CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, the reporter currently under fire for threatening to dox the alleged creator of President Donald Trump’s infamous WWE video, once spread false information about a man being a terrorist, after which said man killed himself.

According to a New York Times article from 2013, in April of that year – on the day of the Boston Marathon bombings – a man by the name of Greg Hughes tweeted, “BPD scanner has identified the names. Suspect 1: Mike Mulugeta. Suspect 2: Sunil Tripathi.”

Of course, neither actually turned out to be the bomber in question.

Still – despite the unverified nature of Hughes’ claim – a journalist by the name of Kevin Galliford proceeded to share those names.

The New York Times states that Kaczynski – who was working for BuzzFeed at the time – proceeded to share the information himself, along with the words, “Wow Reddit was right about the missing Brown student per the police scanner. Suspect identified as Sunil Tripathi.”

According to The New York Times, Reddit users came to identify Tripathi after claiming there was a resemblance between him (right side) and the suspect. This appears to be where Hughes got the information from, as opposed to a police scanner. According to The Atlantic, Tripathi’s name had never even been mentioned on the scanner.

Kaczynski’s 81,000 followers quickly latched onto the information and it spread, with journalists and civilians alike accepting the Kaczynski-approved Reddit theory that Tripathi – who had been suffering from depression and disappeared a full month before the bombing – was the suspect.

Of course, he wasn’t. But despite the fact that police hadn’t identified Tripathi as a suspect, journalists and civilians alike took the dubious information for truth and began bombarding the Tripathi family with phone calls and messages.

By the time the actual bombing suspects were identified, The New York Times reports that Tripathi’s body had been discovered in a river.

The cause of death was suicide.

According to The New York Times, Kaczynski subsequently “deleted his incriminating tweets” and carried on like normal, writing a post-mortem of the incident for BuzzFeed that contained no mention of his involvement in spreading the falsehood about Tripathi.

As Mike Cernovich puts it, “Kaczynski did not merely spread minor fake news. He ruined a young man’s life by falsely accusing him of a horrific act of terrorism.”

Interestingly enough, Kaczynski – who now works for CNN – is currently going around accusing other people of sharing false information on Twitter and failing to provide corrections.

Sources:
New York Times
Mike Cernovich, Medium
The Atlantic

 

  • Teadermin

    CNN is like a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Everywhere you look, there’s some scene of horror, depravity, or suffering you didn’t notice before.

  • Dudley Morris

    Kaczynski, eh? How’s his bro Ted doing these days?

    • Pröksié SteelyDanzig Shürvaar

      Professor Theodore?

  • Nikk Person

    Greg Hughes as in Opie?

  • Nine Inch Nail

    Nothing anyone does at Buzz(bullshit)Feed surprises me anymore.

  • LilWolfy

    Who was it that started the lie that Congressman Scalise was giving a speech for the KKK?

  • Tony

    Well shit….

  • memphis

    Kind of fits the CNN profile

  • annabeee

    He’s got a placed reserved for him in Hell.

  • AverageJoe1987

    The guy is a piece of trash, and so is CNN.

    Hit their advertisers and I really think it’s time for CNN to lose it’s press pass for good in the White House. They aren’t the news. They haven’t been since they spent 8 years being Obama’s PR firm. Now they are threatening private citizens just for making a silly GIF about them.

    These are the same people who called Kathy Griffin holding a fake severed Trump head and a play depicting Trump getting assassinated “art.” Now they try to destroy someone over a GIF? A GIF that depicts a moment from a fake wrestling match on a fake wrestling show? A clip from a decade ago to boot.

    CNN is trash, and so is anyone who still supports them.

  • Emily Lance

    Please don’t lynch him!

  • Holly Hayes

    This article isn’t factual. Tripathi had actually committed suicide before he was even identified as a potential suspect.

    • Naiya Cassidy

      The family was still harassed though.

      • Thats_news

        Good point Naiya Cassidy.

        So, the fact that his reputation was blackened and his family was harassed whilst he was missing doesn’t bother the naysayers in the slightest?

        That’s sick.

  • dana daddee

    these liberals are dangerous… they really don’t care about anyone or anything except their false narratives.

  • Timothy B Sarver

    What a whiny little bitch. THIS right here is why we fucking HATE liberals. They’re duplicitous assholes. They’re so god damn arrogant, they get away with everything they accuse their opposition of. Finally everyone is seeing their true colors. It’s been one ridiculous story after another.

  • Nathan Stewart

    If this bears out, then CNN has no safe harbor in the event of criminal and/or civil proceedings..

  • Joe Cue

    Soo can we tie this cunt up in the streets for public judgment or do we need bring back the guillotine?

