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Martha Dean backs conspiracy theorists

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Former Republican attorney general candidate Martha Dean was called out by Democrats this morning for comments she made on her Facebook page giving some credence to conspiracy theorists who believe the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax.

On Monday Dean, who lost her bid for a statewide political seat in 2010 against state Attorney General George Jepsen, posted on her Facebook page Monday a link to a YouTube video claiming the massacre that took the lives of 20 young students and six educators on Dec. 14 was a hoax created by the Obama administration to further its gun control agenda.

While one of Dean’s followers commented that the group who made the video has “evidence”  former President George Bush mastermineded the 9-11 tragedy, Dean responded by saying, “you are right yet, still, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Being wrong once does not mean always wrong.”

Dean also stated on the social media web site that, “many, many, questions…. all we know is that so much of what happened — before and after the shooting — does not make sense.”

She adds,”people (without meaning any disrespect) are asking very good questions, but it is doubtful that we will ever get answers to these or the questions raised in the video in the original post above.”

Democratic State Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo calls on Republican leaders, including state Sen.  John McKinney who represents Newtown, to condemn Dean’s comments.

“Someone who purported to be qualifed to be the attorney for the state of Connecticut should know better,” DiNardo said in a statement released Thursday.

She added that another “non-apology” is’nt going to cut it this time, a reference to comments made  by Republican state Rep. DebraLee Hovey condeming former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords for her visit to Newtown last week.

“Stay out of my towns,” Hovey posted on her Facebook page at the time of the visit.

Hovey later issued a statement apologizing for the remarks, “if I offended anyone.”

Categories: General
Dirk Perrefort

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  2. Sean Murphy says:

    Saw the original post in question personally. The commentary on what Martha supposedly did is patently false.

  3. Martha Dean says:

    (2/18/13 4:45 pm – There were a couple of typos in my original post of this message, earlier today, so I am reposting it, below, with the typos corrected and some further editing:
    Dear Dirk, I was stunned to read your short 1/17/13 “news” article, above, for the first time today. The article’s statements are false, misleading, and clearly agenda-driven. This is not what I would expected from you, based on my experience getting to know you as a reporter during the 2010 AG race. I am quite frankly shocked by this level of dishonesty and willingness to manufacture news. I do not — and have never — “backed conspiracy theorists.” Also, I have never believed – nor suggested — in any way, shape, or form — that I believe that President Bush (or anyone else) “masterminded the 911 tragedy.” In order to attribute such false beliefs or statements to me, you intentionally left out part of the quote that you use in the article. (The original post is still on my Facebook page for anyone who cares to discover the truth.) This type of “reporting” makes you the kind of reporter that gives the media a bad name. (BTW, after investigating the claims made by some, the Associated Press decided to NOT run a story; they went to my FB page and found that I had not said what you and a few others claim.) I am sorry if you may have felt that you needed to succumb to pressure placed on you by others at your paper or in the political realm to sink to this level. My advice, for what it’s worth: Your reputation is everything, so guard it zealously; you are capable of much, much better than this. – Martha

  4. Martha Dean says:

    Dear Dirk, I was stunned to read you short “news” article above. Frankly, your false, misleading, and clearly agenda-driven reporting was not what I would ever have expected from you. During the 2010 AG race, I got to know you and I am frankly shocked by this dishonesty. No, I do not — and have never — “backed conspiracy theorists.” Nor have I ever suggested that I believe — in any way, shape, or form — that President Bush (or anyone other than the terrorists and their terrorist organization leaders) “masterminded the 911 tragedy.” In order to attribute such beliefs or statements to me, you left out part of the quote you use in the article. (The original post is still on my Facebook page for anyone who cares to discover the truth.) Frankly, with this type of reporting, you are the kind of reporter who gives the media a bad name. I am sorry that you succumbed to any pressure that may have been placed on you by others to sink to this level. Based on my time getting to know you and your work, you are capable of much better than this. – Martha