Meet the Sandy Hook truthers

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Theorists think they’ve found “absolute proof” that Newtown was a hoax. Have they no shame?


Yes, there really are Newtown truthers.

But in the crazy world of Sandy Hook conspiracy theories, this one may be the worst yet. (Maybe you’ve already heard some of the others, like the one about fantasy ties between the gunman’s family and the LIBOR banking scandal and a related theory about the Aurora shooting and the “Dark Knight Rises.”) Most of the theories are really pieces of a larger meta-theory: that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, perhaps by the Obama administration, designed to stir demand for gun control.

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. Welcome to the world where Sandy Hook didn’t really happen.

There are dozens of websites, blog posts and YouTube videos extolling the Emilie Parker hoax theory. If you Google her name, the very first result is a post mocking her father for crying at a press conference after the shooting. One popular video, which already has 134,000 views, was made by the producers of a popular 9/11 Truther film. “Just as the movie ‘Operation Terror’ shows the 9/11 attacks were a made-for-TV event, so too were the mass shootings … There can be no doubt that Sandy Hook was a staged event,” the narrator intones. He goes on to say that the adults who participated in the media coverage of the shootings “should be prosecuted as accessories after the fact in a mass murder” — i.e., the parents whose children were murdered in the massacre should be thrown in prison.

Written By: Alex Seitz-Wald
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28 COMMENTS

  1. These people are masters of projection. Everything they accuse others of doing is what they themselves are doing – using the deaths of children for their own ends. They are beneath contempt. I can hardly believe the disgusting depths to which these tinfoil-hat conspiracists are willing to plunge in order to “prove” that Obama is a Muslim Kenyan liberal fascist socialist dictator/king who plans to invoke martial law at any moment, pry their assault weapons from their cold dead hands, and force them all into FEMA re-education camps.
    Whatever happened to the days when assholes like this were marginalized, forced to live alone in the woods running off copies of their crazy manifestos on mimeograph machines and writing letters to the editors of local papers until they were trussed up in backwards coats and hauled off by the men in the white?

  2. I’m with you zeerust2000. I’ve been staring at my blank comment box for twenty minutes, and ibgot nothing. I’m just comforted by the knowledge that this sub-humans won’t ever gain any significant traction. Just let these shitheads burn up their own energy trying to prove something that just isn’t there. Be sure to laugh in their faces regularly, and the rest will take care of itself in time.

  3. I have the deep suspicion, no I actually am quite sure, no I KNOW that the real conspiracy are the truthers themselves. They must be chinese agents, with plastic surgery looking like normal americans, cooking up all these bizare theories in order to let americans look even nuttier than they already were. The proof for this is easy, because they made a big mistake: SandyHookHoax has the SAME NUMBER of LETTERS as FortuneCookie !!!! Got you !!!!

  4. I have just seen some shocking new evidence that all conspiracy theorists and truthers are in fact funded by the propaganda wing of the Islamic terrorist group called the Bishdy Bashdy (Allahu Akbar!).

    Documentation shows that it’s cell in the USA run from Hollywood in LA has been headed by two former actors until now thought dead.

    Hervé Villechaize (Boss, the plane the plane) from Fantasy Island and Bernie Hamilton (Capt Dobey) of Starsky & Hutch fame, run the secret cell from a bar in downtown LA (and were last seen driving a green 4 door sedan). Emails intercepted show that their aim is to un-stabilise rational thought and common sense in the US and Europe.

    There is some evidence that Bishdy Bashdy have been in existence from the late 800s BC and have contained such members as, all the Popes , Arch Bishops, Imams and Lamas. Other members include, everyone who has ever believed everything they are told and Basil Brush (from 70s UK TV).

    Or, this could be a load of old bollocks I have just made up because I have nothing better to do?

  5. My guess is that a lot of computer geeks come on this site. If you have these skills, here is what I’d like for you to do. Find these people. Go on various sites, communicate with them, trace them…and then expose them for the pimply faced, socially inept, immature youngsters which they certainly are.

    By the way, quit saying “only in America.” Don’t be in denial of what happens in your own backyard.

  6. PUKE PUKE PUKE.

    This was last month and these pukes think that the water has been muddied and history is not as it seems. These same pukes will insist that they know exactly what occurred on the other side of the world 2,000 years ago. I said it before, they are walking contradictions but do not seem to notice one bit. ENOUGH ALREADY.

