PBS Defies Basic Journalistic Standards to Push Sandy Hook Official Narrative 88

Updated 7/2/13

This past week the Public Broadcasting Service presented its viewership with a flurry of reportage and commentary on the Newtown tragedy, taking special care to closely associate the incident with the issues of gun control, mental health, and school safety. Specific programs have included Washington Week, PBS NewsHour, NOVA, and FRONTLINE. This degree of coverage from an outlet with significant credibility among the educated professional class is especially unusual.

Yet even more bizarre is the dubious assumption by PBS’s programming directors that the event has taken place as described by their often untrustworthy and sensationalistic commercial peers at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. Instead of providing a genuine news alternative by acting as a corrective to such slipshod reporting PBS has wholeheartedly run with the “official story” of the event—that Adam Lanza was the sole perpetrator. With this the publicly-funded network has moved beyond a much-needed interrogation of the incident to evaluating what social control measures should be introduced or the extent to which existing ones should be ratcheted up.


The FRONTLINE special, “Raising Adam Lanza,” which aired on Tuesday, February 19 is a case in point. Profiling an investigation into Adam and Nancy Lanza by veteran Hartford Courant reporters Alaine Griffin and Josh Kovner, the news magazine proceeds to “lead the witness-viewer” in the court of public opinion by driving home the narrative already well-established in the public mind by corporate media.

Not only are the Hartford Courant and PBS asking the wrong questions and far afield from what might help in better understanding the tragic event, they appear to be knowingly misinforming their readers and viewership because the investigation—like almost all of the corporate coverage—proceeds in the absence of proof that Lanza committed the crime. Indeed, Mr. Kovner acknowledged such in a brief email exchange.

On Feb 23, 2013, at 10:23 AM, “James Tracy” wrote:
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: James Tracy
To: Alaine Griffin, Josh Kovner
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:04 PM
Subject: “Raising Adam Lanza” Query on Prior Evidence


As you may know I have taken a special interest in researching the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and am thus most interested in your work. I recently viewed the PBS Frontline special profiling your work aired on February 19.

I am curious to know if you have heretofore accessed and examined forensically viable postmortem, video, and/or photographic evidence of the Sandy Hook shooting itself (e.g. autopsies of the suspect and victims, and documentation of the crime scenes) that can confirm specifics of the incident and its genuine occurrence. It would appear to me that such information would be appropriate for journalists such as yourselves to interrogate prior to an in-depth biographical investigation of the suspect Adam Lanza.

The courtesy of a response would be most appreciated.

Thank you for your time


James Tracy, Ph.D.

Mr. Kovner responded with the following:

From: “Kovner, Josh”
To: James Tracy
Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2013 10:48 AM
Subject: Re: “Raising Adam Lanza” Query on Prior Evidence

The forensic evidence, including autopsy/toxicology reports and crime-scene photos, has not been available to  us.

The Public Broadcasting Act passed by the US Congress in 1967 mandates PBS and its parent corporation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to carry out a public service where the commercial sector has failed. Congress declared that

it furthers the general welfare to encourage public telecommunications services which will be responsive to the interests of people both in particular localities and throughout the United States, which will constitute an expression of diversity and excellence, and which will constitute a source of alternative telecommunications services for all the citizens of the Nation

The Hartford Courant and PBS particularly should provide a reasonable explanation as to why they have chosen to place basic journalistic standards attending to evidence and truth in abeyance and instead serve as an outlet for furthering the Obama Administration’s open agenda of heightened gun control, psychiatric surveillance, and school safety protocols. Without such they offer virtually no worthwhile alternative in terms of news and perspective aside from providing taxpayer and foundation-subsidized publicity to an audience that considers itself too sophisticated to be fooled by cable news claptrap.

Republished at GlobalReserach.ca on February 23, 2013

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  1. I hope you do not consider asking questions to be trolling. You seem to think that there were multiple shooters, but I have seen no evidence to support this. Do you have any such evidence? If not, why do you believe this to be the case?

