The Arrival of Sandy Hook Shooting “Truthers”
Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings occurred and were carried out by Adam Lanza, I suppose it was only a matter of time before conspiracy theorists decided to make blood money off of the Newton, Connecticut tragedy. A recent Salon.com news story outlines a comical yet simultaneously repulsive scenario offered by none other than conspiracy theologian Alex Jones and James Tracy who is a professor of media history at Florida Atlantic University. The Salon report states:
In the latest angle, theorists think they have found “absolute proof” of a conspiracy to defraud the American people. “You reported in December that this little girl had been killed,” a reader emailed Salon in response to a story. “She has been found, and photographed with President Obama.”
The girl in question is Emilie Parker, a 6-year-old who was shot multiple times and killed at Sandy Hook. But for conspiracy theorists, the tears her family shed at her funeral, the moving eulogy from Utah’s governor, and the entire shooting spree are fake.
It gets better:
The crux of the theory is a photograph of Parker’s sister sitting on President Obama’s lap when he visited with the victims’ families. The girl is wearing the same dress Emilie wore in a pre-shooting photograph of the family shared with media, so she must be Emilie, alive and well. “BAM! I cannot believe how idiot these people are [sic]… That’s her,” one YouTuber exclaims as he watches the two images superimposed on each other. (Apparently missed by these crack investigators is the possibility that the sister wore Emilie’s dress and that they look alike because they are sisters, after all.)
The Daily Caller reports that not only does James Tracy believe that the Sandy Hook shootings didn’t happen, but a Dr. James H. Fetzer who is a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth has also come forward. As opposed to Tracy who denies the shooting occurred, Fetzer states that Israel’s international intelligence agency, MOSSAD, conducted the carnage.
According the The Caller, in late December Fetzer authored an opinion piece published at the English language section of Iranian state-owned television’s website (PressTV). Yet as The Daily Caller points out, both Tracy and Fetzer are on record as doubting not only Sandy Hook but other major incidents such as the John F Kennedy assassination, the Word Trade Center terrorist attacks, and the movie theater mass shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado.
It is unfortunate that such speculative mythology is taken seriously and with gross credulity by the curious wishing to know more details of such unfortunate instances and yet many can get taken in by such conjecture. The worst part about it is that conspiracy theories have been disseminated to the point where many are taken as truth despite evidence to the contrary.
There is nothing wrong with doubting the official version of events. However, what must be kept in mind is that clearing houses for such thought (like Infowars) seek to make money or publicity off of the fears of others. In terms of people like Alex Jones, David Icke, James Tracy, or even David Fetzer, they are nothing more than publicity-hungry leeches who seek to achieve fame and possibly even fortune not only off of people’s fears but also from well-known calamities.