  7. “the adults who participated in the media coverage of the shootings “should be prosecuted as accessories after the fact in a mass murder” — i.e., the parents whose children were murdered in the massacre should be thrown in prison.”

    Isn’t libel a crime? If anybody’s gonna go to prison, it should probably be this ridiculous truther movement.

  8. In reply to #14 by KRKBAB:

    Sorry, but after I found out that there are actually people who think the moon landing was a hoax, NO conspiracy group surprises me anymore.

    Oh I actually fond myself drinking in the company of a moon landing conspiracy theorist. He also believed the New World Order bollocks with the Bohemian Club and Bilderberg Group being conspirators and involved in all sorts of shenanigans. It did not end well.

    Even after pointing out that there are photos of the Apollo 17 lunar rover, wheel tracks from said rover on the surface and the LEM descent base, all taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

    “All part of the conspiracy” he added.

    “What about the mirror on the lunar surface that scientists are bouncing lasers off?”

    “All part of the conspiracy.”

    Facepalm and “get out of my sight, ya feckin’ rocket” was my reply.

    I’m less rational plied with alcohol, as some here can attest to. No amount of evidence is going to convince some people.

  9. Why is the RDF taking part in propagating what essentially amounts to insane fringe elements wacko utterings? Too much importance and attention is given to these kinds of stories, and the people who write them, and the people who pass them on, gain an importance I would bet they would not have had in a medieval hamlet where everyone is accustomed to ignoring the rantings of the village idiot! We have to pay attention to the means as well as the message and not become a part of the fanning of the flames of stupid, useless, arguements. Its part of the reason so many people are convinced they need assault weapons when living in suburban america in the first place.

  10. I for one, am glad it has surfaced here. I was confronted by a class of 17 year old kids who had seen some of this poison. If I was uninformed, I would not have been able to talk with them about evidence and such. They saw one of the videos and were in a lather about it. i calmed them and we talked about the issue. If it wasn’t brought up here, I’d have been ignorant of it and this may have signalled to the kids that it was true.

    In reply to #16 by raindrops:

    Why is the RDF taking part in propagating what essentially amounts to insane fringe elements wacko utterings? Too much importance and attention is given to these kinds of stories, and the people who write them, and the people who pass them on, gain an importance I would bet they would not have had in a medieval hamlet where everyone is accustomed to ignoring the rantings of the village idiot! We have to pay attention to the means as well as the message and not become a part of the fanning of the flames of stupid, useless, arguements. Its part of the reason so many people are convinced they need assault weapons when living in suburban america in the first place.

  11. The Five Jewish Bankers, fingering their Jew Gold, devised a plan to rebuild the Temple of Solomon. It werks like this.

    First they bought a bunch of stock in the autism industry, which would become quickly profitable as soon as the thimerosol injections started flowing. With Jenny McCarthy in their pocket, it was a done deal. Meanwhile, after bribing the FDA to fast-track SSRIs and diminish homocidal/suicidal risks associated with these fluoridated drugs, causing a generation grow up with neural atrophy, the inevitable combination of an Aspie and paxil would result in a school shooting using a perfectly legal, fully automatic assault rifles. This happened time and time again, and yet that guy from the Planet Of The Apes movies (not Marky Mark, he’s part of the Illuminati, the guy from the original series) was always getting in the way. The Planet Of The Apes guy had to be stopped so they sent Michael Moor to his house to eat him.

    “Apa choopa chaka”, said Michael Moor, meaning he had just eaten, adding,”Kee hasa do blastoh”, the man who has defeated so many apes would surely give me colon cancer.

    Having exhausted the Moor option, The Five Jewish Bankers moved onto a final solution. They would wait patiently for the next school shooting using perfectly legal, military-grade hardware. At this time they would launch a campaign denying the incident, thus discrediting the mighty Chuck Heston (that’s his name!).

    Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s family in their polygamist compounds in Mexico would be under siege by drug lords using assault Rifles supplied by Obama. Held south of the boarder defending their chattel, the Romnies would be unable to defend the America which exiled them generations ago.

