Debunking Santa Fe High School Shooting Conspiracy Theories

Updated at 4:15 PST

As sure as the sun will come up and the tides will roll in and out, there will be a mass shooting somewhere in America.

Today, it was at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, a suburb of Galveston. As of this writing, 10 people are confirmed dead, including one teacher. Details are still coming in, but the a suspect is in custody, a male thought to be a student at the school.

As much as mass shootings are a sick reality of life in this country, so too are the instant conspiracy theories that spring up in the minutes and hours after the bullets stop flying.

Because these conspiracies and hoaxes have little substance to them, there’s usually not much there to debunk. But it is useful to at least shed some light on them – not for this particular shooting, but to train minds that are so fried by the constant onrush of news to filter out noise and accusations that have no legitimate reporting behind them.

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The Dead Doctors Conspiracy Theory

In a piece for Daily Dot, I got a chance to write about one of my favorite long-running conspiracy theories – the murder of dozens of holistic doctors in an effort to…

…well, I still have no idea.

But according to the theory’s proponents, nearly 90 healers, chiropractors, renegade cancer researchers, alternative medicine practitioners, and brave souls who have run afoul of Big Pharma and the government’s CDC to help vulnerable people have been killed in accidents, unsolved murders, or “heart attacks.”

One of the latest was Timothy Cunningham, a CDC researcher employed by the government to help study disease outbreaks in vulnerable people.

Huh?

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Did Donald Trump Predict Eric Schneiderman’s Downfall?

On May 7th, the New Yorker reported an explosive story that saw four women accusing New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of sexual and physical abuse. Schneiderman resigned hours later.

A state AG being taken down by horrific deeds wouldn’t ordinarily make much noise, but Schneiderman has been a constant thorn in President Trump’s side, having filed civil and criminal cases against Trump, his administration, and a variety of his cronies.

Given how hard Schneiderman and his office have been gunning for Trump, it’s not surprising that there would be some antagonism between the two.

But it IS surprising that that antagonism seems to date back years – and played out in public on Twitter.

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A Good (Great) Analysis of Trump Tweets with Parentheses for April

A while back, I started a running analysis of every Trump tweet where the president used a parenthesis. I hoped to find some insight into his thinking, a window into how the president structures his sentences and word choices for maximum impact.

Instead, I found a scattershot pair of thumbs who seems to barf any thought he has into run-on sentences full of parenthetical thoughts that often either don’t need to exist, or contradict what’s come before.

Has anything changed for April? Has the president learned to wield his mighty 280 character sword more efficiently?

You be the judge.

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Military Plane Accidents Have Spiked – Is It a Conspiracy?

On May 2nd, a Puerto Rico Air National Guard C-130 Hercules transport plane crashed on a highway outside Savannah, Georgia. Details of the accident are scarce, but it appears all five nine people on board were killed.

That a C-130 crashed and likely led to multiple deaths is a tragedy, but it’s also not a shock. The C-130 has been flying since the late 1950’s, and has about a 5% attrition rate due to crashes and accidents. It’s a sturdy plane, but the frames are old, and the plane can be unwieldy to fly.

This crash is also part of a disturbing uptick in military aircraft accidents in general – one that’s become fodder for conspiracy theories and supposed plots regarding the “deep state.”

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