There may be nothing more upsetting in the news today for a rational thinker than people who believe that the Sandy Hook shooting may have been faked. A group of conspiracy and media experts take a look at the video claiming to present “facts” that support something different went on in Newtown than the official story.
This story features Ben Radford, Bob Blaskiewicz, David Mikkelson (Snopes.com) and D.J. Grothe. A stellar skeptical cast who do a good job of pointing out why this fantasy resonates with people and how they get away with it.
David Mikkelson, founder of myth-bunking site Snopes.com, [says].
“In any kind of disaster or tragedy like this, if you go through things with a fine-toothed comb, you will find a number of contradictory statements,” Mikkelson told HuffPost. “Of course, most of them are cleared up within a few days of the initial reporting, but it’s not something you’re going to see in these [conspiracy] videos.”
Compiled together, this “evidence” not only addresses a theory, but also a much larger issue: Most conspiracy theorists have a very specific agenda, the experts said.
ThinkOutsideTheTV, for example, points to the notion that Sandy Hook could’ve been a scheme to disarm the American public and destroy the Second Amendment.
“What I think we are looking at in the video is an attempt to find evidence to fit a preexisting narrative, that the government is or is quickly becoming a tyranny and that the only thing stopping the government from terrorizing the nation is that the populace is armed,” Blaskiewicz said.
Here is the video.
What they don’t tell us (and maybe no one could) is how to address such an idea. It’s not based on reason so they is little chance that our reason can work to resolve it. In fact, I’m not sure there is ANYTHING you can tell those whose worldview is so reliant on distrust and paranoia. No logic works.
I posted a comment on this Huff Po piece thanking them for the rational coverage. Please consider doing the same.
Check out Bob’s piece on the information cycle to read more about how the news feeds into this worldview.