BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A Florida Atlantic University associate professor says the Sandy Hook school massacre may never have happened, arguing in online posts that it could have been an event staged by President Obama to impose gun control.
James Tracy, who has taught media studies at FAU for 10 years, including a course on conspiracies, says in his blog that media reporting of the incident relied exclusively on reports from law enforcement and leads him to question everything about the incident.
Tracy writes on his blog: "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."
On his blog, memoryholeblog.com, Tracy painstakingly cites news coverage, official press conferences and background information to paint a picture of a vast conspiracy to manufacture the massacre. He argues among other things that the Newtown medical examiner seen in a nationally broadcast press conference is an imposter.
In an interview for a Sun-Sentinel story, Tracy said "various sorts of ideas can arise" when concrete evidence such as photos of bodies aren't available to confirm what police tell the media.
Among those ideas are his assertion in his blog that "it is not unreasonable to suggest the Obama administration complicity or direct oversight of an incident that has in very short order sparked a national debate" on gun control.
FAU Media Relations Director Lisa Metcalf says that Tracy's views do not reflect those of the university. Tracy's Wordpress blog is not on an official FAU web page.
Tracy has expressed similar conspiracy claims about the Kennedy assassination, the Okalahoma City bombing, the Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacre and 9/11.