Revealed: Highly Orchestrated Police State Campaign to Brainwash Law-Abiding Citizens Into Giving Up Their Rights

 March for Our Lies

FOI Request Reveals March For Our Lives planned MONTHS before shooting

On March 24, 2018, one month and ten days after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, student-led pro-gun control “March For Our Lives” demonstrations took place across America, including in Washington, D.C.
The word “Our” in March For Our Lives refers to students.

From Wikipedia:

March For Our Lives was a student-led demonstration in support of tighter gun control that took place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C., with over 800 sibling events throughout the United States and around the world. Student organizers fromNever Again MSD planned the march in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety. The event followed the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, which was described by many media outlets as a possible tipping point for gun control legislation.

Never Again MSD (MSD refers to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School) is a group started on social media as a movement “For survivors of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting, by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas Shooting” using the hashtag #NeverAgain.

Public demonstrations, especially those that are large-scale like March For Our Lives, require a permit from the police department of the city in which the demonstration will take place.

A source of European researcher Ole Dammegard contacted the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department concerning the permit for the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Dammegard’s source received the following email from Officer Scott C. Earhardt of the Homeland Security Bureau of the Metropolitan Police Departmentand forwarded it to him:

Good morning,

In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018. MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event.
If your are requesting additional information reference this event, please follow the below steps to file your Freedom of Information Act request:
If your have any additional question sor concerns, please feel free in contacting me directly.
Officer Scott C. Earhardt, Badge No. 2372
Homeland Security Bureau
Special Operations Division
Planning and Logistics
Metropolitan Police Department
2850 New York Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002
202-671-6529 (Office)
202-671-6522 (Planning)
202-671-6511 (Station)
Below is a screenshot of the email (source: Professor James Fetzer):
According to the PDF document, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington.D.C.Scott Earhardt indeed is a detective there. Here’s a screenshot I took from page 6 of the 65-page document:
Some Facts:
  1. The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School occurred on February 14, 2018.
  2. A day after the shooting, on February 15, 2018, MSD students formed the group, Never Again MSD.
  3. On March 24, 2018, March For Our Lives demonstrations took place in Washington, D.C. (and other cities).
  4. Among the organizers of March For Our Lives is Never Again MSD, which had not existed before February 15.
  5. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department received a permit application for March For Our Lives demonstration “several months prior to the actual event”.

Questions:

  1. How can Never Again MSD apply for a permit “several months” BEFORE the group had even been formed?
  2. How can an application be made for a permit for a “March For Our Lives” demonstration “several months” BEFORE the Parkland MSD school shooting that galvanized MSD students to form the Never Again MSD group that organized the demonstration?

Read More: https://www.lightonconspiracies.com/foi-request-reveals-march-for-our-lives-planned-months-before-shooting-took-place/

The counter-evidence consists of:

(1) A purported March For Our Lives (MFOL) permit application, dated February 20, 2018

Below are screenshots of the permit application, dated February 20, 2018 and signed by Deena Katz, a Hollywood producer and casting director chosen by MSD student survivors to organize the March. You can also view the permit application online here.

There are just two things wrong with Deena Katz’s MFOL permit application:

  • The permit application is a National Park Service application, the 4-page NPS Form 10-941, not a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department application which is completely different (see Metro PD’s “Application For Parade Permit” here). In other words, Katz’s National Park Service permit application has nothing to do with Metro PD Officer Scott Earhardt or his email and, therefore, cannot be used to refute the authenticity of Earhardt’s March 28 email.
  • Page 4 of NPS Form 10-941 specifies: “Hand deliver or mail completedapplication”. But the Deena Katz application is incomplete, leaving many questions unanswered and boxes unfilled, including all of page 3. All of which means the application likely would not have been accepted and processed by the NPS.
(2) Emails from Officer Earhardt stating a much later date for the MFOL permit application

To begin, according to page 5 of the District of Columbia Mayor’s Special Events Task Group’s (MSETG) Special Events Planning Guide:

The organizers of proposed special events are required to present event proposals to the MSETG and receive the concurrence of the group prior to the issuance of permits or licenses by the permit-granting agencies . . . . Presentation requests in the form of a Letter of Intent (LOI) must be received no less than ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY (180) DAYS prior to the date of the event and are processed up to one year prior to the proposed date of the event. The LOI should be addressed to D.C. Mayor’s Special Events Task Group; 2720 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE, 2nd Floor; Washington DC 20032. The LOI may be submitted to loi.msetg@dc.gov.

Note that 180 days = 6 months, which is certainly consistent with Officer Earhardt’s March 28 email’s “several months”.

Several claims have been made of emails from Officer Earhardt, in which he contradicts what he had said in his email of March 28 to Ole Dammegard’s contact.

In a YouTube video, Nathan Stolpman of Lift The Veil Productions claims he received an email from Officer Earhardt saying the MFOL permit application was “filed” on March 13, 2018, instead of “several months” before. Below is a screenshot of the email:

In an April 3 follow-up email to Ole Dammegard’s contact, Officer Earhardt writes that he had misspoken in his earlier email of March 28. Instead of the permit application being received by Metro PD “several months” before, it actually had been received “several weeks” before the March:

“After reviewing my previous email, I had misspoke. It was not several months, it was several weeks prior to March 24th. MP actually received the permit application on February 21st and the permit was issued March 7th.

Note: Light On Conspiracies is Ole Dammegard’s blog.

On April 3, 2018, a reader of FOTM also emailed Officer Earhardt concerning the permit application dates, who quickly responded. In two successive emails on April 3, Officer Earhardt states that:

  • Metro PD received the MFOL permit application on March 7 — only 17 days before the March.
  • Metro PD issued the MFOL permit on March 13, which means the March organizers had only 11 days to prepare for the large-scale demonstration involving thousands, if not tens of thousands of people coming from all across the country.

