OK

A paranoid kooky man wearing a tin foil hat to keep the aliens from reading his thoughts.
Not actually the professor,
but close enough.
This conspiracy theory is not completely batshit insane at all:
A communication professor known for conspiracy theories has stirred controversary at Florida Atlantic University with claims that last month's Newtown, Conn., school shootings did not happen as reported — or may not have happened at all.

Moreover, James Tracy asserts in radio interviews and on his memoryholeblog.com. that trained "crisis actors" may have been employed by the Obama administration in an effort to shape public opinion in favor of the event's true purpose: gun control. [...]

Tracy said he believes the deaths at Sandy Hook may have resulted from a training exercise. "Was this to a certain degree constructed?" he said. "Was this a drill?

These are obviously good, solid, in-no-way-absurd questions that must be addressed. Right after we address whether the moon is maybe made of cheese, where Elvis has been hiding himself all these years, and how the foreign country of Kenyan Hawaii snuck native son Barack Obama into the White House in order to take over America with socialist Muslimism.

Okay, yes. At first glance, these might seem like ridiculous questions, which is why the university has boldly distanced itself from the professor by insisting that he "does not speak for the university" and his website is "not affiliated with FAU in any way."

But lest you think that this lunatic is, you know, a lunatic, he addresses that:

"I describe myself as a scholar and public intellectual," he said, "interested in going more deeply into controversial public events. Although some may see [my theories] as beyond the pale, I am doing what we should be doing as academics."
See? He's not a crackpot. Just a good scholar and intellectual doing his job.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 12:17 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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