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Gay Girl in Damascus: Tom MacMaster defends blog hoax

Posted by musliminsuffer on June 14, 2011

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Gay Girl in Damascus: Tom MacMaster defends blog hoax

Image from the Facebook group, Free Syrian blogger Amina Arraf
An online campaign was launched to secure “Amina’s” release after the blog told of her arrest

The student behind a hoax blog which claimed to be written by a gay woman in Syria has defended his actions.

Tom MacMaster, a US student at the University of Edinburgh, said the blog had been a fiction – but that the facts it contained were true.

The 40-year-old married man’s blog, A Gay Girl in Damascus, described life in the Syrian city amid the current political unrest.

It gained a worldwide readership and was closely followed by news reporters.

The blog, dating back to February this year, claimed to document the life of 25-year-old Amina Abdallah Arraf al-Omari, a half-Syrian, half-American lesbian living in Damascus.

Entries covered her social life and relationships, but “Amina” also criticised President Bashar al-Assad and spoke about her role in the growing anti-government protests.

Tom MacMaster’s excuse for this hoax is that he “meant well” and the fact that it was a hoax should not lead us to conclude that the issues raised by the hoax are not real. Tom is, of course, clearly unrepentant and scrambling to protect the “Let’s start war in Syria” agenda. Tom MacMaster apologizes for harming the cause, yet insists the cause, selling another war in Syria, is just.

Media networks, ever obeisant to Israel, were gobbling this story feed from the blog and presenting it as real without question and without confirmation. Only the blogs expressed what in hindsight were well-founded suspicions.

The question now is how many other hoax stories the media still present to public as real, without question and without confirmation?


-muslim voice-

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