TracyvFAU — Civil Rights Case Garners National Media Coverage

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The James Tracy Legal Defense Fund‘s activities have come to fruition in a very significant way. As may MHB readers already know, James Tracy v. FAU et al. was filed in United States District Court on April 25, 2016. The case has thus far been covered by an array of national media, including CBS, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek, and Inside Higher Ed. 

CBS, “Report: Sandy Hook Denier Launches First Amendment Lawsuit,” April 26, 2016.

Colleen Flaherty, “The Alleged Conspiracy Grows,” (original title, “Sandy Hook Denier Alleges Union Conspired with Florida Atlantic University to Fire Him,” Inside Higher Ed, April 27, 2016.

Max Kutner, “Sandy Hook ‘Truther’ James Tracy Sues Florida Atlantic University Over Firing,” Newsweek, April 26, 2016.

Richard Pérez Peña, “Newtown Conspiracy Theorist Sues University That Fired Him,” New York Times, April 26, 2016.

Lulu Ramadan, “James Tracy, Conspiracy Professor, Sues FAU For Wrongful Termination,” Palm Beach Post, April 26, 2016.

Susan Svriuga, “Professor Who Says Sandy Hook Was a Hoax Sues College That Fired Him,” Washington Post, April 26, 2016.

And for good measure here’s an unsurprisingly brief “update” from a South Florida network affiliate.

Admittedly, no mass media outlet can thoroughly address all facets of a 49-page suit. Still, some of the organs above, in particular the Washington Post, Newsweek, and Inside Higher Ed did delve in to the case and offered impartial reports; only the Washington Post’s story actually linked to or provided a full copy of the TracyvFAU complaint.

On the other hand, the Palm Beach Post editors’ suggestion that this is a “wrongful termination” action is somewhat misleading. In fact, the suit involves defense of the constitutional rights shared by all US academics and lay citizens.

Alternative investigative journalists including Dave Gahary and Jon Rappoport have also covered the case (here and here) as many MHB readers are aware.

The defendants have now retained counsel and have petitioned for extensions to file their responses; the judge has referred all parties to mediation, a mandatory maneuver preceding the formal litigation process. A trial date is set for May 1, 2017. Additional information on case developments will immediately be made available via the Florida Civil Rights Coalition.

Those who may wish to support Prof. Tracy’s legal action can find out how to do so by visiting the James Tracy Legal Defense Fund.

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15 thoughts on “TracyvFAU — Civil Rights Case Garners National Media Coverage”

  1. A trial is set for ONE year from now……FAU will likely not act in good faith at any time during the trial, should it go to trial. I feel FAU will settle, however. Once Trump is elected, the judiciary crooks will realize there’s a new sheriff in town.

    1. I wondered how long it would be before some MSM outlet trotted out the “Sandy Hook DENIER” propaganda term, presupposing the veracity of the official SH narrative, and evoking their same vilification of researcher/revisionists of a certain dubious WW2 “event.”

  2. Funny, WPTV published that youtube clip in your article on May 26, and added they’d have a follow up with more details in their evening edition. But a search yielded no relevant finds. Did they broadcast the follow up, even on TV? Or were they ordered by someone not to bring any more attention to the story, prompting many viewers to dig deeper? Did they contact you for an interview, Dr. Tracy?

    A youtube search: https://youtube.com/results?q=%2B%22James%20Tracy%22%20WPTV%20News%20%7C%20West%20Palm%20Beach%20Florida

  3. Proud to contributed my measly amount to such a wonderful cause. Dr. Tracy, you are our hero. I’ve learned so much from you because you are a consummate professional in your field. It inspires me to be the best academic I can be. I have a long way to go to reach your qualifications.

    I couldn’t be more proud of the fellow who’s given me such optimism in the academy. That person in you, James.

    Thanks for giving us a reason. We rally behind you. May you be blessed in all your activities and have happiness in spite of attempts made to bring you down.

    Hang in there and take strength from the knowledge that you are doing what is morally right.

    –Paul

  4. Thanks for letting me know what MSM has done, as I certainly would never know, having given up that vice long ago.

    I object to the term “lay citizen” as disparaging to folks who choose not to buy any letters to put after their name (such as “P”, “h” or “D”). But after giving the use of the term more thought, it turns out to be more disparaging to the term’s user, as by referring to the common man as “laity”, he is by inference referring to himself as a member of the clergy, a faith-based group of people, who regularly bypass rational thought, in favor of belief. When I read such a phrase, I can almost hear the little snort afterward, as if to cleanse the nasal passages of the smell exuding from the unwashed masses. It turns out to be very revealing of those who live in ivory towers, and have little knowledge of real life. It is a phrase turned by someone who considers himself a member of an elite, who turns out to have no awareness of his own ignorance.

    Just sayin’.

    1. I agree-the term “lay-citizen” is an insulting absurdity,
      most of the people involved in world chaos all have Ph.Ds behind their name- :”Piled Deeper and Higher”

      1. Having said that, I have five, maybe six vowels for sale for anyone so inclined to put them behind his name. 😉

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