The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of acknowledging the complicated problems in American society.
According to Vocativ.com Just 60 Seconds After Shooting, San Bernardino Truthers Wave The #FalseFlag.
News of a shooting in San Bernardino broke at 11:26 PST. Vocativ discovered that literally one minute later, at 11:27 PST, the first Truther posted a #FalseFlag tweet. For the uninitiated “sheep” out there, “false flag” is a conspiracy-theorist term used to describe a covert government attack against its own citizens.
In the first six hours following the massacre, 663 people tweeted about a false-flag attack in San Bernardino.
There are hundreds of reasons we could list for why the government is NOT attacking its own citizen in so-called “false flag” events. But it wouldn’t matter. The people who hold such claims are irrational so reason will do no good.
Yesterday, candidate Trump showed support for Jones:
Donald Trump is heaping praise on a radio host who has asserted that the U.S. government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, Republicans pray for the victims. How’s that action been working out? Well done, New York Daily News for calling this out:
They will even block INFORMATION about gun violence:
Let’s go Congress! Do your damn job. Get your cowardly conservative rears in gear and propose some progress for gun reform that addresses not just mass shooting but gun violence across the country.
Side Note: InfoWars and NaturalNews were named #4 and #1, respectively on the Skeptoid list of top anti-science websites, for good reason.
For gun statistics, go to The Trace:
Addition (4-Dec 2015): False flags, true believers and trolls: Understanding conspiracy theories after tragedies