FAU professor makes no apologies for calling Connecticut school massacre a hoax
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By Miranda Grossman / CBS 12 NewsBOCA RATON, Fla. -- A South Florida professor's questions about the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre are creating a national controversy. It's not so much that FAU professor James Tracy doesn't believe the tragedy happened, but that he believes the national media isn't doing enough investigative reporting.The national media that descended on Newtown could have done a better job, Tracy said.Tracy has taught at FAU for 10 years and is no stranger to controversy. He's questioned the JFK assassination, the Colorado movie theater massacre and now the tragedy at Sandy Hook.MORE: Professor says massacre may have been fakedThe professor said the media isn't asking enough questions and he's skeptical of authorities. He said there's the possibility that crisis actors were sent to Newtown to add drama to the story told to the television media.Tracy told CBS12's Peter Schaller that there is the possibility there were multiple shooters, even though police said that isn't true. Tracy also said there's the possibility that the number of people killed that day is incorrect.You had 20 families that were mourning...that had to bury their children...are you concerned about that at all? asked Schaller.Well, I think the whole country mourned about Sandy Hook, but yet again the investigation that journalistic institutions should have carried out, never took place in my opinion, Tracy said.There's a lot of emotion involved with something like this. Is there anything you want to say to that person at home who wants to throw their shoe at the TV and say this guy is a total nut? asked Schaller.Well, I think as a society we need to look at things more carefully. Perhaps, we as a society, have been conditioned to be duped, he answered.No apologies from the professor tonight. Meanwhile his online blog is going viral. But he said more people are reading the media stories about his blog than the blog itself. FAU Media Relations Director Lisa Metcalf says that Tracy's views do not reflect those of the university. Tracy's Wordpress blog is not on an official FAU web page.