The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Reporting Gaps and the Top Five Wild Assertions

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The Sandy Hook Elementary School was the scene of a horrific mass murder, claiming the lives of 26 human beings, including 20 children. Journalists, perhaps in their urgency to report the story as the news unfolded, made some wildly inaccurate claims. Additionally, there are some unanswered questions still looming about the shooter, Adam Lanza.

What Medication was Adam Lanza Taking?

David Kupelian from WND, for example, points out that despite the widely reported fact that Adam Lanza was on medication from a young age for “mental health problems,” the actual medication has never been identified. The author points out that the detailed reporting on the weapons in the case, “precisely which firearms, manufacturers and calibers,” was quite extensive, but much less explored was Adam Lanza’s mental health treatment history. Is it not relevant?

Attorney General Eric Holder

Conspicuously absent from reporting for some reason was the fact that a couple of weeks before the tragedy, Eric Holder met with Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to discuss federal grant money for Connecticut in association with the newly unveiled “Project Longevity,” an initiative to target “gun violence.” Additionally, the Attorney General (who once stated regarding a “gun initiative,” that they need to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way),” also came back to Connecticut after the tragedy to “quietly” meet with “shaken first responders” for a “private session.”

Wildly Inaccurate Initial Reports


Several media outlets initially reported that 1.) Adam’s brother, Ryan, was the killer and 2.) that he also killed his father in Hoboken, N.J. before driving to Newtown, Connecticut, where it was reported 3.) that his mother was kindergarten teacher. All three of those initial assertions were wildly incorrect. It seems that NBC initially reported that Adam’s father was killed, but where would they have gotten that information in the first place?

One of the most egregious examples of “mis-reporting,” was the inconsistent information regarding the weapons used by Lanza. Watch a news report here that gives a taste of the confusion:

Additionally, it was reported by several outlets that a second person was in custody. As reported by Fox News, witnesses told the Connecticut Post that “a handcuffed man, dressed in camouflage, was led out of a nearby woods by officers,” but the article no longer reflects this information. Presumably, the man was not involved in the shooting, but the mainstream media has never clarified those initial reports. Watch here as one of the witnesses confirms that a second man was in custody:

It is understandable that throughout a chaotic tragedy such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, some facts would need to be tweaked while the story unfolds. However, some of the “facts” reported were so outrageous that one wonders how the journalists could have possibly been so wrong.

Photo Source: NBC/Rexusa via WPTV

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