YouTube removes Florida shooting conspiracy video accusing teen survivor of being actor

Isaac Cain
February 22, 2018

But the decision by Hogg and several other students to go public with demands for gun control legislation has put them at the center of press attention and in the middle of one of the contentious issues in U.S. society.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are among those targeted by conspiracy theories about the February 14 shooting that killed 17 people. It's a fact that Hogg has repeatedly mentioned to TV reporters and is not at all a secret. The story suggested Hogg's father taught his son to publicize "anti-Trump rhetoric and anti-gun legislation".

Shortly after the incident, news reporters interviewed David Hogg, a 17 year-old student who was lucky to escape the murder-spree unscathed.

The video, since deleted, had gone straight to the top of the YouTube "Trending" tab, a popular spot for users to check out the most popular videos. "This is just another disgusting example of it". "Perhaps Hogg's career dream is to sign on with the network - a young Jake Tapper - as he has portrayed himself since the deadly shooting that claimed 17 students as a 'student journalist and entrepreneur'". One conspiracy used an interview he gave on an unrelated story while visiting California past year as evidence he was a paid actor.

But now he is being targeted by Gateway Pundit, a far-right blog that has press credentials from the Trump White House. An aide to Florida state representative was sacked Tuesday for sharing one of the conspiracies.

Lest you think the "crisis actor" nonsense to be exclusively the domain of tinfoil-hat lunatics, an aide to a Republican Florida state legislator was sacked on Tuesday after repeating the claim using his government email to bewildered reporters.

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Hogg responded to Anderson Cooper about the claims on AC360.

Hogg goes on to reveal how he's "not a crisis actor". On Tuesday, the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., liked a pair of tweets that accused David Hogg, 17, who is among the most outspoken of the Parkland students, of criticizing the Trump administration in an effort to protect his father, whom Hogg has described as a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent.

"We need to do something", Hogg also shared with CNN earlier this week.

"You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us". "You are either for or against the children and right now your against them". I don't have time to care about that. On stage at a media conference, Wojcicki said that the social media giant "should get back to baby pictures and sharing". O'Riley attempted to blame the media for giving the teens a voice while D'Souza made insensitive comments about the students. And although Florida lawmakers rejected the bill to ban assault rifles days after school shooting, the mission waged on as students across America are rising up to say enough is enough. "Genuine grief I can empathize with". "It makes me know that what I'm doing is right", he said.

In fact, at least two of the more outspoken students, David Hoggs and Cameron, Kasky have had some experience in the public eye.

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