America suffers from the scourge of “crisis actors”…

The true crisis actors

Like clockwork, once again the “crisis actors” quickly appeared on the scene after yet another horrific mass casualty shooting in an American school. These professional actors always take to the media after mass casualties, including terrorist attacks, to spin for public consumption their diabolical plots of intrigue.

After the most recent shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, an attack that killed 17 students and wounded many others, the paid actors were on the scene. One of the first out of the starting gate was conspiracy monger and placebo nutritional supplement salesman Alex Jones of Austin, Texas. As he did after the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and the Las Vegas concert shooting, Jones postulated that the government staged the Parkland school attack in order to seize private weapons in the United States. While that tactic may have worked with the right-wing fringe while Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were presidents, Jones is now suggesting that his fan in the White House, Donald Trump, is presiding over some deep dark plan to use mass shootings to abrogate the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Alex Jones was described by his own attorney as a “performance artist.” Jones is also a professional actor, having appeared in the films “A Scanner Darkly,” starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, and Robert Downey, Jr., and “Waking Life,” starring Ethan Hawke.

Enter crisis actor number two, Jeff Rense, Jones’s erstwhile conspiratorial colleague. In the 1990s, Rense hosted a UFO-focused radio show on KTMS in Santa Barbara. Called “Sightings on the Radio,” the program was the counterpart to the television series “Sightings,” which was produced by Henry Winkler, “The Fonz” on “Happy Days.” As is the case with Jones, crisis actor Rense never misses the opportunity to craft mass shootings as staged events.

A particularly loathsome post-tragedy crisis actor is Lucian Wintrich, a blogger who bills himself as the “D.C. Bureau Chief & White House Correspondent” for the Gateway Pundit. The openly gay Wintrich specializes in conducting “performance art shows.” After the recent Parkland shooting, Donald Trump, Jr. “liked” one of Wintrich’s tweets that called Parkland a staged operation. Wintrich’s fellow gay performance artist, former Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos, is best known for his campus road show, which he bills as “The Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

Another crisis actor is Mike Adams, also of Austin, Texas and like his friend Alex Jones, is a marketer of bogus nutritional supplements. Adams’s Natural News website pushes more than snake oil. As with other mass shootings, Adams suggests that they are all staged. Recently, a Natural News headline of “It’s all THEATER: Florida high school shooting survivor caught on video rehearsing scripted lines, coached by camera man,” was re-tweeted by former rocker Ted Nugent, himself no stranger to professional acting. Nugent appeared in such blockbusters as “Gremlins2: The New Batch,” starring Phoebe Cates; “Nowhere to Run,” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Rosanna Arquette; and “Beer for My Horses,” starring Toby Keith.

Finally, a crisis actor who can always be counted on to play the role of a law enforcement expert is former Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke. Not to be outdone by his fellow crisis actors, Clarke, who was known for adorning his sheriff’s uniform with wardrobe kitsch available on-line and from any Army-Navy store, suggested that the teen survivors of the Parkland shooting were actors paid by hedge fund tycoon George Soros. Clarke often appears on Fox News offering up his best crisis histrionics.

Crisis actors hide behind the protection of the First Amendment. However, actual professional acting organizations, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, should publicly condemn the post-mass casualty crisis actors for their complete disregard for the truth and lack of respect for the families of the victims of mass slaughter.

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