The Rise of the Crisis Actor Conspiracy Movement

June 24, 2019 By

Over the past 10 years, a growing online community of conspiracy theorists and hoaxers known as “truthers” has come to question the official narratives behind every mass shooting that is heavily covered by the media. A common thread in these theories is the government’s role in staging the tragedy with the help of mainstream news, in order to manipulate the general population. In this continuously recycled narrative, the death and destruction of the tragic event is faked, and victims and their families are “crisis actors,” who are performing a role in order to elicit sympathy that can then be used to advocate for new gun laws, or anti-terror surveillance that restricts Americans’ freedom. The commitment to these narratives has escalated to the point where victims are frequently harassed, mocked, and even threatened in retaliation for their supposed deception.

We meet some of the proponents of false flag theories, including Side Thorn, a conspiracy theorist in Texas who has been confronting survivors of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting, as well as Tony Mead, administrator of the largest Facebook community dedicated to False Flag narratives, and Wolfgang Halbig, a former school administrator who made a name for himself with the claim that no one died at the Sandy Hook shooting. We also talk to people targeted by hoax theories, like Lenny Pozner whose son Noah was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, David Hogg, who was accused of being a “crisis actor” for his calls for gun control after the mass shooting at his high school in Parkland, Florida, and Frank Pomeroy, whose daughter was killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting.

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25 Comments on "The Rise of the Crisis Actor Conspiracy Movement"

  1. VICE
    June 24, 2019

    We spoke to some of the proponents of false flag theories as well as some of the people targeted by hoax theories, including Lenny Pozner, whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, and David Hogg, who was accused of being a "crisis actor" following his calls for gun control after the mass shooting at his high school.

    WATCH NEXT: How YouTube's Algorithm Could Prioritize Conspiracy Theories --

  2. Super Saiyan 3
    June 24, 2019

    VICE is propaganda. Just look at the boston bombings.... they have been caught laying down and squirting fake blood on themselves.

  3. Amin Abadmood
    June 24, 2019

    Was this a conspiracy ? I do not know. But what i do know is the Government are not below doing this stuff.

  4. Nonya LuvLyfe
    June 24, 2019

    Criminal trespass🤦clearly that was a BS arrest😕

  5. Mr. Carrolltucky
    June 24, 2019

    Glad they got arrested! White trash!

  6. Samuel Estrada-Porter
    June 24, 2019

    Sandy Hook was fake af

  7. Adam Frazer
    June 24, 2019

    Here's what WILL happen :

    'Thorn in the side of sanity' is going to approach a survivor or victim's family, and they will understandably take great offense to being told their loss is false...


    Thorny will then be part of one shooting conspiracy that will immediately be disproved :

    His own.

  8. Liz K
    June 24, 2019

    I'd really like to see the hoaxers interviewed instead of just documented.
    Question #1: Are you denying that birth certificates and photographs are enough evidence to prove someone existed?
    If so, how do we know you actually exist? Prove your existence.

  9. Sherry Messer
    June 24, 2019

    One question! Was the preacher's daughter Adopted or was his daughter's mother not a Caucasian. ?

  10. Sherry Messer
    June 24, 2019

    Hell, they all may be actors. including the cops. But if not God bless them and may the dead rest in peace

  11. ED DELAO
    June 24, 2019

    David hogg is a crisis actor and a demonic satanic perp

  12. Bullshit Busted
    June 24, 2019

    VICE the Muppet Puppet Gate Keeper Deceiver Pushing 33 degree CONtrol Freakmason Satanic Agenda Cult Clubs Scripted and Staged HolyShitWood ActWhore BullShit Fake Reality Hoax Stories. Typical Freakmasonry!!

  13. Bullshit Busted
    June 24, 2019

    VICE = SpellCraft numbers 3 and 6 for 666 Freakmasonry!! It is Definitely in the 33 degree CONtrol Freakamason Satanic Agenda Cult Clubs. It's a Deceiver.

  14. Unkle LumpY
    June 24, 2019

    There most certainly HAVE been crisis actors identified, however some of these conspiracy whackjobs are crazy yelling out false flag are dangerous people. I dabble in conspiracies myself as well but to even fathom that these innocent people were mowed down and then complete whack fuxking jobs are out here saying it's fake blows my mind.

  15. pierce theveils
    June 24, 2019

    update : those delusional “side thorn journalists” have been arrested with a gun charge, i can’t fathom how anyone thinks these school shootings are staged ? notice how old these theorists are, cant wait till they meet their grave.

  16. hot pancakes
    June 24, 2019

    This crisis actor theory has been around for YEARS (probably a decade or more now). The ONLY reason why it’s gaining traction now is because there are far more people who use the internet now who are emotional as fuck and bring attention to these whacko theories. On the other side, there are also far more people who are GULLIBLE as fuck and believe these wacko theories. Reporting on them just being light to it. Click bait media/news is ruining us.

  17. Genaro Duran
    June 24, 2019

    Lol what kind of proof is he looking for? dpos

  18. Mogadon 1
    June 24, 2019

    Idiots like this are ruining the truth. I have looked into President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King and John Lennons deaths. All committed by the CIA-cabal. These guys take it too far, to where it isn't the truth any more. Stick to provable facts and follow the flow of evidence. Do not try to make/force the story; keep an open mind and let the story unfold.

  19. Shaun Roberts
    June 24, 2019

    Another thing go shoot a AR 15 that bullet bounces it ain’t no ak47 geez.

  20. Shaun Roberts
    June 24, 2019

    The United States people are slaves nothing more then factory bees keep the government going. We work to build the government are military fights only to protect the government not the people. The wall trump wants to build is nothing more then a. Prison wall to keep Americans locked in. All these shooting are faked not meaning they didn’t happen but where planned by government. The true terriost are American government that’s it

  21. Cody Collins
    June 24, 2019

    Im from Texas and i despise that man and wife couple. thats no way to treat people those two got what they deserved. truth or hoax, thats not how we get things done. my opinion on the matter

  22. Cody Collins
    June 24, 2019

    im not sure what to think i smell bs but i cant tell wich side. though d hogg did get caught lying and he is apunk ass whiner lol .

  23. Kelp Farming
    June 24, 2019

    Remember when burning the american flag was provocation...then the ACLu gang made that into protected speech. And so the liberal elitists now pretend outrage that the fruit of their rebellion is complete

    denial of reality. So lets remember who started this. From UFO sitings and area 51 to mysteries massacres of black soldiers in the "south"...they have created this subculture of belief in any and everything that is counter.

  24. Kelp Farming
    June 24, 2019

    the fruits of lying and deceiving is such that even when horrors befalls us...we dont even know if its real. Thank decades of activist journalists--ironically this kid is a fawner of the agitprop journalist mold--who deceived everything from WW2 events to Korea to Vietnam and decades after of covering up race crimes whent eh victims were euro americans.

  25. mcwolfus 1
    June 24, 2019

    the US are 50 % creationist, and many others are nuts in other ways. the net is making more of them insane.

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