Last night, terror expert Steve Emerson told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national who was a “person of interest” in connection to the Boston Marathon bombings, would be deported on Tuesday.
This morning, Glenn Beck’s news network TheBlaze got on the case — aggressively.
Citing sources, Beck reported on his radio show Thursday morning that Ali Alharbi was connected to an important Saudi family and was being deported for “security and related grounds.”
Beck, dismayed by the lack of mainstream media pickup of their story, urged listeners to spread it on social media while they kept after government officials for more information.
#Boston Saudi student suspect Obama is HELPING to leave country HAS REOCRD Of being deported as HAVING TERRORIST TIES. Listen @glennbeck— SLSTCP
RT @DRUDGE_REPORT: REPORT: Saudi Student — ‘Person of Interest’ in Boston Bombings — To Be Deported… http://t.co/4fhhtqfVFd— Alex Jones
Hello MSM? @theblaze and @worldnetdaily only ones covering huge story that Saudi person of interest may be deported http://t.co/LtjUdoXvAq— Erick Stakelbeck
Total shock. Saudi student hurt in Boston bombing not being deported http://t.co/XQa1hvFySQ @RepJeffDuncan @TheBlaze @PamelaGeller #p2 #tcot— FreedomWorks Panda
Lying lies & lying #LIARS @DHSgov @DOJgov @BarackObama @WhiteHouse! #Saudi National To Be Deported on â€˜Securityâ€™ http://t.co/oi8ZyPUEyN #sgp— Nicki Willis
Then, at around 10:45 a.m., Cheatwood announced on the air that one of his reporters had told him that the government was now considering not deporting Ali Alharbi. Beck declared victory:
“Hopefull, we’ve just shut the engines down on a jet. That didn’t happen after 9-11. We’ve learned since 9-11. The government, apparently, hasn’t.”
Unfortunately for Beck and The Blaze, to story was inaccurate. First, a senior law enforcement official told BuzzFeed that the rumor was false.
“We do have a Saudi in ICE custody…He is not related in any way to the investigation into the bombing. He’s not in any way related to this investigation.”
As of 3:53 p.m. the rumor was still The Blaze’s top story, but it had a sidebar headline that read, ICE OFFICIAL RESPONDS TO BLAZE REPORT: ‘CATEGORICALLY FALSE’
The Hill then confirmed with administration officials that the rumor was false, as did CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Just speculation, but this GIF probably represents most of TheBlaze employees right now:
- At least three people – including a police officer – died in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. The suspect is in police custody. ›
- At least 15 people were killed after a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite Muslim procession of hundreds of people in Nigeria. ›
- And how well do you know what happened in the news this week? Take our quiz. ›