Fact Check: Sam Hyde Is NOT Identified As Perpetrator Of Beirut Explosion

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Sam Hyde Is NOT Identified As Perpetrator Of Beirut Explosion Not Sam Hyde

Has Sam Hyde been identified as the person responsible for the massive explosion in Beirut? No, that's not true: Trolls on social media quickly started claiming that Lebanese investigators has identified the right-wing comedian as the "perpitrator" (misspelling is theirs) in the massive blast that hit the Port of Beirut on August 4, 2020. It is an internet tradition in some circles to blame the comedian every time a mass casualty incident happens. Lebanese officials have said the blast was an accident involving thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a port warehouse and there is no indication it was a bombing.

The claim appeared as a meme in a post (archived here) shared on Facebook with the text introduction "They've confrimed it. Hunt this sick dog down." The meme is an image of a fake web news search showing The New York Tims and BBC.com results that read:

Sam Hyde identified as perpitrator of Beirut explosion

The New York Times

5 mins ago

Lebanese police confrim Samuel Hyde is behind the explosion


35 mins ago

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Aug 5 15:51:47 2020 UTC)

Neither The New York Times or the BBC have reported this.

Blaming right-wing comedian Sam Hyde of being the suspect after a mass shooting or other violent event is a strange in-joke that has been going on for years.

Whenever there's a mass shooting, trolls blame comedian Sam Hyde

Sam Hyde is not the perpetrator of a mass shooting. But whenever a shooter strikes and the news reports casualties, trolls race to name Hyde as the culprit. In the worst cases, authorities have been tricked into giving Hyde's name to the press.

Here is more information about Sam Hyde and the infamous "Sam Hyde Is The Shooter" meme originally propagated by 4chan trolls:

Sam Hyde

Sam Hyde is an Internet comedian who co-founded the sketch comedy group Million Dollar Extreme and rose to viral video fame after staging a satirical TEDx talk about wonders of the future at Drexel University in October 2013.

Here are nine other debunk articles published by Lead Stories about Sam Hyde NOT being involved:

Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Shooter In Nicetown, Philadelphia

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Fake News: Sam Hyde Was NOT The Shooter At Christchurch Mosque

Fake News: Sam Hyde NOT The Shooter at Thousand Oaks Borderline Bar & Grill Mass Shooting

Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter

Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Santa Fe High School Shooter

Fake News: Sam Hyde Is NOT The Van Driver In Suspected Toronto Terror Incident

Fake News: Sam Hyde NOT The Active Shooter At YouTube Headquarters

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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