Heres more of the WLRN-Miami Herald News interview with Tracy:
Q. Do you challenge any of the basic facts of Newtown?
There are certainly people that lost their loved ones, there is no doubt of that. What I looked at primarily was the media coverage, and that leaves much to be desired in terms of finding out more specifically what took place.
Q. The idea that you are some sort of crazy person, obsessed with conspiracy theories: How do you respond to that?
That is a way to dismiss the discussion of controversial issues, and its been done for years. The term conspiracy theorist was devised in the 60s, and it was utilized by the CIA to quiet academics and authors and journalists because theres nothing worse than being called a conspiracy theorist because then your judgment on a wide variety of concerns that comprise your livelihood are called into question. Its time to get beyond these pejoratives because they stand in the way of more serious inquiry into extremely important events and issues.
We look at under-investigated stories, stories that will fly under the radar of CNN or NBC that will not capture public attention, though it may be tremendously important. These things can be easily dismissed as being conspiratorial.
Q. Do you think news consumers are not thinking critically?
Yes, and it goes beyond journalism and news. As a society, we are encouraged to defer to experts .. . As a result, a lot of decisions are made for us by government and corporations that are not in our best interests.
Q. Have you damaged your career with your Newtown theories?
Whether [FAU] will choose to revoke my tenure and terminate me, I am prepared for that. I believe that it would not make the FAU administration look very favorable in the longer scheme of things if they do not stand up for academic freedom. In fact, [university] President Mary Jane Saunders, it was one of the themes at her inauguration, where she spoke about the defense of academic freedom. I continue to believe that is something she values.
Q. And a simple take-away for the rest of us?
Simply to think more critically when taking in the affairs of the day through the media.