The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.
Almost as quickly as the left rushed in to spin the Buffalo mass shooting as justification for censorship and gun control, some members of the right, including Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R), have begun floating conspiracy theories about alleged shooter Payton Gendron, suggesting the 18-year-old was a Federal asset and the slaughter was a False Flag event.
Gendron was taken into custody and news quickly spread that the deranged teen had been investigated in June by New York State Police for making a violent threat against his high school.
That yet another accused mass murderer had been on law enforcement’s radar is enough to spark speculations in a world that now knows the FBI has covered up damning laptops, plotted to kidnap a sitting governor, and, according to some, incited the Jan. 6 protestors to enter the Capitol Building.
“Fed boy summer has started in Buffalo,” Rogers posted to her Telegram account Saturday night, just hours after the 18-year-old allegedly live-streamed himself opening fire on an unsuspecting group of Buffalo shoppers.
The post by Rogers clearly suggests she believes Gendron is a federal agent, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, she isn’t alone with her speculations.
Also on Telegram, Nick Fuentes, organizer of the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC), just came out and called the tragic event a “false flag.”
And on Truth Social, congressional candidate Laura Loomer (R-FL) questioned the timing of the shooting.
“Interesting timing in how this seems to happen every single election season, during midterm elections like clockwork when Democrats are in power,” she posted, adding, “It really makes you wonder!”
Meanwhile, on Twitter, users are taking a second look at a man who was reported as a victim of the shooting.
It’s a real-time example of how conspiracies get started.
A fake CBS New Zealand account with just 72 followers posted a picture of Bernie Gores, 35, claiming he, too, was killed at Tops.
— CBS New Zealand (@CBSNewsNZ) May 14, 2022
Those who follow various reports on false flags and so-called “crisis actors” recognized Gores immediately.
“How many times are they going to kill this guy?” asked one user, who obviously didn’t realize the “news” accounted who posted the story wasn’t actually affiliated with CBS.
— 911Dispatcher45 (@911Dispatcher45) May 15, 2022
The left is loving these claims by Republicans, by the way, and is relishing the opportunity to point to posts like Rogers’ as reason the Disinformation Governance Board can’t crack down quickly enough on online “radical” spreaders of “fake news.”
Writes the liberal-leaning Mediaite of Rogers’ post: “Rogers is far from the only denizen of the far-right to baselessly suggest that the mass murder allegedly perpetrated by Gendron was a false flag event.”
And, because Rogers has always been vocal about her belief that the Arizona 2020 presidential election was rigged, anyone who voices an opinion that in any way resembles one of Rogers’ opinions is swept under the same tin-foil umbrella the left has saddled her with.
It’s an easy and effective way to dismiss any unpopular idea as a “conspiracy theory” — even if the theory is later proven true, as was the case with many of the reports on COVID-19 and side-effects of the subsequent vaccines.
Psaki asked about @FLSurgeonGen saying COVID vaccines should not be given to healthy children. Asked if she agrees, she says "absolutely not," says WH follows science. She then called him a politician spreading a conspiracy theory. He's actually doctor who went to Harvard.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 7, 2022
The truth is, Americans have valid reasons to be suspicious of the FBI and of the media.
If the past few months of reporting on the Russia-Ukraine war have done anything, it has proven that we should probably question just about everything we are told.
Heroes or hoax? In Ukraine, effective propaganda prevails amid report Snake Island forces still alive https://t.co/vc73TgjWGA
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) February 27, 2022
The lesson from the coverage of the Buffalo tragedy shouldn’t be that Wendy Rogers is crazy or that any notions that deviate from those sanctioned by mainstream media should be silenced.
Rather, the left needs to acknowledge they have, with their intentional suppression of facts in the past, played a part in creating a skeptical right.
And the right needs to learn that posts like Rogers’ are a gift to liberals that will only support their claims that “misinformation” is dangerous and must be stopped.
And before you retweet a story that sounds too ideologically convenient for any agenda, make sure the subject of the story hasn’t already suffered multiple deaths on Twitter.
DONATE TO AMERICAN WIRE
If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to American Wire News to help us fight them.
- Ex-disinformation diva Nina Jankowicz calls out Nancy Pelosi for ‘blatant misrepresentation’ - July 7, 2022
- ‘Biden should be impeached’: Tucker Carlson rails over president selling our strategic petroleum reserve to China - July 7, 2022
- ‘Absurdly simplistic’ journo set straight after saying people who question trans ideology are ‘fascist’ - July 4, 2022
We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.