The James Tracy conspiracy

JamesTracy_FAUWARNING: Off-topic post ahead.

By now, you’ve probably heard about the communications faculty member at Florida Atlantic University who claims that the massacre of elementary school students at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month may have been staged or may not have happened at all.

To recap:

On his personal blog, FAU communications professor James Tracy wrote recently that the entire incident was staged as a means for the Obama administration to enforce gun control.

James Tracy  (top) and James Brolin: One and the same?
James Tracy (top) and James Brolin: One and the same?

The “storyline” of the incident, Tracy writes, “was to a substantial degree constructed by federal and state law enforcement authorities and major media around the theory that 20-year-old Adam Lanza was the sole agent in the massac

re.” The professor further asserts that “This scenario became an established reality through the news media’s pronounced repetition of the lone gunman narrative and meme.” He then constructs a timeline of events, beginning with a September 2012 announcement by Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung of a new security system, and cherrypicks his way through a series of blog and news accounts up to and beyond the Dec. 14, 2012, incident.

The post makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in conspiracy theories. And I have to admit, they fascinate me. Maybe it’s my background in journalism, and my inclination to be skeptical of the good intentions of those in positions of corporate or government authority. From the Apollo moon landing (did it really happen?) to the New World Order to the death of Elvis (is he still alive?), I love reading about conspiracy theories. The crazier, the better. And Professor Tracy’s tale is right up there with the best of them.

Unfortunately, I don’t think Professor Tracy’s explanations are plausible. Because I don’t believe Professor Tracy is real. He’s as fake as he claims the Sandy Hook news storyline to be.

One need only examine the public persona of James Tracy to discern that his is a totally fabricated construct that is part of a vast government conspiracy that reaches even into the hallowed halls of higher education.

First, let’s see how FAU presents the man. Yes, the university does list an employee by that name in its publicly accessible database. Tracy is listed as an “Associate Professor, Comm. & Multimedia Studies.” There’s even a very convincing, cleverly constructed faculty profile page, complete with bio, a list of selected publications and a photo that looks uncannily like the one used in mainstream corporate media coverage of his recent blog post.  But, let’s get real. FAU is a public university, receiving public funds from the state government. And we know that public universities are controlled by their state governments. Can we really trust directory information from a public institution?

Moreover, have you noticed how Tracy’s “official” photo looks eerily similar to one of actor James Brolin? (See the comparison above.) Could it be that the government has put actor James Brolin on the payroll to act as a communications and media studies professor who also blogs about conspiracy theories, all as part of an intricate cover up to perpetuate a false conspiracy that the government is trying to take our guns away from us? Brolin is quite a convincing actor. Just watch old episodes of Marcus Welby, M.D. and you’ll see what I’m talking about. (That is, if you can find any. The government-industrial media complex has done a pretty good job of making those programs inaccessible. Probably as part of the conspiracy to influence public perception of general practitioners as uncaring technocrats, thereby ensuring stronger support for totalitarian health care.)

And maybe it’s just  a coincidence. But, have you noticed that, according to the trivia section on Brolin’s IMDB page, he’s listed as “a lifelong Democrat” who would therefore be highly likely to go along with such a federal conspiracy? Especially when one considers the fact that Brolin hasn’t had any meaningful acting work since Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2008? The very year Obama was elected to his first term as president!?

Moreover, let’s consider Tracy’s whole notion that the government-police-military-media establishment concocted a “lone gunman” theory to explain the Sandy Hook incident, all as a cover up for the government’s plan. Tracy writes that ” in the days following the tragedy, the untenable lone gunman narrative … [became] firmly established in the public psyche via an overwhelming chorus of corporate media reports and interpretations.”

Lone gunman theory, eh? Where have we heard that one before? Asserted and debunked by the esteemed Warren Commission. BOOM, Professor Tracy! Paging Oliver Stone…

So, based on the evidence I present here, it would appear that James Tracy does not actually exist. In reality, he is part of an elaborate scheme concocted by the government and big corporate media intended to fabricate false resistance to protection of the nation’s public spaces from semiautomatic-weapons toting psychopaths.

Or maybe he’s for real?

And maybe Elvis is still alive.


Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

5 thoughts on “The James Tracy conspiracy”

  1. I doubt that Sandy Hook was staged unfortunately. I don’t think the two guys in the pics are the same guy.
    Remember Waco Texas? When the Feds killed more kids than Sandy Hook? (Seventy-six men, women and children) I remember the Feds opened fire and literally cried when the people in the compound returned fire. Because they’re sissies. Where was the outrage then? The Feds had virtually unlimited options and chose the one that would cause the most fatalities.
    Anywhere, anytime anyone fires a weapon at another person, they should expect return fire. I laughed when I saw those G-men crying like 4 year olds.

  2. Clarification: I believe that any time anyone takes a hostage, the hostage should be considered already dead and blow up the whole place. That way, hostages have no value and aren’t taken in the first place. (Like the Russians handle hostage situations)
    Sandy Hook was terrible.
    I remember watching Waco on TV, and my opinion was that the Feds handled it wrong.

  3. Andrew, perhaps I am being obtuse but after reading this article several times I must ask… what exactly is your point? Better sense tells me to just ignore this post as an anomaly to what has otherwise been interesting posts. But, I can’t.

    You have multiple feet standing in the camps of a) outing the professor as a buffoon, b) so intrigued by your own fascination of conspiracy theories that you can’t resist latching onto this stupidity, c) think you are being humorous, d) some other thought I can’t comprehend.

    What’s the thought process exactly?

  4. Two words: Ward Churchill. They fired his ass for a lot less. This guy is INSANE. has a peitition to get him fired. I DON’T WANT MY TAX DOLLARS GOING TOWARD HIS SALARY. Like to see him tell the PARENTS WHO CAN’T TUCK IN THEIR SIX-YEAR-OLDS………..what an absolute LOON.

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