25 July 2016

Opinion: Mad conspiracy theorists are reading into a coincidence

Conspiracy theorists are reading too much into a simple coincidence by questioning a journalists presence at two separate terror attacks in Nice and Munich. Several websites online such as truthseeker.co.uk and numerous homemadeYouTube videos are accusing Richard Gutjahr of being part of a conspiracy to stage the attacks.

Although it is very unlikely that the same journalist would be able to capture eye witness footage of both events, stranger things have happened. Gutjahr is after all a journalist and blogger who travels frequently around Europe for his work. Munich and Nice are hardly obscure corners of either Europe, or the world.

In addition to this, the areas where both attacks took place are known tourist spots where celebrations drawing large crowds were happening at the time. It seems natural to me that someone who take themselves seriously as a journalist might reasonably be in attendance at both.

If this isn't enough to convince you, think back to the 9/11 attacks and the flood of articles and videos that emerged detailing all the evidence that this tragedy couldn't possibly be real. Much like investigative journalists, conspiracy theorists will dig away relentlessly until they find something that supports their beliefs. There are probably many coincidences that link the two events- those stirring up controversy through conspiracy are simply cherry picking those which align with their agenda.

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