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Connecticut / School Shooting / Conspiracy / A Discussion #1036862

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jan 11, 2013
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The conspiracy theory claims from some that the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, were staged introduced; photo of Florida Atlantic professor James Tracy, who questioned whether the Sandy Hook shootings took place and that it was all a ruse {"crisis acting"} against guns. [In interview, TRACY - says the investigation there never took place and we may have been duped.] Other Website conspiracy claims outlined. [CNN, December 21, victim's mother Veronique POZNER - speaks about her son.] A statement from Newtown selectman Pat Llodra to Florida Atlantic University quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; studio: John Zarrella) CNN's efforts to get professor Tracy to appear live or on camera discussed and Tracy's statement quoted. [Florida Atlantic president Mary Jane SAUNDERS†- comments on Tracy's position; apologizes to Newtown families.] Tracy's statement questioning what happened in Newtown re-quoted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with reporter Alex Seitz-Wald† and "Among the Truthers" author Jonathan Kay about the conspiracy theories. [SEITZ-WALD - says this is a real strain from paranoid people believing the government is trying to snatch their guns; comments on the common theme in the conspiracies.] [KAY - explains what conspiracy theorist believe: identifying one evil; notes some believe it is an Israeli plot; classifies the theorists as either firebrands or cranks.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live interview held with the daughter of the Newtown principal Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the shooting. [Voice of Erica LAFFERTY†- explains finding a YouTube video about an actress playing Dawn; reacts to the professors being conspiracy theorists.]

Cooper, Anderson;
Zarrella, John

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