    • Why people believe there were multiple shooters:
      1) 3-11 bulletts per victim
      2) initial reports of other suspects, including helicopter video
      3) skinny kid carries 2-4 pistols, a rifle, a shotgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammo. (that gets to be pretty heavy)
      4) high kill to wounding ratio (discussed by Prof Tracy in a previous post)
      5) all 4 doors opened in Lanza’s car

      help me out, people, that was just off the top of my head…

      • Lanza reportedly died in NH the day before, per Social Security website. (I think it was reported as social security.) His mom the day before that. Also, ‘lead time’ to get that information verified and posted would make it probably the 10th at latest.

      • Also, the limited number of minutes – 10-20? the shooting was reported to of taken place. There is not enough time for all the shots and reloads to accomplish this even if you were a trained marksman.

      • Multipe shooter evidence :
        Police Transmissions excerpts::
        1. Multiple weapons including long rifles and shotguns
        2. Two shadows running behind the gym- yeah we got ‘em coming at me on Crestwood
        3. Bewtween 9:35 am and 10 am am multiple reports “suspect down”
        4. Multiple personnel fleeing into the woods and hiding in the woods source helicopter video
        5. Maroon Van with multiple personnel wearing ski masks and a nun outfit
        6. CBS reporter John Miller tweet 1:13 pm 196 retweets “A potential second gunman is in custody”
        7. Newtown Bee – armed off duty SWAT officer caught at scene with no explanation yet.- here is his picture with asst State Attorney Warren Murray- WHO IS THIS MAN?WHY WAS HE THERE ?

        8. Parent witnesses observed all the car doors opened with multiple “sweatshirts” strewn about.
        9.. News reporter that multiple personnel were dressed as clergy
        10. Local reporter Libor Jany reports SWAT deployed to house on Philo Curtis rd- may be related to the shooting
        11. Excessive quantities of guns and ammo found at the scene

        Now why doesn’t somebody show us a SINGLE piece of evidence against Lanza? We have no evidence that he ever fired a gun or killed any living thing in his life.

        Maybe Chris Manfredonia invited Adam to make gingerbread houses with him and his daughter? Manfredonia lived two houses away from Lanza so did they have a rapport? Why didn’t Manfredonia drive his daughter to school in the morning if he was going their first thing in the am ? Manfredonia needs to be scrutinized.

        One look at the picture of Adam Lanza from the Frontline documentary and it doesn’t take a detective like Columbo to figure out that even armed to the teeth he would easily be overpowered by an average first grader.


    • also, the woman placed on leave from the coroner’s office for showing Lanza’s body to her husband is very suspicious.

      Can you imagine how that might have unfolded?

      Wife: “Honey, you won’t believe this, but Adam Lanza was shot in the back of the head, there is no way that poor boy committed suicide.”

      Husband: “What? That’s insane. Why, that would mean… was anything we were all told true? I can’t believe it. I have to see this for myself. Can you sneak me in for a look?”

      Wife: “Yes. I want you to see it, too. You have to see it, so I can prove to myself that I’m not going crazy.”


  2. One of the biggest problems with the official narrative of the Sandy Hook shootings is the absence of a motive. First it was ” Adam wanted to slaughter kids in his mother’s kindergarden class to get back at his mother.” Then it was” Adam had a quarrel with faculty at the school”. Those were both proven completely false. (Where did they come from?) Now we get “Adam wanted to compete with Anders Breivik for highest body count”. This sounds like another attempt to come up with a missing motive. Why did he bother shooting his victims from 3 to 11 times each if he wanted the highest possible body count? Why didn’t Mr. Video Game Shooter just go for the simple double tap, and move on? Why didn’t he look for other classrooms to victimize instead of shooting himself when the police showed up?
    The truth is, that we really would not need a motive if the authorities would release the video footage from the school proving that Adam Lanza was the only shooter, and that the crime took place as described by the official narrative. The fact that they refuse to do this, or even to discuss the issue of video footage is a real red flag.

