Irrational thoughts reign: Ideas of the Sandy Hook truthers (Update: People are sickening)

This piece is a rundown of the popular conspiracy theories surrounding the Newtown school shooting. While they are all really implausible, some are bizarre.

Meet the Sandy Hook truthers – Salon.com.

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.

Whether there is a connection or not, we can count on the Internet’s conspiracy theorists to find one, even if it means denying the legitimacy of the mourning families’ grief.

This story cites Alex Jones and professor James Tracy as proponents of fantasy interpretations. While I’m not surprised that conspiracies are hot about this, it is very disturbing that the internet allows with such ease people of unsound mind to concoct and promote this nonsense to the world. Others, less imaginative, but also sans rational thoughts, eat it up because it’s spooky, dramatic and feeds into their personal worldview. What’s the solution to such insanity?

Virginia school cancels classes based on Illuminati “plans”

For a skeptical take on conspiracies, follow The Conspiracy Guy column by Bob Blaskiewicz. His latest piece is about the mass shootings.

UPDATE (15-Jan-2013): Look at this piece on a rescuer who is being harassed. You know what? You “truthers” are sick. Get some mental help.

“I don’t know what to do,” sighed Gene Rosen. “I’m getting hang up calls, I’m getting some calls, I’m getting emails with, not direct threats, but accusations that I’m lying, that I’m a crisis actor, ‘how much am I being paid’?” Someone posted a photo of his house online. There have been phony Google+ and YouTube accounts created in his name, messages on white supremacist message boards ridiculing the “emotional Jewish guy,” and dozens of blog posts and videos “exposing” him as a fraud. One email purporting to be a business inquiry taunted: “How are all those little students doing? You know, the ones that showed up at your house after the ‘shooting’. What is the going rate for getting involved in a gov’t sponsored hoax anyway?”

  10 comments for “Irrational thoughts reign: Ideas of the Sandy Hook truthers (Update: People are sickening)

  1. J
    January 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    A start of a solution would be to call them liars instead of ‘truthers’, considering the nonsense they’re spewing. Or maybe something more condescending, like gimcracks? Anyway, it’s amazing what people will say to feel significant. No need for dignity when your own culture rewards such actions with media attention, or perhaps the belief that it will soon enough.

    • spookyparadigm
      January 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Shocking. Right-wing media blog Mediaite has a huge chunk of its comments being from conspiracy theorists. Positively shocking.

  2. Bob
    January 12, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Wow. That’s a new one even for me. Jeez.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    January 12, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    ” it is very disturbing that the internet allows people of unsound mind to concoct and promote this nonsense”

    You just described half the internet and 95% of YouTube comments.

    • January 12, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Ah. Well, I revised it a bit because I left out a word or two. Thanks.

  4. January 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    “J” you have it right. These people shouldn’t be called “Truthers”. To ascribe any validity to their crazy claptrap is wrong IMO. They should be called what they are….liars. I can’t imagine how their nonsense would make the parents of one of the little children who were so brutally killed feel. The people making these claims have no shame.

  5. January 12, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’ve heard a theory which suggests that devistating events, on a more “grand” scale, involving popular, or important people tend to make people more “conspiracy prone.”

    It’s not that the believers are being monstrous on purpose. The conspiracy worldview that they hold is, in part, a way for them to make sense of the world around them. For these “truthers” it may be as simple as the mass murder of children is psychologically unacceptable. In other words, the tragedy is too much for them to handle, so they invent a narrative in which no children were killed.

    Because there is little, if any, room for randomness, or chance in a conspiracy theorists worldview i.e., “everything happens for a (nefarious) reason.” someone, or something has to be blamed.

    The favorite foil being of course a clandestine society that controls all governments, corporations, and NGO’s.
    It’s really little different from religious folk who write off “evil” as this necessary thing that people have no control over. The religious caveat being “It’s all part of Gods plan.” the conspiracy version would be something like “It’s all part of secret society __________’s plan.” In other words it gives them an “out.” It’s beyond their capacity to do anything about, but not beyond their capacity to “understand” the conspiracy. Which is a great comfort to many.

    I’m sure the people spouting this stuff don’t realize that they’re being cruel, and insensitive, because in their minds they’re doing the right thing, namely exposing people to “the Truth” as they see it.
    In their minds its a far more monstrous thing that the government is doing, perpetrating a malicious hoax, making the public outraged, and in anguish, when there’s nothing to be upset about. No children actually died, so they don’t feel as if they’re doing anything wrong.

    This is a possible explination, and should not be confused with an excuse.

  6. January 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    And even more:
    Sandy Hook truther-reporter?
    A popular local Fox TV anchor says there’s “good reason to question this whole narrative”
    http://www.salon.com/2013/01/14/is_it_okay_for_reporters_to_question_the_official_narrative_of_sandy_hook/

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