    • Brenda Turner

      No, no guillotine the Democrats have them stashed all over the US to start using on us as soon as CNN conquered the world with their lies. Unfortunately they did not have us as dumbed down as they thought. One more generation and they would have had it for themselves. So God stepped in we are the generation of the fig tree. The last one.

  • JimH69

    Tell me again why someone hasn’t shared sh!tbird Galliford’s address yet???

  • Jean-Eustache De La Villardièr

    Someone must kill him.

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Stop spreading bullshit to try back to being relevant Milo.

    The police confirmed he was already dead before the bombings happened.
    he was missing for several days before.

    andrew Kaczynski is a scumbag, but this death had nothing to do with him,

    • I just researched this myself, and you’re 100 percent accurate. The guy went missing on March 16, 2013, a month before the bombings. I hate to say it, as I’m a YUGE MILO fan, but this whole story is fake news.

  • candice baron

    Thanks Milo this creep at CNN deserves to be exposed

  • captainsgirl

    Drove a man to suicide! If I had done that, I’d quit that job and got out of the limelight. That would never go right with me. I’d start life over somewhere else out of the public eye. Andrew does not have a good conscience or that’s what he’d do.

    • sosumi idk

      Maybe that’s why you don’t work for CNN?

  • Lyndel Beckwith

    Apparently Kaczynski has a history of irresponsible reporting combined with public bullying. It’s time this azzhole found a new profession. I’m thinking crash test dummy!

    • rafdelatorre

      I’m thinking everyone’s ho in the Big House.

  • lurker

    i want to sing “Death on Two Legs” as an ode to CNN

  • john Diamond

    Why is the left so hateful these days? It really is shocking

  • wpolo02
  • Haramarama

    He wanted to do the same with the Trump meme person.

  • Alex Delarge
    • Joe Blow

      Feel free to self terminate, scumbag

      • Alex Delarge

        Heil Hitler, Joe Blowjob.

        • Joe Blow

          I am so impressed with some pea brained Internet sturmbannfuhrer

  • Kuchizuke No Ookami Shonen

    Destroy his fucking life as he destroyed the life of 2 youg men
    Just spread what he did, so he get publicly lynched and fired
    And maybe he’ll kill himself, i’m not incitating, but i’d be glad that such horrible being would die

  • Hammer_Dog

    Given that the victim was suicidal and depressed prior to the bombing (and K’s tweets), it’s not clear that you can say Kaczynski “drove” him to suicide. Honestly Milo, that sounds pretty fakey. When was the time of death?

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      He was missing at least a month before the bombing and police said he was dead
      at least a couple weeks before as well.

      Milo is trying to be relevant again.

      • Hammer_Dog

        I think Milo is great, but went overboard on this

  • Hiya

    Hey, this sounds like libel. There’s no evidence that any of the post-Boston-bombings claims affected Sunil or, indeed, even reached him. He may have died beforehand. Asserting that someone is responsible for the death of another person without evidence could easily become defamation with even a cursory Google search about Sunil’s death.

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      Police confirmed he was dead several weeks before the bombing.

      Milo is just desperate to become relevant again

      • Joe Blow

        If that is true, then Milo is really sinking fast

        • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

          It is true.

          Look it up, it blew up in the media when Reddit first named him
          and then his body was found and investigation was done.

          • Joe Blow

            I have no doubt you are correct

          • Joe Blow

            I see, Milo is really being a bitch about this. The guy sucks regardless but why pile lies on him

          • Joe Blow

            I have lost some respect for Milo. I don’t mind his antics but honesty is a must

  • William Harkness

    The Screwtape letters…..?

  • Mr. Sarcasm

    Come on guys, they would do the same to Obama….

  • ScottAg83

    Liars lie, cheaters cheat and journalist journal.

  • arla

    Wow. Fuck this guy. I’ve been saying this since I found out he threatened a FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD BOY… But SERIOUSLY. FUCK. THIS. GUY.

  • Samuel Alterio

    Can someone fake tweet this guy to suicide?
    Oh wait, he’d have to have a sliver of humanity to feel responsible for his actions and CNN doesn’t hire anyone with a conscious.

  • Katrina

    Imagine what the family of this suicidal kid went through. First he was missing for weeks, then accused of the terrorist attack. Harrassment and calls from the press, the whole nine yards. It must have been a nightmare. Then they find his body and they have his death to deal with. The whole suicide thing is horrible enough for any family. Then thanks to a reporter who would rather promote himself rather than verify facts, they have to deal with vultures from press on the wrong trail.
    No doubt Andrew Kaczynski’s unethical behavior was a big plus for getting hired at CNN. An honest, ethical journalist couldn’t make it there.