PARKLAND REVISITED: Known Wolves, Astroturfing and the Politics of Mass Shootings

Shawn Helton – 21st Century Wire Feb 28, 2019

Methodology and Disclaimer: The objective of this article is to offer a critical analysis of the event in question within the current political and social context in the United States. This analysis will attempt to evaluate the crime scene, as well as the mainstream media coverage of the event itself and major political themes which have been attached to the event by the media and political parties in America. With regards to the crimes scene itself, without access to all primary forensic data and CSI reporting, we cannot fully refute, nor confirm all official statements provided by government and law enforcement officials, but we are able to analyze and take into account three main areas which may challenge certain aspects of the official story; 1) Conflicting eye-witness testimonies; 2) Inconsistencies, errors and factual omissions in claims made by mainstream media and government; 3) Anomalies and patterns in how the media and government are managing this and other similar high-profile shooting or terrorist events. Please note that this article contains controversial themes as well as strong opinions, and speculation based on available forensic and media reportage analysis, therefore, reader discretion is strongly advised. We apologize in advance for any readers who might be sensitive to this content, but readers should note that it is not the intention of the author or this publication to offend any said victim or persons involved with or related to this high-profile incident. If readers feel that this article contains any incomplete or inaccurate information, we strongly encourage you to leave any additional information or constructive feedback in the comment section below this article.

Shawn Helton — 21st Century Wire

It’s been just over a year since America was stricken with a high-profile mass shooting on Valentine’s Day, yet despite a confession and the presentation of largely circumstantial evidence, there’s still a number of lingering questions concerning the Parkland school shooting. To many, it was just another in a long line of spectacular mass shootings in America, but this event was amplified to entirely new level, where media and political forces were suddenly mobilized, rapidly eclipsing the crime itself.

Nikolas Cruz. Click to enlarge

This month marked the first anniversary of the Parkland shooting, but one key point the public should bear in mind is that the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz – was already well-known to both local law enforcement and the FBI long before the tragic events of that day. Shortly after the Parkland school shooting, any in-depth crime scene discussion was quickly brushed aside, as a national political campaign for gun control deployed by the media, the Democratic Party and its affiliate activist organizations – dominated the headlines. By choosing to play-up certain polarizing aspects of the incident, rather than focus on the questionable details of the case, the mainstream media initially glossed over holding both local law enforcement and the FBI to account for their failure to both prevent and react to this incident in a timely and effective manner. It was only after a public relations backlash, that the media begin to scrutinize the law enforcement failure that had taken place within “Florida’s safest city“.

For those readers who take the time to critically analyze these types of high-profile crimes, corporate media obfuscation has become an all too familiar pattern, with many unresolved cases in recent years shrouded by outlets looking to get above the fold in the news cycle.

The Stoneman Douglas school shooting is stated to be the deadliest since the shootings in Sandy Hook and Columbine, but with each passing day after the Parkland tragedy, many details emerged that began to cast doubt over the media-driven narrative for this mass shooting.

For the purposes of clarity in this case, let’s review the main details of the Parkland, Florida shooting incident and examine the political aftermath that has long since overtaken the tragic event itself…

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The Parkland Shooting Timeline

 

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