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


  1. 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.


  2. 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 .


  3. 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.


  4. “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


  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  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. 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!


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