I feel exhausted after a long week and you probably do too. But I want to put something on your radar. Because there’s more going on here. 1 week ago New York Post went to town with a story made for Fox groups of veterans who were kicked out of hotels about an hour north of New York to make room for migrants. As I said, this was done for Fox News: these disabled or impoverished American veterans were kicked to the sidelines to make room for migrants without permission to stay in the country. Politicians picked up on this story. The post office published it. He made a detour of the winged nut sphere. Fox of course got on board.
But none of this was true. And I don’t just mean untruth in the sense that it is misleading, incomplete, embellished or exaggerated. It was a hoax. Sharon Tony-Finch, founder and head of a small local non-profit organization YIT Foundation which deals with the issue of veterans and premature births (?), was the source of the original story. But it turns out she recruited a group of 15 homeless people from a local shelter to pose as veterans and speak to the press about their grief.
A group of homeless people explained to reporters what happened, and Tony-Finch has now apparently admitted that she made it all up, but is not yet registered for reporters. To top it all off, Tony-Finch didn’t even pay the homeless the $200 a piece she promised to take part in the scam.
The prank report leaves the impression that Tony-Finch may have been colluding with the head of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Heather Bell-Meyerthough it’s not entirely clear if she or another person fooled by Tony-Finch was involved.
Republican State Assemblyman Brian Maher played a key role in bringing the story to the attention. But he appears to have been legitimately deceived and may have played some role in uncovering the deception.
The key point is that this was all a hoax, with the express purpose of creating the same kind of media spectacle that was unfolding in the right-wing press as part of an alleged national immigration crisis. Even post now was forced to cut the bait and report the Tony Finch prank. The details of what happened are a bit confusing. So what’s the best way to go latest report from local newspaper The Mid-Hudson News, which ran this story with lots of coverage of leather boots. Eat additional reporting See this Albany Times-Union article.
Here is the part that caught my attention. In a way, the story is told. This story was a hoax, and Tony-Finch made it all up. But what exactly is the interest of a small non-profit community in doing something like this? People are weird, of course. They do all sorts of weird things. For political reasons. For attention. There will always be someone who will scrawl the letter B on her cheek backwards. But then again, what is the interest of this woman and this non-profit organization in fueling a national political storm related to immigration policy?
The simplest explanation, I think, is that they do work for veterans. And since the alleged sponsor of the fake veterans was the YIT Foundation, this would be advertising for the foundation. But it seems like a stretch. It seems much more likely that someone or some organization with a national or national political motives there would be clearer motives for going to all this trouble. Some, I’m not sure we got to the bottom of this story.