Feb 21, 2018

Right Wing Conspiracy Machine Attacks Students From Parkland School Fighting For Non-Stupid Gun Laws

1. Incontrovertible Proof that Sean Hannity Is Just A Two-Bit Factless Conspiracy Theorist: Alex Jones Of Infowars And Sean Hannity Of Fox News Are Really Just Two Peas In A Pod.
2. Fox News - And Right Wing Media - Is Nothing More Than A Conspiracy & Nazi-Style Propaganda Ring

Introductory look into the war the right wing conspiracy media, i.e. Fox News, Infowars, and other right wing outlets, is waging on the Parkland students seeking to exercise their Constitutional right to protest and fight stupidity.

CNN: Cooper: These conspiracy theories are sick Anderson Cooper 360 CNN's Anderson Cooper blasts alt-right conspiracy theories cropping up after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida — one particularly endorsed by Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter.

Media Matters: Pro-Trump media launch attacks on student survivors of Florida school shooting The attacks are getting a boost from Donald Trump Jr.

Dr. Kate Starbird, a professor at University of Washington, has done a lot of research on what she refers to as alternative narratives. She writes: “Over time, we noted that a similar kind of rumor kept showing up, over and over again, after each of the man-made crisis events — a conspiracy theory or ‘alternative narrative’ of the event that claimed it either didn’t happen or that it was perpetrated by someone other than the current suspects.” Starbird also highlights the role that botnets play in disseminating alternative narratives.
What Starbird describes has played out time and again. What’s different about the Parkland shooting is how quickly and powerfully survivors began speaking out. Some students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately took to social media calling on President Donald Trump and Congress to do something about guns and calling out commentators like Fox’s Tomi Lahren for saying now wasn’t the time to talk about guns. David Hogg, a student journalist who interviewed students on lockdown during the shooting, made several TV appearances demanding leaders take action. Another student, Emma Gonzalez, called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the legislators who do its bidding. Melissa Falkowski, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, went on CNN calling on Congress to do more to “to end gun violence, to keep our kids safe." Lori Alhadeff, whose 14-year-old daughter was killed, screamed at President Trump on CNN to “do something.” Student survivors are organizing a march on Washington D.C..
And now, Parkland survivors are targets for fake news campaigns, conspiracy theories, harassment and doxxing. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already suggested that the entire shooting is a false flag, which implies that all of the survivors are actors in an elaborate hoax. As survivors speak up, there are already attempts to attack and discredit them individually.
Survivor David Hogg has been the target of conspiracy theories since he began speaking out. The day after the shooting, one far-right account noted in a since-deleted tweet that Hogg was suspicious for speaking so eloquently.

It’s on all of us to have the survivors’ backs as they continue to speak out. The kind of abuse they’ll be subjected to is predictable. We can track where it originates and how it spreads. Media outlets covering the shooting need to be aware of these trolling operations and include them in their reporting. Tech companies must protect survivors from abuse and stop the spread of false information. We should all think carefully and confirm facts before we share any stories and information about survivors online.

Read whole article here.

What the right is basically trying to do is kill the credibility of the kids like you seek to kill the credibility of a candidate in an election (its also why they attack Hollywood and "liberals", i.e. anyone who disagrees with thier Nazism)...

Media Matters: Mollie Hemingway: Survivors of Florida school shooting are "traumatized children" who are being used for "gun control agenda" Hemingway: "They're children, not fonts of wisdom"

CNN hires GOP propagandists to spread thier lies online so we get an idea of how the Borg, er, I mean the GOP have organized thier talking points (kids stupid, we smart)...

CNN's Jack Kingston doubles down, says anti-gun groups are using Florida school shooting victims for politics Kingston: "As Rahm Emanuel famously said, 'Never waste a good crisis'"
ANDERSON COOPER (HOST): Jack, I do want to address something. On New Day, you said -- you suggested that the students who are advocating for gun control have somehow been hijacked by left wing groups, and that there is no way for them to rally nationwide without left wing help.
JACK KINGSTON: Well, you know, I have a lot of concern of these kids, you know, father of four, and I've been to many, many high schools all over Georgia talking to children, and you know, I think when they're in an emotional state -- and they -- they deserve to be heard, they deserve to be listened to, and I expressed that on the show also, that I believe they're sincere. This is a horrible tragedy. Their hearts are broken.
But also know that the state senator from there is facilitating their bus trip up to Tallahassee, which, when I was in the general assembly, by the way, was illegal to do something like that, to pay for somebody to lobby. The Democrat Party there is doing it, but what the big --
COOPER: So, you think they are - you think they are being hijacked by left wing groups?
KINGSTON: I think -- and I was referring to the national rally. It would shock me -- and I hope I'm wrong, I really do hope I'm wrong. But it would shock me if 17-year-olds around the country -- and lord, I agree with you, Van, very articulate, very sincere -- but it would shock me if they did a nationwide rally and the pro gun control left took their hands off.
KINGSTON: I can say this, that as Rahm Emanuel famously said, "Never waste a good crisis."
(h/t RawStory)

Kids are fighting back. Its not like using tactics of a 5 year old is going to fool teens...

