Breitbart say they stand by their story and their editor said that calling their story fake is an example of “fake ‘fake news’”.
Last week, Breitbart published a piece titled, “Revealed: 1,000-Man Mob Attack Police, Set Germany’s Oldest Church Alight on New Year’s Eve.”
The Breitbart article says that, on New Years Eve, the German city of Dortmund saw a crowd of “more than 1,000 men” gather, launch fireworks at the police, and set fire to the roof of St Reinold's church, which is claimed in the article to be the oldest in Germany.
This was apparently one of a number of incidents on the night, including civilians and police officers being attacked with fireworks, groups of “young men from North Africa” intimidating crowds, and a group of Syrians gathering and chanting “Allahu Akbar” in celebration of a cease fire in their country.
The story received a considerable reaction on social media, with it being shared nearly 17,000 times on Facebook.
Many sharing the piece focused on the size of the mob, nationality, and the apparent attack on the church.