Thursday, October 20, 2005

More on John Loftus

Subject: Subject: RE: Is London Bombing Leader Haroon Rashid Aswat A Double Agent For MI6?

I recently came across an article on your site which mentions John Loftus as the primary source. I thought you might like to know that Mr. Loftus' credibility and ethical standing has come under scrutiny.

The URL is:

On August 7, 2005, on Fox News' "Inside Scoop with John Loftus" he gave out the home address of an Orange County CA home, claiming it was the residence of a known terrorist.

The couple, who have no known ties to terrorism, have been harassed and their home vandalized. The local police have stationed a squad car outside their home to protect them 24 /7.

The "suspected" terrorist moved out of the home three years before the broadcast.

John Loftus has demonstrated a singular disregard for accuracy and public safety. His actions seemed geared towards inciting mob violence and the public lynching of innocent people.

I would avoid him in the future, as his lack of ethical standards and inability to distinguish truth from fiction will mar any article in which he is used as a source. His name will bring into question the accuracy and credibility of those who reference him.

As of this writing, FOX news has offered a one line apology in one online publication, Loftus has posted an apology to his web site, and he's sent an e-mail apologizing for his actions to the family.

FOX news has not published or aired a retraction or apology that even comes to the kind of exposure the original threat received.

Because of his reckless and dangerous behavior, I'm encouraging others to stop giving this dangerous and highly unstable man a forum. Any statements from Mr. Loftus are unlikely to "send shockwaves around the world" as he has demonstrated that reality and accuracy are not considerations when he says or writes anything. A growing number of people are realizing that Mr. Loftus is not a reliable source, but a fountain of misinformation. Only those more interested in sensationalism than accuracy should use him as a source.


Of course, the above e-mail bounced back when I sent it to the address listed on their site, which is also the address in their whois data.

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

Technical details of permanent failure:
PERM_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 9): 503 This mail server requires authentication when attempting to send to a non-local e-mail address. Please check your mail client settings or contact your administrator to verify that the domain or address is defined for this server.

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