- is not that he is stupid.
It's that he's an asshole.
Mr. J. M. God:
Multiple right wing sites such as Free Republic, Townhall, and Gateway Pundit are today posting information from the Facebook page
of a 20 year-old Saudi national whom they claim is being "guarded by
federal agents" in a Boston hospital as a "person of interest" in the
Boston bombings. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies continue to
say that they have no one in custody and no suspects.
Commenters on Free Republic and elsewhere are declaring that this "person of interest" is a gay or bisexual man, citing his posted interested in "men and women" and noting that he vacationed in Key West three months ago and has "liked" the Ellen Degeneres Show. Many of the photos at the Facebook page feature flowers and shots of an amusement park.
See, what happened when the New York Post (!) decided they wanted a Journalistic Scoop is that they found this kid, saw the word "Saudi," and ran with it...
... and this gave licence to every wingnut Creeper to mastubate themselves into the belief that it was their Sworn Duty as Patriots to find out everything they possibly could about the kid (he's 20!) and puke it onto the Internet.
That Free Republic thread is a perfect specimen of its kind. Scientists collect intestinal worms and fouler things.
The bigotry is obvious, but this is the bit I want to isolate:
So everything about this kid that can possibly be discovered online has been discovered online, a lot of stuff that isn't true about this kid has now become Immutable Wingnut Folklore, and anyone he ever friended on Facebook is getting the same business, as likely are lots of people he never knew but who are now Prime Suspects to Wingnuts because they're crazy.
And then Jim Hoft, with his Update.
UPDATE: FOX News reported that the Saudi man is not a suspect in the blast.
This, hours after his Facebook pictures have been spread far and wide.
I know nothing about this kid, except his name, and age, and a lot of shit I shouldn't. Like the records of the people in his apartment building.
He is apparently a witness. And a victim. He's in the hospital.
Hey, GOOD ONE PATRIOTS, for widely and dickishly going after him because he may be gay or bisexual based on his Facebook page --
because that is exactly what a young Saudi needs to learn about American Freedom --
walk down the wrong street in America, you might get randomly blown up, perhaps by the same assholes you thought you'd at least temporarily escaped--
and then have thousands of smug Patriotic Shits comb through whatever you ever did online in order to make everyone both here and at home utterly despise you and want you dead--
based on glib assessments of who you really are.
Oh what a shining Beacon of Freedom you have lit, Patriots!