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Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theorist Arrested in Florida

Wolfgang Halbig harassed parents of slain children

(Newser) - A Florida man obsessed with harassing the parents of murdered children has been arrested and charged with unlawful possession of the personal identification of another person. Authorities say Wolfgang Halbig—who has long claimed that the Dec. 2012 massacre of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School... More »

Alex Jones, Infowars Hit for $100K Over Sandy Hook

Judge orders conspiracy theorist to pay court costs, legal fees to family of slain Newtown boy Jesse Lewis

(Newser) - Alex Jones and his Infowars website haven't even gone to trial yet regarding a lawsuit brought against him by a Sandy Hook family, but the case has already put him nearly $130,000 in the hole, not counting his own expenses. Per the Daily Beast , in addition to an... More »

Giuliani to Reporter: 'I'm More of a Jew' Than George Soros

President's lawyer also calls Hungarian-born philanthropist 'a horrible human being'

(Newser) - Landing an interview with the president's lawyer over drinks results in quite the chat as Olivia Nuzzi can now attest, as her conversation with Rudy Giuliani for New York magazine got controversial even before they got to their destination. During the car ride to NYC's Mark Hotel, Giuliani... More »

Epstein Is 'Alive ... in the Middle East.' Oh, Really?

Conspiracy theories about the convicted sex offender refuse to die

(Newser) - At another time in history, the indictment of two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself might have served as an emphatic rebuttal to suspicions that the wealthy sex offender was actually murdered, the AP reports. Not in 2019. Conspiracy theories continued to flourish, even... More »

In Lawmaker's Impeachment Tweets, a 'Morbid Acrostic'

GOP Rep. Paul Gosar spelled out 'EPSTEIN DIDN'T KILL HIMSELF'

(Newser) - Politicians and lawmakers use social media for all kinds of reasons: to inform their constituents, educate the general public, air grievances , and ... post "morbid acrostics"? That's what Politico says GOP Rep. Paul Gosar's Twitter account did Wednesday as it live-tweeted the first public Trump impeachment hearing... More »

City Will Give You $1.1M to Prove It Doesn't Exist

There are 'no limits to creativity,' German city says

(Newser) - A German city that's been the subject of a long-running online light-hearted conspiracy theory claiming it doesn't really exist is offering big bucks to whoever proves that's true. Officials in Bielefeld said Wednesday they'll give 1 million euros—$1.1 million—to the person who delivers... More »

Experts Have Different Take on Epstein's Broken Neck Bones

'Actually suggests much more strongly that it was hanging'

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy appears to have created more questions than answers , but one reporter says the conspiracy theories may be unnecessary. Writing for CNN Business , Oliver Darcy notes the Washington Post story that set the internet abuzz reported on Epstein's post-mortem, which found "multiple breaks in his... More »

Investigation Traces Seth Rich Conspiracy Back to Russia

Yahoo reports that Russian organizations concocted tale about Democratic staffer

(Newser) - Remember the Seth Rich conspiracy stories ? Back in the summer of 2016, the 27-year-old staffer for the Democratic National Committee was killed in his DC neighborhood in what police say was a botched robbery. But a wild theory quickly emerged on the right, alleging that assassins working on behalf... More »

Study: Most Flat Earthers Get Their 'Facts' From YouTube

'Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole'

(Newser) - Researchers believe they have figured out why a growing number of people all around the world believe that the Earth is flat. Texas Tech University assistant professor of science communication Asheley Landrum says interviews with 30 "Flat Earthers" at conventions in 2017 and 2018 revealed that all but one... More »

Conspiracy Theorist Who Ran for Prez Is Dead at 96

Lyndon LaRouche Jr. had a long and storied life

(Newser) - Lyndon LaRouche Jr., the political extremist who ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004, including a campaign waged from federal prison, has died. He was 96, the AP reports. LaRouche's political action committee confirmed Wednesday on its website that LaRouche died a day earlier. The cult-like... More »

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe... More »

'Pizzagate' Restaurant Gets Hit Again

Authorities say an arsonist struck Comet Ping Pong

(Newser) - The so-called "Pizzagate" restaurant suffered another scare Thursday night when someone apparently tried setting fire to the place, CBS News reports. Investigators at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, DC, unanimously agreed that an arsonist set a curtain there ablaze; they found a bottle of charcoal lighter fluid and burned... More »

Alex Jones Loses Again

Families of Sandy Hook victims score another victory

(Newser) - Chalk up another one for Sandy Hook families. A Connecticut judge ruled Friday that six families of people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 can review legal documents of conspiracy peddler Alex Jones' website, InfoWars—which claimed the school shooting was a hoax, per ABC News . The ruling... More »

NBA Great Floats Conspiracy About Moon Landings

Stephen Curry seems to think NASA faked them

(Newser) - Stephen Curry is one of the NBA's biggest stars—in fact, the Golden State Warriors great just picked up Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, notes NBC Sports . But the most recent headlines about him have nothing to do with basketball and everything to... More »

SWAT Member Wears #QAnon Patch With Pence

The conspiracy theory originated on, where else, 4chan

(Newser) - Vice President Pence was greeted by a SWAT team when he landed Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—which isn't so unusual. What stands out is that one of the cops wore a patch promoting the #QAnon conspiracy theory, the Miami New Times reports. For the uninitiated, #QAnon argues... More »

Campbell Soup Exec Gone After Soros Conspiracy Theory

Idea that billionaire is funding migrant caravan might be fueling rampages

(Newser) - George Soros received one of the mail bombs sent to prominent figures on the left last week, and it's not surprising he would show up on such a mailing list: He's the topic of numerous conspiracy theories from his political opponents. Now, however, one conspiracy theory in particular—... More »

Anderson Cooper Calls Out Trump Jr. for 'Idiotic' Tweet

CNN host says president's son spread conspiracy theory about his hurricane coverage

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper is taking exception to criticism of his hurricane coverage and took 10 minutes of his show Monday to call out the most prominent of those accusing him of "fake news," the Hill reports. "I rarely respond to online conspiracy theorists," Cooper noted on Anderson ... More »

Twitter Isn't Banning Alex Jones

But YouTube has joined Apple, Facebook in giving him the heave-ho

(Newser) - Twitter and its Periscope streaming platform haven't joined the Silicon Valley crackdown on what is being described as "hate speech" from Alex Jones and his InfoWars channel. Apple, Facebook, and YouTube all removed InfoWars content in what a tweet from the conspiracy theorist's channel called a "... More »

20-Day Absence Sparks Melania Conspiracy Theories

Rumors are 'silly nonsense,' spokeswoman says

(Newser) - Melania Trump hasn't been seen in public since May 10, when she joined her husband to welcome back detainees from North Korea —and while the first lady's office says she's recovering from kidney surgery , conspiracy theorists have wilder ideas. Some have suggested that she's divorcing... More »

DC Councilman Pushes Theory That Jews Control the Weather

'I did not intend to be anti-Semitic," says Trayon White after criticism

(Newser) - A DC council member is apologizing after he pushed a conspiracy theory that a wealthy Jewish family controlled the weather. In a story first reported by the Washington Post , Trayon White posted a video to Facebook Friday with the following narration: "Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere... More »

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