    • In the event that Lanza was the killer, I think it’s inappropriate to look for a ‘motive’. That term means there was something that caused a person to think this was a good idea. And while that is an understandable thing to want to know about a ‘normal’ person, if Lanza was actually ‘insane’ (how could he not be thinking that killng a bunch of children was a good idea?) then ‘motive’ may not be an appropriate term as we might never understand even if he were alive and willing to explain.

      If Lanza wasn’t ‘guilty’ and was simply the ‘dead patsy’, then the motive of the real killers might be very useful information – as well as their accomplices who have so far generally escaped suspicion.

  3. My interpretation of this staged event is that the entire city of Newtown, CT is being held captive in some way or another, either financially, through coercion, or even with threats of bodily harm or death. That is the most likely explanation for this narrative to remain in the mainstream media on a daily basis, with little to any change in developments.

    • Yes, either they are being coerced or the children were killed and they are in shock. It takes time for people to process extreme experiences. If my memory serves correctly, it took about a year before the victim’s families of 9/11 began publicly questioning the official narrative.

      I’m not saying I have the answer. But I do believe time will tell…

      • Sadly, looking at 911 and other historical events – including May 4, 1970 – I can tell you that ‘time’ will only serve to bury everything but the official story, and eventually that, if ‘inconvenient’ to the TPTB will also be buried along with the entire event.

        Many kids who graduated in the ’90’s from high schools have never even heard of the Kent State University Massacre – it was only 20-odd years earlier. I know – when I told my GF’s kids I was there they said they had never heard of it. And nearly nobody today knows that two dozen colleges across the nation were shut down quickly after due to riots over those murders.

        And NOBODY was EVER held accountable as far as I know. The ONG Lt. who ordered the shooting was exonerated. “Lack of evidence” as I recall. “Four dead in O-hi-o”, …but no ‘evidence’.

      • Yes Rev. Dave, all one needs to do is merely follow the money. I know for certain it is a combination of money and threat or actual carrying out of death that is the common bond in Newtown, CT. I believe that 28 people that we are told about did not die in Newtown that day. However, I am sure that there are deaths that occured that day related to Newtown that we will never have knowledge of even with very deep investigation.

        • Well, if those ‘dead’ aren’t really, then they must have been bought off and moved away to new lives and possibly identities. If the event is truly a conspiracy, the planners (people like but not necessarily actually the POTUS and Bloomberg) would have had access to the funds to buy pretty much anybody – and clearly they had access to people willing to kill children, so those “Newtown dead” would take their cash and their new IDs and move where they were told and STFU so the baddies wouldn’t come after them.

          And I’ll bet there’s not a journalist in the nation who’s going to follow those families to see if and when they move, and try to find out where.

    • Agreed, John. In fact I posted a similar comment not long ago. Precisely WHAT that ‘hold’ is I don’t know – probably a death threat, as anyone coming forward with ‘the real story’ would likely be paid a few million before it was even published so I don’t think its bribery. But even that isn’t enough cash if you’re convinced you or your family will die if you talk. And think about this – anyone who could kill 20 children to further a political agenda isn’t likely to think twice before killing an entire family to keep his involvement secret. That is, if the 20 kids were really killed. If Lanza was killed there that day. If… and if… and also if…. And all the ‘ifs’ uncertain.

  4. from thehill dot com:
    Lawmakers ask Facebook to remove pages ‘exploiting Newtown victims’
    Connecticut lawmakers on Monday sent a letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg requesting he “remove pages that have been used to harass or exploit the families of Newtown victims.”

    Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D) and Chris Murphy (D), along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D), signed the letter to Zuckerberg, saying they have been in contact with “grieving Newtown families” whose personal requests to Facebook have gone unanswered.

    The letter cites over 100 tribute pages on the website lawmakers they say could be used to harass victims’ families or profit financially from the tragedy.

