by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: And who says that package wasn’t sitting around since July 12th? Well, the same people who would be sued if it was sitting around since the 12th, that’s who. (H/T Mike W)
Yesterday I wrote about a ludicrous new narrative coming out of Fox “News” which claimed that they now had what amounts to a “stick figure drawing confession” from James Holmes, conveniently sent by him prior to the shooting. The narrative has been fixed, the story massaged. The problematic aspects of the story have been weeded out by those in control of the public image of this case.
The degree and manner to which the official story has changed reminds me of another meme tossed out after it’s problems were revealed. The “slumped’ story.
“Among the images shown in the spiral-bound notebook’s pages were gun-wielding stick figures blowing away other stick figures” Fox News
The story centered around a professor at the nearby university contacting the FBI and telling them he thought he had a package that had been sent to him by the shooter. They went there and the package was not sent by the shooter so for some reason they searched the campus post office and found that there was indeed a package which had been there since July 12th that WAS sent by the shooter.
The source said police and FBI agents were called to the University of Colorado Anschutz medical campus in Aurora on Monday morning after the psychiatrist, who is also a professor at the school, reported receiving a package believed to be from the suspect. Although that package turned out to be from someone else and harmless, a search of the Campus Services’ mailroom turned up another package sent to the psychiatrist with Holmes’ name in the return address, the source told FoxNews.com.” Fox News
According to the Fox “News” article, that package was a nifty little bit of evidence showing that Holmes had drawn little stick figure illustrations of what he intended to do. Can’t ask for a more damning bit of evidence than that can you?
I pointed out the absolutely ridiculous nature of narrative in an article called Aurora Massacre: Stick Figures!? You’ve Gotta be F*cking Kidding Me. But then I also pointed out as well that if this were the case and the “evidence” was supposedly there since July 12th, then the post office and or the university would be sued til the end of time. Had they done their jobs, this entire thing would have been avoided.
“… the parcel may have sat unopened in a mailroom for up to a week before its discovery Monday, a law enforcement source told FoxNews.com.” Fox News
The story was carried by other “news” agencies like the Huffington Post complete with the “stick figures” and the mistaken package storyline.
But then the story has changed considerably.
NBC “News” ran a story last night on their prime time show in which they make mention early on of the “writings’ of Holmes in the spiral notebook.
- Gone – is any mention of the stick figure drawings.
- Gone – is any mention of the professor calling the FBI and telling them he had a package from Holmes.
- Gone – is the story of the mistaken package and then the real package.
- Fixed – is the narrative that the package sat there for a long time before being “discovered” by the feds (no lawsuits now)
- Fixed – is the narrative of how they found out about it in the first place (the “uncooperative” Holmes who has not confessed, told them about the confession stick figures just like the “uncooperative” Holmes warned the cops about the traps he set for the cops)
The new narrative directly conveniently addresses several problems of the first in that it was extremely implausible that some professor would mistake one package as being from a suspected mass murdered just to have another coincidentally waiting to be discovered that was from him or the fact that someone was going to be sued and as it turns out, the campus post office isn’t attached to the USPS. These are problems. That says nothing of the ridiculous “stick figure confession’ aspect of the whole thing.
But let’s think about this for a second: uncooperative Holmes not only saved officer’s lives by warning them of the traps, but he also made the entire case for the prosecution. How much more “cooperation” do they want?
When I see something like this, unfortunately I am old enough to remember a similar news shift back when JFK was assassinated. The establishment press constantly pushed the notion that JFK “slumped” when shot. Even John Connally was told to make mention of that fact. He said he looked over his shoulder after hearing gunshots and saw the president “slump” over before his head was blown off and Connally himself was hit multiple times.
Once word got out that the first shot definitely missed, the slump story had to be slightly revised. Connally then stated that he in fact did NOT see the president “slump’ because with a set limit of three shots being fired, there was no way that Kennedy could have been hit prior to John being hit since the “magic bullet’ had to do all that damage to both of them prior to the head-shot.
When you have a story change this dramatically, you have to wonder about it. Is it possible that the official “sources” quoted in the Fox News story got it so wrong as to miss the target on the time-frame and the source of the information leading to the discovery of such an important piece of evidence? Let’s face it, if Holmes himself tells prosecutors about the notebook, it’s that pretty much a confession in itself regardless of the context of the notebook? Don’t ya think that little tidbit of info might have trickled down to the reporter at Fox?
He slumped. He didn’t slump. Perhaps the stick figures will reveal all. We can only wait and see.