    Now, as atmospheric lead pollution diminishes, so does the likelihood of more school shootings and the perceived need for SSRIs, meaning the time is nau! Obama must act quickly to deprive our Freedom Fighters of hundred-round clips, because it is in that critical time spent reloading that Krav Maga (Jewdo) is most effective against an opponent. That will give the forces of Zion the advantage they need to neutralize any opponents to apocalyptic Christianity, which is a driving force in financing Israel for the stated purpose of rebuilding the Temple of Solomon.

    Once the Temple is rebuilt, the Five Jewish Bankers shall rule the world from its rooftop doing what they love most, changing monies for pagans doing animal sacrifice.

  12. In reply to #16 by raindrops:

    Why is the RDF taking part in propagating what essentially amounts to insane fringe elements wacko utterings?

    This is a matter of reason. It is perfectly suited to this site. To be informed of this, we would otherwise have to slog through the gutters of the internet. Someone else does that and provides us the content. I appreciate that service. Just like crookedshoes, I learned of it here.

    Ignoring a problem usually does not help. This happens over and over, 9/11, 7/7, Moon landing, etc. This madness needs to be discredited, and this is how it happens.

  13. Just as the spectre of the Tea Party and its various splinter groups, and the outbursts of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, helped to secure a victory for Obama last year, these truther fruitcakes will become associated with the NRA, making the latter seem even more unhinged than they actually are. This should make Americans who are on the fence about gun control more amenable to the Prez’s plans.

    It seems obvious really….in fact maybe a little too obvious. That’s it: the truther movement is actually a liberal conspiracy. Jay Johnson isn’t an insensitive, tactless, paranoid moron but is really a leftist provocateur, hired by Joe Biden to create a fictitious conservative movement so tasteless, so despicable they would exploit a national tragedy, and all in order to discredit the NRA.

    Or maybe that’s what they want us to think, and the truth itself is much more sinister.

    That’s the problem with paranoid fantasies like these: you can make them go on forever. It’s turtles all the way down. It’s natural to be a bit paranoid, and governments do get up to all manner of shady stuff that would turn your hair white if you found out about it. But if you give in to it, if you see conspiracy everywhere you look, the next thing you know you’re wearing a turquoise leisure suit and babbling about seven-foot lizards ruling the world.

    G.K. Chesterton: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything.”

    ~

    In reply to #2 by Sue Blue:

    Whatever happened to the days when assholes like this were marginalized, forced to live alone in the woods running off copies of their crazy manifestos on mimeograph machines and writing letters to the editors of local papers until they were trussed up in backwards coats and hauled off by the men in the white?

    The internet, that’s what happened. The men in white coats can’t find the fruitcakes as the web allows them to remain anonymous as they spout their bilge. The people who do find them are like-minded types and the terminally gullible, who reinforce the original’s delusions and sense of self importance, spurring him onwards. More people get drawn into the insanity and before you can say “Please God send a meteor to destroy the Earth I just don’t think I can take any more of this”, the original conspirator has shed his invisibility cloak, written a bestseller and has his own radio show/regular spot on Fox News.

  14. Replying to Raindrops:

    Groups just like this often form around bizarre ideas, or any idea that’s considered bizarre my outsiders. And they sometimes develop to the point of threatening or even attacking and attempting to punishing perceived opponents. There are circumstances where this could enable the group to grow and strengthen politically and at some point it becomes a religion like Islam or Christianity. Islam via directly looting unbelievers and Christianity a little more subtly via accumulating the proceeds of tax farming and land abandonment during the prolonged economic collapse of the West Roman empire.

    It may be psychologically crucial that their core ‘truth’ actually not be true, but that its falsity only becomes obvious shortly after this untruth has already attracted personal commitment. (Creates ideal conditions for cognitive dissonance.)

    It’s also about dominance and display so there’s an aspect of bullying. Bullies they tend to try and pick their fights for maximum cost/risk benefit trade-off – purpose is to further establish internal cult status and grow support (or at least deter opposition). An attractive and easy target for the Sandy Hook Incident Truthers (SHITs) would be the guy who was interviewed after assisting some kids after a mass shooting.

    These groups might actually be proto-religions in formation. Most are relatively harmless and never amount to anything. But it’s difficult to know why they might reach a tipping point where they eventually become significant. More needs to be learned about how this happens. E.g. The Obama Birthers nearly became politically relevant in the USA.

