Sunday, December 11, 2016
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Yet More Sandy Hook Mystery

“At the words “they arrived to carnage,” the CNN Anderson Cooper report cuts to helicopter footage of seven police officers charging across a parking lot and toward a school. It is breaking news coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting just hours earlier.

The three-minute report posted on the day of the shootings at the official CNN website is entitled “Tragedy Strikes at Elementary School.” But the school the police are seen ‘arriving’ to is almost certainly not Sandy Hook.

It is St. Rose of Lima School, a private school a few miles away, also in Newtown. Sandy Hook Elementary School is the site where 20 school children were killed on December 14, 2012, and 6 adults. Two adults were wounded, Natalie Hammond and another whom police have not named.

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  1. ottnott

    As mysterious as the term “stock footage”.

  2. ottnott

    Did you know that you could hang a chunk of meat on a line from a tree, where no maggots can get to it, and the meat will be full of maggots in a couple of days?

    It’s a mystery.


    flies lay eggs….mystery solved.
    so why would stock footage be used as live and then replayed as what was live coverage earlier in the day?

    • ottnott

      By definition, stock footage is not footage of the present event. In a news (or news-like) broadcast, it fills in visual space for the reporting. Having it mixed in with live or current clips in a broadcast is routine.

      A responsible program will try to distinguish between live shots and older footage. If you watch a CNN clip, only a few brief scenes are labeled “LIVE”. But, it is easy enough for the program staff to make a mistake or to be occupied with other duties.

      The only unusual bit about this particular stock footage is that it involves another school. The most likely explanations, IMO, are that the clip was misidentified at some point or that a producer made the decision that footage of Newtown police sprinting into a Newtown elementary school were too good to pass up for use as a background visual when there was no footage available of the actual police arrival at Sandy Hook.

      To me, the only mystery raised by this clip is why inaccuracies in reporting by competing broadcast teams rushing unverified material onto the air is so often used by whackos as evidence of some wild conspiracy.

      • CRONKITE

        makes sense,,,then time stamps should not be used in “stock photos/videos”
        most importantly, your disdain for those who point pout inaccuracies, fallacies, and or potential lies should be refrained.

        Whackos shoot school children.
        Thinking people are disturbed by inaccuracies and in some case jump to conclusions.
        Just remember all the world is a stage and the American people have been duped many times by professional tricksters and spin doctors.

  4. ottnott

    The same fruitcakes who think media errors = conspiracy evidence say things like this about the clip:
    “Do you remember seeing this live on CNN the morning of the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012?”

    The CNN clip obviously wasn’t presented as a live report that morning, because it is a summary of the events and reports from earlier that day. Also, the clip clearly identifies itself as part of the Anderson Cooper show that doesn’t comes on until the evening.

    People who overlook such obvious facts while suggesting that the slaughter of all those children was a massive conspiracy involving families, teachers, local police, media, government, etc., etc. are not thinking people and deserve all the scorn and derision I can muster.

    Put yourself in the place of the families who have lost children and now have to endure crap about faked grief, family photos photoshopped to add a nonexistent daughter, etc.


      enough said. in this case your most certainly are correct. i like to play devils advocate sometimes and in this case was not smart enough to recognize some of the points you raised.

      • ottnott

        Your shortcoming isn’t in the smarts department. I think it is that you’d rather be fascinated than informed.

        If you were seeking to be informed, you’d do some checks on the accuracy/credibility of the sites you routinely patrol and post from, and drop those sites with a poor record.