    “Many give the appearance they were created by loved ones in the names of the victims. Unfortunately, many of these pages have become vehicles for harassment, intimidation and possibly financial fraud,” the letter reads in part. “Pages providing platforms for people to violate the privacy of families as they grieve, or seek financial gain through soliciting donations under false pretenses, or generating Facebook ‘likes’ for marketing purposes, should not be given quarter in the Facebook community.”

    more at site…

  5. I am tending to agree with Lexi63 ‘ orchestrated on purpose – to divide and conquer. ‘ After looking at all the interviews of Sandy Hook, weighing up the differences and non information – and the questions not being asked by media. I am feeling they must have been told not to go down that road.. They are probably frightened of losing their jobs. or worse….Why aren’t the parents of the children speaking out.. if I were a parent I would be out there answering the public’s concerns, making sure my voice was heard.. if I had lost a child…I would be making a fuss, not hiding behind a door with so called police protection.. What are they playing at? Any one can see that this evidence doesn’t add up.. What are reporters paid for..some one out there should open up. somebody knows something.

    • Exactly…just what are they playing at? It is so obvious someone somewhere is leading people to buy the official narrative which has been intentionally crafted to look ridiculously fake, thus making anyone who buys it seem really naive or unintelligent or both.

      The alternative indicated direction is that the ridiculous official story leads a second group to buy the official story in different way – that since the official story is so ridiculous and obviously fake, it must be true – it never happened and was a hoax.

      The first group calls the second group monstrously delusional conspiracy theorist who are so paranoid they don’t have a compassionate bone in their bodies and need to be silenced as they may very well produce the next Adam Lanza from their ranks. That this second group is so crazy they actually think somehow, some way 27 deaths could have been faked and an entire community populated with tens of thousands of people, hundreds of local, state and federal law enforcement, firemen and many emergency workers, the entire staff of Sandy Hook Elementary, all the families of the victims, their extended families and friends and quite a few funeral homes are “in” on the hoax and will keep this secret for the rest of their lives.

      The second group calls the first group deluded “sheeple” who are so glued to the next episode of The Kardashians or Honey Boo Boo that they are brain dead sentimental morons who very nearly deserve whatever horrendous fate is awaiting them around the next corner at a FEMA-camp-near-you. That it is sickening to watch the sheeple as they slurp up whatever bull is thrown at them while America, the constitution and the truth disappear along with all the guns. And so this second group spends all it’s time trying to prove Sandy Hook is Sandy Hoax.

      And every outlet of supposedly trustworthy news is firmly and brazenly pushing the official ridiculous story, yes, even PBS. Which leaves only people uploading videos on YouTube and bloggers to try to find the truth. Which is out there. Somebody knows.

      Somebody needs to take another look at Scott Vollmer and his mother, Sandy Hook Elementary beloved kindergartner teacher, Janice Vollmer. Perhaps the same beloved kindergartner teacher Nurse Nancy Cox stated was the killers mother?

      Because we need to find the truth at this point. The second group (which I am part of) isn’t the majority and it’s becoming increasingly isolated and without the truth being found, I could see some pretty grim actions taking place, like access on the internet and to information being drastically limited, as is already happening in regards to access to public records like the death certificates in Newtown, like people being forced onto psychotropic medications, like FEMA camps.

      While I can’t possibly buy the official ridiculous story, I’m not so sure it was a complete hoax either as that narrative has been too blatantly indicated. My intuition tells me both of these narratives are giving cover to the real truth which I think may be far more sinister.

      But maybe I’m just being paranoid…

      • The New World Order – The Truth May Scare You .
        Hollywood,the media,the “government” ( which is NOT a government at all ) , 911 corporate /illuminati blew up the buldings , NOT sadam hussein , then all the deaths of whistle blowers –

        The Aurora shooting ( batman shooting ) , sandy hook ( which i dont think had any deaths at all – it was all a stage ) . Then all these deaths : Philip Marshall ,Keith Ratliff,John Noveski,Chris Kyle ( all mysterious deaths with no explanations & all related to gun control ) . The indefinate & illegal detention of Brandon Raub ( 911 whistleblower ) .
        Now if you care to really learn more then you might care to know because it is all to scarey watch this & the more segments you watch the more you will understand all the connections .
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ9MprYzxyA when you get to part 6 it starts getting really good . after you watch the series of ‘The Truth May Scare You ” things will become clearer and clearer .

