Pamela Geller turns Hollywood shooting tragedy into an Islamophobic hate fest

Pamela Geller UndeadOn Friday, there was a tragic incident in Hollywood, California. A man began shooting people randomly near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, and injured two men, one critically, before he was finally shot and killed by police.

Pamela Geller had an article online right away titled HOLLYWOOD JIHAD: SHOOTOUT, GUNMAN CALMLY TARGETED DRIVERS AND PEOPLE WHILE SHOUTING ALLAHU AKBAR! She said in her lede: “What is most disturbing about this story, apart from the obvious horror, is that not one news account reported what one witness said the shooter was screaming: ‘allahu akbar.’ Not one news account. The media is the enemy.”

The initial local news video about the incident did include one witness saying that the shooter shouted “Allahu Akbar!” but at this point no other witness has confirmed that. Whether or not that one witness was accurate about what he thought he heard, no one yet knows, and none of the cell phone videos of the incident as it happened at this point confirm this allegation. Other witnesses said that they heard the shooter shout “Is this the end?” and “kill me” and “I’m gonna die” during the rampage. Witnesses also identified the shooter variously as “white” and as “hispanic”.

Of course, as soon as Geller posted her story, the Islamophobic echo chamber reposted her story with their own sensational headlines. Geller’s partner Robert Spencer posted his own article referring to Geller. Sheikh Yermami called it “Hollywood Jihad”, Bare Naked Islam called it “Sudden Jihad Syndrome”. Debbie Schlussel called it a “terrorist attack”. Free Republic re-posted, Creeping Sharia  re-posted. Even the Grant County Tea Party sitere-posted Geller’s article. Gateway Pundit said “Once again the media hid the truth from the American public.” The Muslims are Terrorists site posted the headline “Muslim goes on shooting spree in Hollywood! Shouts allah akbar, media omits that detail to protect jihadists!” with the lede “Thankfully one less muslim is wandering the streets tonight!”

The American Muslim, 11 December 2011