    So the SHITs are reasonably news worthy for Richard Dawkins net.

  15. In reply to #20 by Katy Cordeth:

    G.K. Chesterton: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything.”

    I knew of this quote, but didn’t know it was by Chesterton, I’ve always thought better of him than that.

    I’ve always thought it was the ‘Weak Argument Brigade’s Tactic #1′: accuse your opponent of your own failing before they draw attention to it themselves.

    In any case it has been utterly dis-proven time and again by fundies (who are, it has to be pointed out, mostly American and ultra-right wing), and we can now see very clearly it should be: when you are prepared to believe in a god, you are prepared to believe anything.

  16. Thanks Crooked shoes and Pete H and This is not a Meme. All good points. And I learned about it here too, and I guess I feel better informed because of it. And that was my question, generally speaking: is the internet GOOD for its ability to point out stupidity, or is it NEUTRAL, able to give power to really stupid, pernicious ideas to an equal degree? It seems like as fast as one bad idea can be debunked, a new bad idea is born with all the attributes that are attractive to the gullible and deluded. I guess the point is to keep fighting the good fight.

  17. Jon Ronson in his book The Psychopath Test (generally about the mentally ill) towards the end makes the observation that the mentally ill cause a huge wasting of society’s time. The reason is that they are (if they’ve taken their anti-psychotics for the last few days) the source of the tastiest morsels of news, that go straight to the group around the coffee machine in the office next day. A few loops of re-reporting, a few more fruit loops topping up and out come truthy adspace-selling newsworthy facts.

    My son observed that “the US manufactures narratives on an industrial scale. It both makes them and is made by them.”

    Making money from bollocks started with the invention of sophisticated language about 40,000 years ago. This was when there was a very sudden increase in in the number of people surviving into grandparenthood. With language they could still be valuable passing on wisdom and so got fed when they couldn’t fend for themselves. It is my expectation that after a year of this they’d passed on all they knew, but found making shit up was just as good, maybe better. Hence religion, Fox News, and this.

    Ronson found a booker for daytime reality dross TV…abducted by anal fixated aliens or the like. He asked her how she selected the right people to book for the show. Simple. Ask ‘em what tablets they’re on.

  18. In reply to #18 by This Is Not A Meme:

    … a plan to rebuild the Temple of Solomon. It werks like this…

    Ah, I see it all now. Thanks TINAM for explaining it so clearly. How could I have been deceived for so long?

  19. In reply to #20 by Katy Cordeth:

    … It’s turtles all the way down …

    … the next thing you know you’re wearing a turquoise leisure suit and babbling about seven-foot lizards ruling the world.

    … the terminally gullible…

    … the original conspirator has shed his invisibility cloak, written a bestseller and has his own radio show/regular spot on Fox News.

    Utterly brilliant. Such a pity the 7ft you-know-whats will probably get you soon, they don’t like to be mentioned. By the way, what’s wrong with turquoise?

  20. In reply to #24 by phil rimmer:

    My son observed that “the US manufactures narratives on an industrial scale. It both makes them and is made by them.”

    Making money from bollocks started with the invention of sophisticated language about 40,000 years ago. This was when there was a very sudden increase in in the number of people surviving into grandparenthood. With language they could still be valuable passing on wisdom and so got fed when they couldn’t fend for themselves. It is my expectation that after a year of this they’d passed on all they knew, but found making shit up was just as good, maybe better. Hence religion, Fox News, and this.

    I wasn’t sure I even wanted to read the article above. I’m so glad I did, this comment is priceless. Thank you Phil & Son for your words of wisdom. The “Making money from bollocks” paragraph is the most concise description of human history I’ve ever seen.

  21. There is no reason to believe that only the mentally ill are capable of killing. Many murders are in fact committed by people to whom weapons were sold because there was no written record showing that they had a mental condition. Though it does not mean that they did not have a mental condition at the time of purchase because many people refuse to seek psychiatric help even if they need it because of the stigma, or simply because of the inability to get proper healthcare.

    I think what really needs to be done here is encouraging USers to invest funds in creating better self-defense weapons instead of guns, something like a mind-reading pocket device that will pick up on people’s intentions to harm you, and then freeze them before they can do anything to you so you can escape. At this point in time, something like this should be already possible to accomplish.

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