“Conspiracy theories often distract people from the real issues”
Paul Joseph Watson
January 23, 2013
Glenn Beck will devote his entire show tonight to “debunking conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shootings,” in an effort to make the case that questioning the official narrative behind the massacre is a distraction from real issues and only serves to discredit pro-second amendment arguments.
Since the tragic school shooting on December 14 in Newtown, a movement which the media has dubbed “Sandy Hook truthers” has emerged to question the official story behind the event, with some even claiming the massacre never happened at all and was an elaborate construct involving media collaboration with “crisis actors” playing the role of parents and school officials.
Videos containing conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook have gone viral on YouTube, with one achieving a staggering 11.4 million views in the last 3 weeks alone.
Most of the theories put out concerning the massacre have since been debunked, but questions still remain about why no surveillance footage of Adam Lanza has been released and how he was able to carry out an assault which some have claimed would have required a military-grade level of precision, tactics and physical strength.
Public figures who have questioned the official narrative, such as Florida professor James Tracy, have been subjected to intense demonization campaigns by the likes of CNN and other mainstream media outlets.
Explaining why he is affording an entire show to addressing and “debunking” conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook, Glenn Beck, who has previously dismissed verifiable programs such as the federal government’s construction of internment camps inside America, as “conspiracy theories,” said he feared such speculation was detracting from very real conspiracies being carried out by the powers that be.
“Wouldn’t you rather have them talking about that conspiracy than what the Federal Reserve is doing, than what the federal government is doing?” asked Beck, speculating that the conspiracy theories surrounding Sandy Hook could themselves have been set up by someone like White House information czar Cass Sunstein in an attempt to shift the debate away from legitimate issues about gun control.
Beck then urged his audience to be more concerned about things like the Patriot Act (which Beck himself supported when Bush was in office) as well as Americans being snatched off the streets in the middle of the night under the NDAA (although back in 2007 Beck implied that Ron Paul supporters were terrorists who should be targeted as domestic extremists).
Beck’s co-host then cited the Obama birth certificate issue as another contrived debate that serves to move focus away from genuine cover-ups. Beck agreed that questions surrounding the “birther” issue were generated by the “lunatic fringe” and encouraged by the White House, although in reality polls show a majority of Republican voters “believe that President Obama was born in another country.”
Despite the fact that he has remained largely neutral on the issue of whether or not the Sandy Hook massacre unfolded exactly as the official narrative would have it, radio host Alex Jones has been erroneously tagged as the progenitor of many of the conspiracy theories by the mainstream media.
For example, a Salon.com article published yesterday (and since mysteriously removed but cached here) claims that Jones thinks the Sandy Hook shootings were “an elaborate fiction,” and that “FEMA staged the school shooting as a way of demanding popular support for an Obama overthrow of the Second Amendment.”
Although Jones has warned that a government which ships guns to Mexican drug dealers – weapons that have been involved in hundreds of murders – cannot be trusted, the statements attributed to him by author Greg Olear are completely bogus.
However, that’s not to negate the fact that governments have staged events in the past, which is precisely why a plethora of people don’t trust the official story on anything. As Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt has pointed out, if the Obama administration was mendacious enough to stage Fast and Furious, they are capable of staging anything.
On the other hand, Olear does lend a surprising amount of credibility to so-called 9/11 truthers, writing, “What concerns me about the repudiation of the Hookers is that the 9/11 Truthers are being tarred with the same “crackpot” brush. Yes, many of the September Eleventh conspiracy theories are implausible, and too often veer, as conspiracy theories unfortunately tend to do, toward the anti-Semitic. But unlike with Sandy Hook, 9/11 conspiracy theories flow from a scientific fact: whatever the 9/11 Commission Report might claim, fire generated by burning jet fuel is not hot enough to melt steel.”
While Glenn Beck’s concern that the mass media is using already debunked conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook to discredit more legitimate arguments cited by second amendment advocates is well taken, his past history on supposedly “debunking” conspiracy theories which are actually proven facts doesn’t make him the most reliable person to perform such an undertaking.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm
Tags: gun rights