In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, LA Times correspondent Matt Pearce made an observation about the inevitable churn of conspiracy theories that now follow every such event:
It seems like mass shooting victims always get victimized twice. First by the gunman, and then by conspiracy theorists. https://t.co/lEpOhpIQIJ
As soon as the shooting in Parkland became public, so too did the un-evidenced claims that “something wasn’t right” about the “official story.” Usually, the accusation is that the shooting was a “false flag” planned by the authorities to either restrict gun rights or instill fear in the population.
As “evidence” that the shooting was “fishy,” conspiracy theorists almost always amplify early reports that a second shooter was involved. A second gunman increase the body count and create more fear, and exposing them instantly puts a lie to the “official story.”
Sure enough, the right wing grief ghouls and professional conspiracy grifters instantly found a video of a traumatized student saying she spoke to the shooter, and also heard shots coming from another part of the school.
Congressman Adam Schiff (D- CA) does not have a sister.
Normally, this would be about as controversial a statement as “Tuesday comes after Monday.” It’s a settled fact, and shouldn’t be debated on internet forums.
But as we’ve learned over the years, just because something is a settled fact doesn’t mean it’s not going to be debated on internet forums. And Adam Schiff’s sister, despite not existing, has become the topic of the moment all over the Trump-supporting fever swamp of blogs, message boards, and social media.
Conspiracy theories are like cheap ramen noodles. Easy to make, lacking substance, and quickly forgotten.
Earlier today, an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia hit a dump truck that was on the tracks for an unknown reason.
The truck driver was killed, a passenger severely injured, and several GOPers suffered minor injuries as a result of the accident.
NOW: Amtrak train collides with garbage truck in Crozet. Nurse on scene reports at least one fatality and at least one in critical condition. NBC29 is on scene and will bring you more details as we get them. pic.twitter.com/eU0uYL0JQx
Normally, this kind of thing would be the domain of local news. However, the Republican party has been hijacked by a gang of conspiracy theorists who see the Obama/Clinton Deep State at work every time they stub their toe or the grocery store runs out of their favorite cereal.
If you took Monday to sleep off a nasty flu bug, you could be forgiven for waking up Tuesday thinking you were either in a Central American banana republic or the Terran Empire of the Star Trek mirror universe.
In just one day, we learned that the Trump administration pushed out the number two man at the FBI, that Trump wouldn’t be implementing the Russia sanctions that passed Congress by a vote of 518-5, and that the House Intelligence committee voted to release the infamous Devin Nunes memo, the four page tome that’s supposedly going to blow the doors off the Obama/Hillary/FBI Deep State surveillance of Trump, and send all the evildoers to Gitmo.
BREAKING: The House Judiciary Committee, run by the GOP has just denied Democrats from reading the classified info that the Nunes Memo is allegedly based upon. They also are denying the Democrats rebuttal to the memo from being released. The House is officially a Banana Republic.
If you want an alternate view of the Robert Mueller investigation into President Trump and Russia, just spend a few minutes taking in right wing infotainment.
It’s a fantasy land of non-stop TV, radio, and internet catastrophy where Trump is the victim of a vast conspiracy involving the liberal media, globalist financiers, Obama-era holdovers in the brutally corrupt Justice Department and FBI, and a Special Counsel hopelessly compromised by conflicts of interest.