January 11th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

Conspiracy theories in the wake of tragedy

Alex Seitz-Wald and Jonathan Kay discuss why conspiracy theorists have made false claims about the Sandy Hook school massacre.

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  1. Lorraine Roe

    Given the outrage and urgent Federal gun law proposal developed in one month, I would think reporters would be beating down doors to find the underpinnings to the story. I'm not seeing that. Also, the school had a new state-of-the-art security video and door lock system according to its own press release. Where are the videos? Who is talking about that and how it did not work. I think the media has dodged it's own bullets here. Who's going to have them on some show to talk about that and all the facts that are fuzzy and mis-reported. This is leading to a very big policy change and great reporters should ask why and if they are the right changes. And I say that as a former investigative reporter.

    January 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Craig RB

    The NRA loves all this crazed talk as gun sales are soaring.

    January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
  3. Mike

    I just want to know why they {the officials} told us that the shooter used two hand guns, and had an "assault" rifle in the trunk of his car. The news showed the police removing the "assault" rifle from the trunk of the car, yet we are later told that the victims were killed with the "assault" rifle. If I were a journalist, this would catch my attention.

    January 15, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  4. Tony Mallory

    9/11, the War is Afghanistan, JFK, and these are just the popular ones. These are obvious examples where the public feels like (and in some cases have proven) that they have been lied to. No disrespect to the families that live in Sandy Hook, but the bottom line here is that THE NEWS CANNOT BE TRUSTED. Given the alleged evidence left we may never know why the massacre occurred, and given our nation's recent history, I don't blame anyone for trying to look for answers outside whats' been served on "the news".

    January 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
  5. John

    Cheap ploys for attention. Best to ignore them rather then give them a national spotlight.

    January 13, 2013 at 5:00 am |
  6. Sue H

    I bet the parents of these young children, who were killed, are devastated that conspiracy theories are flying that their children ARE NOT dead or that their deaths were part of a conspiracy between the government and the media. That is simply ridiculous. It seems these conspiracy theories are put out to rattle the gun owners into fighting for more guns and ammo. Alex Jones should just be shut down completely, not because I disagree but because he is inciting traitorous acts acts the government. I pray he is picked up by Homeland Security never to be seen again.

    January 12, 2013 at 10:31 pm |
    • Erin

      You obviously have not seen the video... How can u make up a story that is all on tv coming from news reporters on live tv... The "father" of one of the children got into "character" to do a live interview a day later... That can not b made up ... It's plain and clear to the naked eye. We won't even talk about the man who said he let children into his home to play with stuffed animal after being dropped off by a bus driver which was one of the 2 stories that man told LIVE rolling cameras during an interview. He did nothing but put the pieces together to something that makes no sense when watched carefully. Many people do this when it comes to life altering news. Which this was in many households around the nation.

      January 15, 2013 at 9:52 pm |
  7. beckey

    something is not right .period.

    January 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm |
  8. DaveW

    Wow. What in the world is wrong with this Florida professor? Someone, please terminate his professorship and give him some time off so he has time to drive up to Sandy Hook himself.

    On the other hand, I'd rather he did not visit Connecticut at all.

    January 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
  9. wes

    Question do remain in Sandyhook. How was adam lanza able to shoot off hundreds of rounds in this time frame? Who were police searching for and arresting in the woods? Why was it reported that the long rifle was in his car and later revised at the same time as assault weapon ban discussion? What medication was the shooter on or coming off of?

    January 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
  10. Mike

    The facts are something doesn't add up about the investigation. The media addresses conspiracy theories, but will not answer who the man was that was handcuffed by police on THE POLICE RADIOS. Yes people do believe that the media works directly for a particular group.

    Anderson Cooper, why cannot we here from the first arrivals on the scene? Who was the man arrested at the scene? Simple questions that no one will answer.The media will not properly investigate the truth.

    January 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
    • Nick Randy

      The police apparently thought the man they arrested could have had something to do with the shooting. Since he was released it turned out he didn't. So why would they give out the name of an innocent man and subject him to harrassment just because paranoid sickos think an arrest like this, which happens often during or in the hours, even days after such a crime, means there is something wrong? Who do you think you are to demand the name of an innocent man?

      And why can't there be conflicting reports in the first hours after the shooting? That always happens in such chaotic situations. Then corrections are made. Yet the only "evidence" the conspiracy nuts have is a bit of media confusion because there was chaos. One would think with all those conspiracies that must involve thousands of people, the government, the families of the victims, the whole press and media, the autorities, the whole district, town, city, that at least once at least one single person involved in the "conspiracy" would speak out. Or maybe there would be some real evidence for once? Not just media confusion in the first hours of the tragedy. But it never happens.

      January 15, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  11. Christopher G

    I understand the outrage when it comes to the death of the children. But there is a serious lack of journalistic integrity in this country when it comes to what is and what isn't disclosed to the public. Public opinion is without a doubt exploited by the select choices of images, video, and audio that simply does not support the "official" story presented; a story that changes hour to hour and day to day.. Do any of you within the media not find it questionable that you no longer have to be sure of your information and sources before presenting it to the public or even hold yourselves accountable to correct the false information? Do any of you within the media not find it questionable that the single most important pieces of evidence with all of these events somehow is missing (ie no surveillance videos at all)? This includes Newtown, CT, Aurora, CO, and Tuscon, AZ. Benghazi, 9-11, OKC Bombings. We are expected as citizens to allow policy and executive orders to be made from the answers that don't support the evidence in the pictures, video, and audio, as well as investigations and trials that have not concluded that you the media don't put before us. Is it really that difficult to understand why there is a gravitation towards theory? Because theory doesn't claim to be fact. Theories pose the questions that you in the media should be asking for us and holding accountable those being asked to answer those questions.

    January 12, 2013 at 3:17 pm |
  12. Jim


    Because the same type of people like Van Jones who thought 9/11 was done by the government see ghouls hidden iin every corner. For all you people who think that the government MAY have perpetrated 9/11, Newtown would've been small – time stuff.

    I don't believe the hypothesis but, there are radicals in this nation of all stripes that would do something like this.

    January 12, 2013 at 8:30 am |