“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
Chapter Four
By: James Fetzer

James Fetzer, exploring the upper limits of hyperbole in one of his long-winded blog entries, refers to his warped interpretation of the infamous Shannon Hicks evacuation photos as his “smoking gun”. I’m assuming that he continues to stand by that claim as he’s essentially taken that article, peppered it with a few stolen photographs, and stretched it out in order to fill an entire chapter of his book. So what is it about this photograph that’s so damning?

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“Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”
Chapter Two
By “Dr. Eowyn” aka Maria Hsia Chang

“Infowars reporter Dan Bidondi said (5:45 mark), “The school’s been closed down for God knows how long. [Neighbors] can’t understand why there were kids in that building because it was condemned.” pg. 30

Dan Bidondi, washed up professional wrestler and “reporter” for Alex Jones, one of the most profitable conspiracy cranks on the planet, predictably does not name a single one of these “neighbors”. The fact is that you can find a number of interviews with area residents all over the place, and none of them seem to be even the slightest bit confused by the fact that children were at the school. Certainly if the school had been closed for some time, as Fetzer claims, someone would ask what they were doing there.

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Disgraced former professor James Tracy spends much of this chapter harping on the kinds of errors and inconsistencies frequently found in breaking or early news reports; an age-old problem that has been greatly exacerbated by the 24 hour news cycle. These issues are so commonplace that entire books have been written on the subject, including Howard Rosenberg’s “No Time To Think” and Craig Silverman’s “Regret the Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech”. If they’re somehow a shock to Tracy, that puts him firmly in the minority.

So rather than spend my time pointing out the glaringly obvious – that misinformation thrives in chaos – I’m going to try and limit my fact checking to claims that are not based solely off of those early, flawed reports. There will be exceptions when I believe they are necessary, or the claims are particularly egregious.

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