While Jim Fetzer has been thoroughly exposed as a shameless fraud more times than anyone cares to count, folks will still occasionally ask me to look into one of his many outrageous lies regarding Sandy Hook. And while I really have to wonder why anyone bothers to pay the guy any mind these days, I’ll always make an effort to accommodate such requests as it is yet another opportunity to demonstrate what a total nitwit the guy is.
But occasionally there are people who prefer not to bother with such formalities and rather than ask me for my thoughts, they will attempt to introduce one of Fetzer’s fables as well-established fact. For example, a visitor posting under the name “Truthseeker” (are you, though?) included the following bit in a comment they left on my previous entry debunking some of Fetzer’s more recent hogwash:
Also, did you know Gene Rosen was a FEMA employee? Source: https://jamesfetzer.org/2019/03/sandy-hook-gene-rosen-identified-as-official-fema-employee/
For the uninitiated, Gene Rosen is a long-time resident of Newtown who, along with a passing off-duty bus driver, corralled and watched over a small group of children that had appeared in front of Gene’s home on Riverside Road after escaping from Victoria Soto’s classroom. The two adults were able to quickly reunite most of the children with their parents and handed those that remained off to police who were stationed at the firehouse located directly next door to Mr. Rosen’s residence.
Because of this, and due to his heightened visibility by way of the numerous stories about and interviews conducted with him that followed the shooting, he has been the subject of harassment, threats, and the kind of gross disinformation Jim Fetzer has peddled in for nearly seven years now. One such piece of disinformation published on Fetzer’s site makes the claim that Mr. Rosen is/was at one point working as a “FEMA representative” in Texas, and as proof he has shared the following photo and accompanying description, taken from an old snapshot of Wikimedia Commons:
Of course this is really only relevant if you already buy into the absurd idea that FEMA – yes, the often bumbling government agency tasked with coordinating the response to natural disasters – is somehow responsible for or at least had a prominent role in staging the Sandy Hook shooting (which I guess includes moving one and only one of their representatives to the area from Texas in order to run a pet sitting business… ?).
And just like FEMA isn’t out there staging school shootings so that Obama can finally steal your guns, this guy isn’t Gene Rosen. Like I’ve said a number of times before, just look at ears; if they are not an exact match, then they are not the same person. It wouldn’t matter if they both had six toes on each foot. It would be weird (and my apologies to any Polydactylys that may be reading this), but it absolutely would not matter.
That’s Gene Rosen’s left ear on the left, and I probably don’t need to tell you that that is not the same left ear on the right. Most noticeably, there is a prominent v-shaped crease in the lobe on the right does not exist on the left. And that’s just one of the numerous anatomical differences between the two: the width of the helix, the crus of helix, the antitragus, etc. They are clearly different ears, therefore they are different people. But we don’t have to stop there. Compare the photo of the FEMA representative, taken in 2008, to this actual photo of Gene Rosen, taken by the Newtown Bee in June of 2010:
How does Gene Rosen in 2010 look younger than “Gene Rosen” in 2008? Surely Jim Fetzer will use this as evidence that the government allowed him use of their top secret age reversing technology as a reward for his role in the shooting. Otherwise how do you explain the fact that while “Gene Rosen” in 2008 (left) has liver spots – otherwise known as age spots – on his left hand, Gene Rosen in 2012 (right) has none:
So if that’s not Gene Rosen, then how exactly did his name end up in the description of the photo taken from Wikimedia Commons? As it turns out, this one’s actually quite simple: Wikimedia Commons, which again is the original source of the photo and description published on Fetzer’s site, allows users to “collaboratively modify content and structure directly from the web browse”. That means that literally anyone can make anything on the site say whatever they’d like. And that’s precisely what happened here as the description was deliberately and maliciously altered by Sandy Hook hoaxers in an on-going effort to smear Mr. Rosen while supporting their insane narrative, since they can’t rely on actual facts to do that for them. As per usual, this isn’t speculation; there are receipts.
By viewing the publicly-available revision history of the “FEMA representative” photo, we can see that it was first uploaded to Wikimedia Commons on October 14th, 2009 with the following description:
English: Harbinger, TX, August 19, 2008 — FEMA representatives participate in the 25Th National Law Enforcement celebration in Harlinger, Texas. FEMA is working with local and state agencies to bring services to residents affected by Hurricane Dolly. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA
Yes, you read that correctly: there is no mention of Gene Rosen anywhere. Mr. Rosen’s name was first added to the description on January 30th, 2013 – over six weeks after the shooting – by a unregistered user with no other contributions linked to their (Vegas-based) IP address:
And just in case it wasn’t obvious enough that this is a total sham, roughly one hour after Gene Rosen’s name was fraudulently added to the photo’s description, someone just so happened to initiate the first manual save of that page ever via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine:
Not at all suspicious, right?
So did James Fetzer have a hand in this deception? I can’t say for sure, although I honestly think he may be too technically inept to have pulled something even this dead simple off. But the alternative – a total inability or desire to do even the most rudimentary research – isn’t necessarily any better. Hell, it may even be worse.
Oh, and seeing as how I was already poking around on Wikimedia Commons, I decided to make my own edit, just to show how quickly and easily it can be done. You know, for science:
Get it? It’s a pile of horseshit.