Newtown Conspiracy Theory: Prof. James Tracy Stands By Outrageous Claim That Sandy Hook Shooting Never Happened
A Newtown conspiracy theory constructed by professor James Tracy suggesting that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never happened the way the media says it did is drawing a great deal of anger from people across the country. Yet, just because people are upset about the Newtown conspiracy theory, doesn't mean prof. James Tracy is backing down -- in fact, he's standing behind his theory more than ever.
James Tracy, the prof. who authored the Newtown conspiracy theory, wrote a lengthy blog post on the why the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting never occurred the way the media reported. The prof. states that Newtown didn't happen and discusses what he sees as inconsistencies in the official report. He concludes his analysis by blaming President Obama and calling the shooting a "training exercise" and a planned event to sway the country on gun rights.
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"As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends," he wrote in his blog post.
Peter Schaller, a reporter for Florida's CBS12, confronted James Tracy, the Newtown conspiracy theory author, and asked him about his controversial theory.
"You had 20 families that were mourning ... that had to bury their children ... are you concerned about that at all?" Schaller asked the Newtown conspiracy theory author, according to CBS12.
"Well, I think the whole country mourned about Sandy Hook, but yet again the investigation that journalistic institutions should have carried out, never took place in my opinion," prof. James Tracy responded "I think as a society we need to look at things more carefully. Perhaps, we as a society, have been conditioned to be duped."
Despite the controversial nature of the Newtown conspiracy theory, at least one person is defending James Tracy.
"James Tracy isn't promoting a 'conspiracy' theory regarding Sandy Hook, but rather saying the mainstream media distorts the news and doesn't follow up on important questions," Peter Phillips, president of the Media Freedom Foundation and Project Censored, told Yahoo! News. "There were reports of more than one shooter in the Sandy Hook case. Tracy is not denying that it happened, but he is saying that when such events do happen it is the responsibility of the media to fully investigate all aspects of the story and not just sensationalize the tragedy."
In a statement to Yahoo! News, Florida Atlantic University, the employer of the tenured Newtown conspiracy theory author, said the remarks of James Tracy do not reflect the sentiments of the university.
"I want to make it clear that those views and opinions are not shared by Florida Atlantic University, and I am personally saddened by any media stories that have added to the pain felt by the victims' families," Mary Jane Saunders, the president of Florida Atlantic University, said. "FAU joins the entire nation and people around the world in feeling profound grief for the lives lost on that awful day."
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