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This is an attempt to come up with a set of criteria by which we can judge whether a terrorist event is real or fake. I put together a list of behaviors by police, medical and news people.
My idea is to take that tragic event and by objective standards judge it to have been real or staged. Because I wanted a two-column format, I ended up typing it out in Excel and then doing screen caps. I broke it down in to the crime scene, the police and medical responses, the behavior of news outlets, and the investigation.
[The irony here is that the “real event” is fictitious, and the fake events are all real.]
I did not intend for the list to be so long. As one editor I know described the process of reducing a story to its essential elements, it is “addition by subtraction.” I am not very good at that.
I hope this is useful.