It only took a matter of days after Adam Lanza opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School for conspiracy theories to pop up on the Internet.
The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed, a self-produced mini-documentary, has rapidly make the leap from obscurity to viral success. Here it is:
Many Sandy Hook conspiracy theories have popped up since the attack. Most are totally preposterous; all spurred by questioning authority and the media.
Among them: Lanza's father was due to testify in hearings about a banking scandal; Obama orchestrated the shootings to enact gun control laws.
Also among them: The Dark Knight Returns and/or Hunger Games predicted the shooting, or Newtown didn't happen at all, according to a professor.
It turns out that the media portrayal of the unspeakable tragedy has become the rallying cry for those who buy into Sandy Hook conspiracy theories.
There was more than one shooter, for instance, or not as many kids died, or the parents we saw on TV were actors, or the press is hiding facts, etc.
The above video cites the confusion around the initial reports as a reason to believe his conspiracy, and its creator is adamant that he's not denying Newtown.
"I really try to stress this video was about putting together a bunch of evidence and raising questions that others could research and answer," he wrote.
Choosing to remain anonymous, the video's creator spoke about it with Gawker.
"[I]t all started when me and my friends used to research 9/11 in high school," says the individual behind the video, posted on the YouTube channel "ThinkOutsidetTheTV."
"That's what got me started researching government cover ups."
"Once I learned about all the false flag attacks in history that have been proven to be true, I knew it was only a matter of time before another came a long."
The "false flag attack," in which the true belligerents of a terrorist attack, shooting, or disaster conceal their identities, is a common trope among conspiracy theorists.
If you believe in the idea that false flag attacks occur with regularity - and spend a lot of time in the dregs of YouTube - it's hard not to see them everywhere.
"When Sandy Hook first happened i just had a feeling like it was all too perfect," the video creator continued. "I just had this feeling deep down."
"These people and the whole town had this artificial vibe about them."
The perceived "artificiality" of the grieving parents is a cornerstone piece of "evidence" produced by Sandy Hook Truther: SandyHookHoax (dot) com.
The premiere Sandy Hook Truther site on the web, it has an entire section called "All Actors," under an enormous header reading "NO TEARS."
That section is devoted to news videos of families in Newtown, Conn., deemed insufficiently grief-stricken by the growing number of conspiracy believers.
What do you think? Do you think any of the Sandy Hook shooting or subsequent media coverage was manufactured? And why? Or is this just pure insanity?
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