The corporate news media’s attack of James Tracy in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre’s press coverage is examined in a recent scholarly article, “Media errors and the ‘nutty professor’: Riding the journalistic boundaries of the Sandy Hook shootings,” by Dan Berkowitz and Zhengjia Michelle Liu of The University of Iowa.* The paper was published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism in late 2014.
“The point of this article is that when faced with a fast-breaking crisis or disaster, journalists quickly fall back on what-a-story news routines and memory of similar events of the past,” the introduction reads.
Competition among news organizations and audience expectations for immediacy have increased reliance on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. With less time for verification in this sped-up reporting process, errors often result. Before the appearance of social media, newspapers and broadcast media were able to quickly bury these kinds of errors. With social media, though, come increased media errors that threaten the boundaries of appropriate professional journalistic practice, which are then addressed by both mainstream and social media in an effort to rebalance the professional terrain.
On September 17 MHB reported on a copyright infringement claim filed with Facebook by an anonymous party against the “Sandy Hook Hoax” Fb page alleging ownership of the Lenie Urbina/Avielle Richman photographs. The copyright claimant has been revealed in the emails below as one Thomas Bittman, co-founder of the lucrative “Sandy Hook Promise” charity. The 501(c)3 has been a key proponent of gun control and mental health protocols that it argues will curb mass shootings, while pulling on the heartstrings of America to the tune of tens of millions of dollars in the wake of the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook massacre event.
Is Sandy Hook Promise co-founder Thomas Bittman filing bogus copyright infringement claims? Source: Jason Rearick, Newstimes.com
What’s significant here is whether Bittman actually holds the copyright to the images in question, and if he’s not just prompting Facebook to abuse the entire DMCA process intended to address legitimate copyright claims. If so, Bittman has likely committed perjury and is subject to being sued for filing a false copyright infringement claim. “If you send a cease-and-desist letter to an infringer,” under DMCA,
Takes issue with posting of Urbina/Richman photo
Updated 9/17/15 2:05PM
A Digital Millenium Copyright Act infringement claim was filed on September 16 against the owner of the “Sandy Hook Hoax” Facebook page concerning photographic images of Lenie Urbina/Avielle Richman. Unsurprisingly, Facebook opted to take the claim at face value without investigation and remove the image, according to Tony Mead, SHH’s administrator.
Facebook does not disclose what party has filed copyright claims against its users. An appeals, or “counter notification” process leaves the door open to potential litigation by the claimant if ownership of the given image can be produced. Under Facebook’s policy the respondent has no other way of appeal other than and cannot determine who it could be facing in court.
The Avielle Foundation – “Founded on December 14, 2012”
Avielle Rose Richman apparently was one of the 26 children and educators killed on December 14th, 2012. According to The Avielle Foundation’s Facebook page, the foundation was founded December 14th, 2012, the very same day Avielle was supposedly murdered. The Avielle Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preventing violence through brain health research and fostering community.
Submitted by “Lophatt”
I recently received a call from a friend who asked,”Did you hear about Screening Sandy Hook by Deanna Spingola”? My answer decried my ignorance, as I had not even heard of Ms. Spingola to begin with. After a brief discussion, I learned that Spingola was a radio personality of sorts who hosted a regular podcast on “American Free Press.” I was advised that she had previously been a skeptic of the official story of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre (SHES), but had recently done an about face on the issue. Indeed, it seemed that Ms. Spingola had rather suddenly begun to launch radio diatribes at various researchers involved with SHES. What could have happened to affect such a sudden and complete rejection of her earlier position and compel her to target fellow researchers in such a belligerent manner?
Not having any preconceptions of Spingola or her work, my friend suggested I might be a good candidate for the task of looking into this mystery. So I began to visit Spingola.com and to listen to some of her earlier podcasts to get a feel for her past and current dispositions. I ordered a copy of “Screening Sandy Hook” ($23.44) and began to read.
On this week’s episode of Real Politik Australia-based independent researcher Allan Powell joins the program to discuss his deep research on the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre. Mr. Powell lays out his analysis focusing on a set of images provided in the Vimeo video below.
He argues that the apparent investigation and police report of the incident carried out by Connecticut State Attorney Steven Sedensky and State Police released and released in late 2013 defy normal protocols. Further, there are clear contradictions and suggestion of a coverup based on the documents’ various disclosures concerning the crime scene and related evidence.
Man charged in 2012 for telephoning Connecticut coroner H. Wayne Carver claims unlawful treatment
“I was singled out because I am located out of state and a researcher of public corruption.”
Paid $37,000 in attorney fees and prevented from creating legal defense fund
Court Date postponed 12 times!
The following letter was obtained from several national newspapers currently investigating this story:
To all parties receiving this letter,
This is being sent to you in regards to a follow-up of compliance within the Judicial System of the State of Connecticut, and to be sure that the right eyes are seeing and responding to this letter. There has been an issue of respondence of multiple parties
in the past of which FOIA requests and E-mails have not been answered promptly and/or adequately. This letter is to reinforce the structure and chain of command to which the people have a right to speak and be heard.
As another school year is upon us Real Politik welcomes back former Florida State Trooper and school safety expert Wolfgang Halbig for an update on his outstanding Freedom of Information Act requests with the Newtown Connecticut Police Department, Public Schools, and First Selectman.
Halbig has been a tireless critic of the government-mandated version of the Sandy Hook massacre, raising necessary funds for legal representation and traveling to Newtown numerous times over the past year to demand that area officials present the necessary records that the shooting took place as it was presented by corporate news media.
Wolfgang Halbig discusses this document and other developments when Real Politik welcomes him back on the Monday, August 17 edition which airs at 3PM EST on Truth Frequency Radio and is archived post-airing here.
On June 2, 2015 Newtown counsel Monte Frank Fed Ex’d Wolfgang Halbig some 200 emails dated 2012 pertinent to Halbig’s FOI requests and one day before the second scheduled hearing before Connecticut’s FOI Commission.
Misleading article is emblematic of website’s politically-motivated “journalism”
Kentucky man receiving threats from Sandy Hook gov’t narrative defenders
On August 14 progressive-left website Raw Story posted an article, “WATCH: Sandy Hook Truther Offers $25,000 Reward for ‘Irrefutable’ Proof Shooting Wasn’t a Liberal Scam,” drawing attention to Kentucky resident Joe Jones’ $25,000 YouTube challenge questioning whether the December 14, 2012 Newtown massacre took place as it had been widely reported in major news media.