College Prof: 'Newtown Shooting Didn't Happen, Media Hoax'
One Florida Atlantic University communications professor has stepped forward with an outrageous claim around the Sandy Hook school shooting being a hoax by the Obama administration.
James Tracy, 47, has given multiple radio interviews and posted a self-conceived timeline of the tragedy in Newton on his blog, memoryholeblog.com, in which he says the murders never happened.
"As documents relating to the Sandy Hook shooting continue to be assessed and interpreted by independent researchers, there is a growing awareness that the media coverage of the massacre of 26 children and adults was intended primarily for public consumption to further larger political ends," James wrote.
"While it sounds like an outrageous claim, one is left to inquire whether the Sandy Hook shooting ever took place -- at least in the way law enforcement authorities and the nation's news media have described."
"Overall, I'm saying the public needs more information to assess what took place," James said. "We don't have that. And when the media and the public don't have that, various sorts of ideas can arise."
Tracy claims the Obama administration made up the story to try and push gun control. This is one of many conspiracy theories that the professor is known for.
FAU's media director Lisa Metcalf said, "James Tracy does not speak for the university. The website on which his post appeared is not affiliated with FAU in any way."
How did he ever become a tenured associate professor of media history at the school?