  6. Professor Tracy, keep up the good work. As one of the many of the silent majority painfully aware of how the mainstream media shill their nauseating product to we the sheeple, I am always encouraged to see people such as yourself a bit like Don Quixote as well as the many underdogs as have been played in modern action movies, fighting an uphill battle against the fourth estate. Bravo and the good guys usually win!

  7. Slightly aside Professor, I noticed that you’ve pretty much fallen off the radar for the MSM lately. Seems to me you were ‘forgotten’ just about the time they were trashing you out and everyone in the nation seemed to be visiting and reading all about your Sandy Hook questions. Apparently they (MSM) gave you more traction and a bigger exposure than you’d had before, which was the exact opposite of what they intended, so you got dropped from one day’s news to the next. (As I recall, you were replaced with an oil refinery hostage situation in north Africa.)

    Would you agree with that summation, or is there more to the story that hasn’t made it into my attention? I did see your email exchange with AC 360, but that doesn’t explain every news channel dropping you the same day. Unintended ‘positive’ results of the attacks and a suggestion (or ‘order’) to all media to ‘just drop it’ would.

    • I was under the impression that the limelight suddenly shifted to Manti Te’o’s hoax girlfriend and Lance Armstrong’s revelations on Oprah. As I was suggesting that Sandy Hook might have been a “hoax,” very real (yet insignificant) examples come to light. Wouldn’t this encourage people to look at news media more critically? Your observations are also reasonable, yet as my site’s own stats suggest there were far more people relying on the mass media’s interpretation of my remarks than actually reading my articles to find out what I actually wrote. Such media also realize the proven formula of smearing an individual and moving on before a serious discussion can ensue, assuming their audiences are inclined toward such.

      The array of media also appeared to be strategic in terms of intended audience and sensationalistic effect–CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Daily Mail, Yahoo News, local evening news, Inside Edition (which I never responded to) versus more “serious” outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC. (NPR did address the story very briefly and Rick Stone from their local Miami affiliate WLRN wrote up what I thought was the fairest report on myself and the whole media frenzy.) BBC and Reuters contacted me but never followed up. To my knowledge one of the few more cerebral outlets that covered the “conspiracy theory professor” story very closely for a few weeks was the International Business Times. Limited intelligence hangout perhaps?

      • “…the proven formula of smearing an individual and moving on before a serious discussion can ensue….”

        Excellent point, and one I had missed entirely. That’s embarrassing, as I’m usually far quicker than my friends to recognize propaganda techniques and examples. In fact, I’ve had to ‘school’ some of them by deconstructing some of the garbage political emails they get – but after a while they’re all pretty suspicious and sensitive to the propaganda attempts.

        As for whether the ‘replacement’ story was this or that – I would notice the ‘hostage’ thing in Africa, but the Te’o story was actually ‘old news’ when I became aware of it. Celebrity stories don’t light up on my radar.

      • I’m thinking your affiliation with Project Censored (He is editor of Democratic Communiqué, journal of the Union for Democratic Communications, an affiliate of Project Censored, and a regular contributor to GlobalResearch.ca.

http://www.fau.edu/scms/tracy.php ) scared them off you.

        Anderson Cooper should have known better than to tangle with an expert. You’re no lightwieght, it seems to me.

        • With their resources I can’t imagine they did not have their intel beforehand. A primary technique for discrediting an individual in the public eye is to intimidate them and catch them off guard (e.g. telephone them incessantly at their homes, go to their work and badger their bosses, film in front of their residences), preferably in a pre-recorded interview that can be dissected to make the subject look inept and/or crazed. Having someone who’s prepared in a live interview is something else entirely.