CNN: Shooting survivor: I'm not a crisis actor Anderson Cooper 360 Student activist and survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, David Hogg, calls alt-right conspiracy theories about the shooting "disturbing" and responds to Donald Trump Jr. endorsing it.

CNN: Student: We are not puppets, we want change Erin Burnett Out Front Stoneman Douglas student Ariana Ortega speaks out about the criticism her and fellow students are receiving as they make their way to Tallahassee to meet with lawmakers.Source: CNN

Some more factless conspiracies being spread by the white nationalist/right-wing media...

Media Matters: Alex Jones: Florida school shooting was “the perfect false flag”: “A white nationalist attacking a multicultural school as a way to make the leftists all look like victims”
ALEX JONES (HOST): Wow, we said the perfect false flag would be a white nationalist attacking a multicultural school as a way to make the leftists all look like victims and bring in gun control and a war on America’s recovery and now right on time what we’ve been warning of, their main card, the thing we said was imminent, appears with all the evidence.

Related: Chronicle of a white supremacist PR crisis and the making of a hoax

Media Matters: Gateway Pundit’s White House correspondent accuses mass shooting survivors of “milking the deaths of their peers” After pushing false reports and conspiracy theories, Lucian Wintrich tweeted attacks against Florida shooting student survivors for their advocacy

In the days after the attack, Wintrich took to Twitter and posted attacks that mirrored those of far-right trollson online message boards, claiming that the surviving students were “milking the deaths of their peers for careers,” that they “don’t care about those lives lost,” that they "are not fully learned and are far from it," and that they're "completely entitled" "little pricks." In his tweets, Wintrich also referenced a conspiracy theory he had pushed earlier to attack student David Hogg, asserting he had “been coached on anti-Trump lines.” Following the shooting, Hogg has consistently raised his voice to demand that policymakers take action about gun control legislation. Hogg’s remarks have made him a target of smears from far-right trolls and pro-Trumpmedia, smears that the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. has appeared to encourage.

Media Matters: Alex Jones: Florida school shooting gunman has “mind control written all over him”
ALEX JONES (HOST): The guy looks like he’s drugged up out of his mind. I mean, he’s got mind control written all over him. Just like [Las Vegas gunman Stephen] Paddock did, and oh, that’s now come out in mainstream news that Paddock believed he was under mind control and begged people for help.  

Media Matters: Alex Jones on Florida high school shooting: It may be a false flag, and Democrats are suspects

ALEX JONES (HOST): The Democrats have been caught in false flags before. I'm not saying this is a false flag but they've been talking about massacres and things if people don’t leave them alone, and release the memo. So, if there are massacres and they keep threatening massacres, that makes them suspects when they’ve been threatening massacres. And who what mentally-ill person they’ve wound up or what’s happening or was this gang related. We don’t know. The media will say that I said it’s a false flag and the Democrats did it. I did not say that. We’re simply questioning the long history that these folks have.

Media Matters: Tucker Carlson complains about the "moral blackmail" of student survivors speaking out about gun violence Carlson complains that students may be in contact with gun violence groups, while hosting NRA figure Dan Bongino without disclosing it

TUCKER CARLSON (HOST): So, there is a huge controversy online that I am hesitant even to wade in on, but I think it needs to be addressed, and it's over the protests led by the students --
CARLSON: For whom all of us feel terrible, because you cannot imagine anything worse than your kids' school getting shot up. But all of the sudden you are seeing these kids involved in calls for very specific pieces of legislation. And the allegation has been that they are in some way in contact with organized anti-gun groups, and people who have suggested that have been denounced as immoral, and heartless, and "How how dare you question these kids or attack them?" Which, for the record, I am certainly not doing --
CARLSON: But I think it raises interesting questions about how we make our law.
They are using these kids in a kind of moral blackmail, where you are not allowed to disagree or you are attacking the child -- which is, of course -- I can speak for myself, the last thing that I would ever do as a father of four. You would never attack a kid. You can disagree with other people's opinions without attacking them, but the press is conflating that, and making it like you're not allowed to disagree, or you're a bad person.

Update 12:41 pm (Feb 21 - 2018)

MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle calls out far-right media for smearing Parkland survivors with conspiracy theories Ruhle also calls out Facebook for featuring the misinformation on its platform

NRA board member Ted Nugent pushes conspiracy theory that Parkland school shooting survivors are actors Nugent “liked” Facebook comment calling student David Hogg a “crisis actor”

National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent promoted the right-wing conspiracy theory that the Parkland school shooting survivors who are currently calling for gun regulation are “coached” actors.
In a February 20 Facebook post, less than a week after the shooting, Nugent shared a February 19 Natural News article claiming “these kids were coached to repeat scripted lines, just like actors reading lines for a movie production.” The article claims that “It’s all scripted, in other words, to push a gun control narrative rooted in emotional reaction rather than constructive solutions" and includes the tags “false-flag” and “hoax.” The bulk of the article is a reprint of Lucian Wintrich’s post at The Gateway Pundit, which first started spreading the conspiracy theory.

Florida school shooting survivor responds to right-wing conspiracy theories: "No one's paying me to do this" Rachel Catania: "I'm going to make sure that those 17 innocent people who had their lives taken from them did not die for no reason. No one's paying me to do this."

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