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“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?”

“The quantity of the material is overwhelming,” he said. So much so that a friend shields
him from most of it by doing daily sweeps of the Web so Rosen doesn’t have to. His wife is
worried for their safety. He’s logged every email and every call, and consulted with a
retired state police officer, who took the complaint seriously but said police probably
can’t do anything at the moment; he plans to do the same with the FBI.

What did Rosen do to deserve this? One month ago, he found six little children and a bus
driver at the end of the driveway of his home in Newtown, Conn. “We can’t go back to
school,” one little boy told Rosen. “Our teacher is dead.” He brought them inside and gave
them food and juice and toys. He called their parents. He sat with them and listened to their
shocked accounts of what had happened just down the street inside Sandy Hook Elementary,
close enough that Rosen heard the gunshots.

In the hours and days that followed, Rosen did a lot of media interviews. “I wanted to speak
about the bravery of the children, and it kind of helped me work through this,” he told Salon
in an interview.  “I guess I kind of opened myself up to this.”

The “this” in question is becoming a prime target of the burgeoning Sandy Hook truther
movement, which — like its precursor that denied the veracity of the 9/11 terror attacks —
alleges that the entire shooting was a hoax of some kind. There were conspiracy theories
surrounding the shooting from Day One, but the movement has exploded into public view the
past two weeks, and a Google Trends search suggests it’s just now picking up steam. It’s
also beginning to earn the backing of presumably credible sources like a professor and a
reporter.


http://www.salon.com/2013...._for_it


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The media bottom feeders are very hard to resist no doubt, but it's probably best to do so.
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Most people are decent folks.  Unfortunately, there are so many of people altogether that the tiny fraction of rotten apples is still a considerable number in absolute terms.   I wish that knowledge gave more comfort than it does.
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And the numbers work against you these days. Before an interview with the local paper and the odds of some whack job seeing it weren't all that high: now with national and everybody copying everybody to fill all those 24 hour 365 news cycles and you're exposed to the entire country.

The math is not pretty.
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I think about a month ago David Frum said that what is different now than in the past is that
the nuts are able to find each other a lot easier than previously.


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From what I've seen it seems to stem for a need to impose order on things. The inability to cope with the somewhat random nature of life drives them to try to search for explanations.

Then you have the threading the puzzle together stuff.

It's interesting though. We saw the response a lot quicker after the Aurora shooting. It's as though the involvement of the school made them keep their heads down for a while before ramping this stuff up.
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I think about a month ago David Frum said that what is different now than in the past is that
the nuts are able to find each other a lot easier than previously.

And they have the cloak of anonymity.  Few of them would dare accuse somebody of such a thing face-to-face and on the record.
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