Remember those heartbreaking RIP, Facebook, donation, and fundraiser webpages that were created several days BEFORE the actual massacre on Dec. 14, 2012, of 20 kids and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT? (See here and here.)
Remember that guide by the Crisis Management Institute on how to talk to children about Sandy Hook which was created four days BEFORE the massacre?
We were told that those pre-dated webpages, websites, and documents were merely due to computer glitches.
But what if I tell you that we have evidence of pre-dated Sandy Hook photos from none other than the venerable Associated Press? And that we’re not talking about one or two, but LOTS of photos? Nor is this about photos predated by a few days, but by MONTHS and YEARS?
Would you still say, “Pfft. It’s just a computer glitch”?
Are you ready?
Sipa Press is a French photo agency based in Paris and the leading photo agency in the world with 20 million pictures in its archives and 12 million in its digital database. Sipa Press distributes up to 6.000 newspictures every day — on politics, economy, entertainment and sports — to customers in more than 40 countries across the world. Sipa’s most important associates are the Associated Press, Rex Features in the United Kingdom and La Presse in Italy.
A blogger named Timothy Hunter gained access to Sipa Press‘ archives through his school. Hunter’s access ended “last semester,” but not before he was able to discover and record stunning evidence that many of the photos the Associated Press (AP) supposedly had taken on the Sandy Hook massacre had dates-of-creation that predated December 14, 2012.
This is Hunter’s video, presenting and describing his findings.
Like many people, I prefer a textual instead of a video account because:
- I simply don’t have the time or patience to sit and watch a long video (Hunter’s is 21:27 minutes long); and
- I’m better able to evaluate and retain the information from a textual account.
For those reasons, I’ve taken screenshots from Hunter’s video to re-state his findings as a post (click screenshot to enlarge). You can also read Hunter’s presentation of his findings on his Hunter News & Media blog.
AP stories with predated Google time stamps:
- The Google time stamp for the “‘Always smiling’: Portraits of Conn. victims” AP story is November 18, 2012, which was 26 days before the Sandy Hook massacre when those “Conn. victims” actually became victims.
The Google time stamp for the “Colorado suspect was brilliant science student” AP story is June 15, 2012, which was 1 month 5 days before “brilliant science student” James Holmes became the “suspect” for the shooting deaths on July 20, 2012, of 14 and the wounding of another 50 people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
The Google time stamp for the “Boston bombing suspect buried in Virginia cemetery” AP story is February 17, 2010, which was a whopping 3 years 1 month and 28 days before Tamerlan Tsarnaev supposedly set off two bombs at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
Lest you think the Nov. 18, 2012 Google time stamp for the “Always smiling: Portraits of Conn. victims” AP story was a mere computer glitch, that AP story was reposted by Suntimes.com, with a publication date of Nov. 20, 2012 — 24 days before the actual Sandy Hook massacre:
And here’s another heartbreaking AP story, “Conn. Victims: Lively Youngsters, Devoted Adults,” being picked up by two other news media, abcnews and mysuncoast, with publication dates of Jul 22, 2012 and Nov 30, 2012, respectively — both well before the actual Sandy Hook massacre in which those “lively youngsters” and “devoted adults” had their lives tragically cut short:
Predated AP photos on Sandy Hook child victims –
with photo creation dates of June 15, 2012; Nov. 23, 2012; and Dec. 12, 2012 — which are, respectively, 6 months; 21 days; and 2 days BEFORE the tragic child “shooting victims” actually became “victims“:
Predated AP photos on aftermath of Sandy Hook massacre:
The following are a sample of AP photos of the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, which Timothy Hunter had found in Sipa Press’s archives, every one of which has a creation date BEFORE the Dec 14, 2012 date of the massacre.
- Here’s an AP photo of “a young girl” being “comforted following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, about 60 miles northeast of New York City” on Friday, December 14, 2012. Alas, the photo’s creation date is Dec. 13, 2012 — one day BEFORE the shooting:
- Here’s a touching photo of first-graders at Devers Elementary School in York, releasing 26 balloons into the sky on Dec 21, 2012 “in memory of those who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” The only problem is the photo’s creation date was Dec. 12, 2012 — two days BEFORE the school massacre.
- Another AP photo from the same Devers Elementary School children releasing 26 balloons, blah blah blah, with the same creation date of Dec 12, 2012, two days BEFORE the massacre:
- Here’s a touching AP photo of a bouquet of flowers next to a sheet, painted with the words “We ♥ You Sandy Hook Elementary,” tied to a freeway overpass. The photo supposedly was taken on Dec. 15, 2012, a day after the massacre. Alas, the photo’s creation date was Dec. 12, 2012, two days BEFORE the massacre:
- Here’s a touching photo of a woman embracing a priest after attending a prayer service at the Newtown United Methodist Church on the day of the Sandy Hook massacre. Alas, the photo’s creation date is July 10, 2008 — more than 4 years BEFORE the massacre!
Another AP photo of people embracing at the same prayer service at the Newtown United Methodist Church, with the same creation date of July 10, 2008:
- Here’s yet another AP photo of the prayer service, also with the same creation date of July 10, 2008:
- Here’s an AP photo of two police officers blocking off “a section of Yogananda Street near a house belonging to the mother of a man who opened fire inside a Connecticut elementary school, killing 26 people, including 16 (or 18?) children, Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 in Sandy Hook, Conn.”. Alas, the photo’s creation date is also July 10, 2008, which was more than 4 years before Adam Lanza, who lived in 36 Yogananda St., killed those 26 people:
Lest you think that the pre-dating of the above AP photos was just all a mistake — a computer glitch — a commenter named ljcahoe1 on Timothy Hunter’s video on YouTube wrote this:
Hunter had uploaded his video onto YouTube more than a year ago on Jan. 5, 2013. He says that since his discovery, as well as a post on this same AP deception on the blog InsaneMedia, the AP changed the dates and deleted content of the incriminating photos.
More troubling still, Insane Media is no longer accessible even via Google Cache. If you click the preceding “Google Cache” link for Insane Media’s AP photos post, you’ll get this message:
NOTICE: This domain name expired on 3/5/2014 and is pending renewal or deletion.
For the links to all the posts FOTM has done on Sandy Hook, go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page.
A big h/t to Dean Garrison of The D.C. Clothesline.
Update (Feb. 7, 2018):
More pre-dated (Dec. 13, 2012, one day before) Associated Press photos of the Sandy Hook “massacre”! (H/t Wolfgang Halbig)