For good reasons have I described The New York Times as “The Langley Newsletter”, which has been powerfully confirmed by their most recent story about the Sandy Hook “Pozner v. Fetzer” lawsuit, where they claim that Mike Palecek and I asserted that “Lenny” had faked his son’s death certificate, when what we asserted instead was that the death certificate was fake, not that he had faked it. Were you to read The Times story, however, it would appear that we committed the stronger offense, which makes for more effective propaganda:
“Liar, liar pants on fire!” does not quite capture the egregious insult to the American public perpetrated by The New York Times, because the author, Sharon Otterman, contacted me and Dave Gahary yesterday for comments about the lawsuit, where I explained to her in clear and unmistakeable language that the case had been wrongly decided, that we had proven the death certificate we addressed in the book, Nobody Died at Sandy Hook (2015; 2nd edition, 2016), was in fact a fabrication, as we had proven in our pleadings. I wrote her:
Notice I even attached the reports of two forensic document examiners, Larry Wickstrom (of Minnesota) and A.P. Robertson (of California), to substantiate my assertion that these death certificates–including, of course, the one that “Lenny” gave to Kelley, which was published in the book–are fabrications. Read that again: Not only is the death certificate we published in the book a fake, but all of the others in this case are fakes as well! And the proof is straightforward and simple. But The Times, like the Court, could care less.
No where would we learn that the book had 13 contributors, including 6 (current or retired) Ph.D. professors and that we had established that the school had been abandoned by 2008, that there were no students there, and that it had been a FEMA drill presented as though it had been mass murder to promote gun control. Or that one of the other contributors, Paul Preston, who is a school administrator, was so troubled by what he saw broadcast from Newtown that day that he reached out to his contacts in the Obama Department of Education, all of whom confirmed that it had been a drill, that no children had died and that it was done to promote gun control.
The author, who cannot properly qualify as a “journalist” but only as a “propagandist”, repeats the false allegation that we had claimed that “Mr. Pozner had faked his son’s death certificate to promote the conspiracy”! Since she has to know better–given the statement I sent and the proof that I provided–she did not simply make a false assertion (multiple times) but has to have done so deliberately, which means that Ms. Otterman has qualified as lying for The New York Times! There is a real story here, which would no doubt fascinate the American people, but the role of The Times is to conceal the truth, not to reveal it.
Over my strenuous objections, Plaintiff’s attorney introduced two copies of properly certified death certificates he claimed Plaintiff had obtained for “Noah”. But those were not the copy published in the book (above), which I had described as a fabrication. And, because it is an uncertified copy, my characterization was correct. In Connecticut, not even parents are allowed to possess an uncertified copy of a death certificate. The copies he introduced were irrelevant and immaterial to the case. Truth no longer matters in America, whether in the Courts of Wisconsin or in The New York Times. They understand: who controls the news, controls the culture.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus on the Duluth Campus of the University of Minnesota and co-found (with Mike Palecek) of moonrockbooks.com.