  8. I’ve made 10 youtube videos on Sandy Hook story and researched it to great lengths, even listening to the full police scanner a couple of times. I only recently came across a news report that said that one of the kids parents was the shooter without giving the source. I think the media created half of the story and then the police cherry-picked their favorite reports to go along with. Who can blame them, going “live” during a drill is a tough job!
    Now, I’m not saying no ppl were killed, I really don’t know at this point but I do know the media/gov are covering up something.

  9. it so happens that in July 2012, around the time of the Aurora Theater shooting, the UN had their Small Arms Trade Treaty which the US Amb didn’t agree to and now they are reconvening in March for another try. It’s all about timing.
    Also, Holmes trial is put off til late March and the gag-order for Sandy Hook witnesses is released then as well.
    I think they are going to admit it was all False Flags with a “oh, well it was necessary for the good of mankind” speech. And I bet sheeple will buy it.

  10. “You take the red pill-you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”-Morpheus-The Matrix

    I Just wanted to post this as a little warning or advice to people looking online for information about conspiracy related things. Things aren’t always what they seem.
    A few weeks ago I came across Joyce Riley’s Power Hour with guest Mike Powers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AP0QDUpHFE
    Mike is ex-military(we’re told) and strangely vague about his current background and the show host does little to clarify it. He’s well spoken and seeming knowledgeable about Sandy Hook and seriously questions what appears to be the official story. I’m intrigued, so I go to look up who this guy is, and can’t find any verifiable information on him. Weird. The show is apparently real though, and the host made a film called Beyond Treason, which I haven’t seen. This particular show went somewhat viral.
    Then along comes a “debunker” known as Junkseller. http://junkseller.hubpages.com/hub/Mike-Powers-Sandy-Hook-Interview-Debunked# who, a week later, tries to “debunk” Mike Powers and does a pretty good job pointing out his errors before bringing the reader back to the official line. Junkseller is anonymous, and claims to be raised by chipmunks in Michigan.
    Then a couple weeks ago, an anonymous Sandy Hook bizarre conspiracy video maker, known as RandomShots174 published a video of Mike Powers apparently calling into the Alex Jones show as Mike Hollingsworth.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCl87bk__Bc
    this was in 2009 and he was calling to report about a Fema camp in Montana. This same Mike Hollingsworth was apparently outed as an FBI informant a year or two later by the militia movement members. RandomShots credits youtube user chavspotter for pointing out the similarity. Chavspotter has created a video “debunking” the notion that the Sandy Hook school nurse was on the cast of the X-files. You can’t make this stuff up. Proceed cautiously.
    “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    “How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  11. On file 201212141008-820425-6686 (South Central Region Area Police) at 1123 a.m. Newtown time, an officer says:

    Male: “Be advised, there’s a canine unit; if you’re facing the building to the right – it’s following a track from the suspect car. If you can get a visual on that…it looks like the dog was pulling hard.”

    Later a TAC officer says, “Start off into the woods on a track in front of the building.”

    If that was really Adam Lanza’s car –the suspect vehicle–the track should have gone into the building, not into the woods.

    The official story is that Lanza drove to the school, got out of the vehicle and shot his way into the school, and then killed himself inside the school.

    But the dog is saying the person driving that car got out of the vehicle and went to the right of the school and into the woods.

    That audio, and much other audio from that and subsequent days, is available to researchers at this link.


    The beginnings of a timeline/transcript are in the same folder. Any corrections/suggestions appreciated.

  12. Very good & interesting writting Dr. Tracey , I would highly recommend a book I’m now re-reading “The rape of the mind” by Joost A.M. Meerloo M.d. It will provide an in-depth & analytical view of whats’ happening in America currently for your blog readers and yourself . History always repeats itself … Always ! Thanks again for seeking the truth .

  13. The marked alignment of those information purveyors called mainstream media has a significant value. Most of the folks have a ‘trusted source’ to which we cede our responsibilities to really know. That is lifes wedge issue. Trust. Most of us are not very responsible in our choice.
    Please watch as Sibel Edmonds makes it clear. The war on whistle blowers.

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