Here are screenshots of Earhardt’s emails:

All of which is most confusing because Officer Earhardt has given different dates for the MFOL permit application:

  • In his email of March 28, he said Metro PD received a permit application “several months” prior to the March For Our Lives.
  • In his email to Nathan Stolpman, Officer Earhardt said Metro PD received (“filed”) the permit application on March 13, 2018.
  • In his April 3 email to Ole Dammergard’s contact, Officer Earhardt said Metro PD received the permit application on February 21, and issued the permit on March 7.
  • In his April 3 emails to a FOTM reader, Officer Earhardt said Metro PD received the permit application on March 7, and issued the permit on March 13.

In other words, Officer Earhardt has given:

  • Four different dates for Metro PD receiving the MFOL permit application:
    • “several months”
    • March 13, 2018
    • February 21, 2018
    • March 7, 2018
  • Two different dates for Metro PD issuing the MFOL permit:
    • March 7, 2018
    • March 13, 2018

Given the different dates he’s given for when Metro PD received the permit application and when Metro PD issued the permit, we have no reason to believe Officer Scott Earhardt. In all probability, his first email of March 28 to Dammegard’s contact is most likely the truthful one — that D.C. Metropolitan Police Department received an application for a permit for March For Our Lives “several months” before the March. That in turn implies that, contrary to how the March had been presented to the American people, the Parkland school shooting is not the inspiration for March For Our Lives and may even have been planned and contrived.

What Officer Earhardt said in that March 28 email is also consistent with the instruction in DC mayor’s Special Events Planning Guide — that organizers of proposed special events like March For Our Lives, must submit a Letter of Intent no less than six months before the event.

H/t Brian H., Harold Saive, and James Fetzer.

See also:

~Eowyn

Fellowship of the Minds

Not Everyone Trusts the Mainstream Media Narratives Around Parkland

List of People Who Belive in Gun Ownership

Operation Hogg Wash Blown Wide Open

SOTN quite purposefully memed the Parkland false flag shooting Operation Hogg Wash from the get-go. See: OPERATION HOGG WASH: Phase I of Deep State’s Psyop to Impose Strict Gun Control Measures Nationwide

It was pointed out in the same exposé that a highly radioactive scandal would eventually result from this glaring psyop now known as H O G G g a t e. See HOGGgate: The Inevitable Consequence of OPERATION HOGG WASH

However, we had no idea at that time just how much “Hogg Wash” we were really fed by the MSM.  For instance, with each passing day more hard evidence is uncovered which clearly indicates that the alleged shooter Nikolas Cruz is completely innocent and was set up as a patsy.

When we first observed crisis actor Emma Gonzalez co-leading the student movement for new gun control laws in Florida, SOTN was immediately suspicious.  Her persona-altering shaved head and perfect talking points were 2 BIG red flags.  That Emma is a gay leader in the Parkland LGBT community is another major issue, especially in light of the fact that the Broward County Sheriff Commander who admitted to giving the stand-down order was the senior ranking captain. STAND DOWN ORDER GIVEN BY COMMANDER

Of course, David Hogg was always an obvious crisis actor and puppet beholden to his CIA handlers.  His back story only gets more revealing about the actual Operation Gladio C black operation designed to strip Americans of their gun rights. OPERATION EAGLE EYE: Code Name for the 2018 Valentine’s Day Massacre

The bottom line is that this government-sponsored mass shooting was carried out by Deep State in order to abolish the Second Amendment.  Only when the Right is completely disarmed will the Left launch the civil war planned by the New World Order globalist cabal. See: Soros-funded ‘National Gun Control Movement’ is all about starting an American civil war

David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez Are Cousins

CRISIS ACTOR, EMMA GONZALEZ, who is acting in the role of Student Advocate for Gun Control is also a HOGG!

In fact, her and DAVID “Camera” HOGG are COUSINS:

EMMA’s mother is KATHERINE J. GONZALEZ and her maiden name is HOGG:

Here, we see the FAMILY connection between DAVID’s father, KEVIN HOGG and EMMA’s mother, KATHERINE J GONAZLEZ.  They are SIBLINGS:

KATHERINE lives in TORRANCE, CA. and her FACEBOOK photos reveal many now familiar HOGGs.

Here we have DAVID’s sister, Lauren:

KEVIN and KATHERINE’s mother, is DOROTHY J HOGG:

Here we have a young DAVID with his GRANDMOTHER, DOROTHY:

And here we have EMMA’s BROTHER also with his GRANDMOTHER, DOROTHY:

By comparison, here you can see that EMMA is clearly a HOGG:

EMMA of course is NOT a student at Douglas High School. Here she is at her actual high school graduation in California:

Read More: http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=96393

OPERATION EAGLE EYE: Code Name for the 2018 Valentine’s Day Massacre

The CIA-Directed, FBI-Protected False Flag Attack on Stoneman Douglas High School

“Parkland was fundamentally a military operation.
The multiple shooters and support personnel were
expertly trained in Israel…by the IDF.  Because this
black operation was another Gladio psyop, the thing
is way too deep to investigate.  Or even analyze.  No
one can figure out these false flags because they’re
made to be confusing on purpose.  The complexity
of Parkland is classic joint CIA-MOSSAD operation.
The perps executed on a strictly need-to-know basis.
Every piece was highly compartmentalized.  Even
the code name — Operation Eagle Eye — was known
to but a very few in the chain.”

— Intel Analyst & Former Military Officer

REMEMBER THIS:

The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Boston Patriots to win Super Bowl LI on February 4, 2018.  As soon as this historic upset transpired, some of US in the patriot movement knew that we had to be on the lookout.

Not only did this unexpected Eagle’s victory go against the prevailing odds in a big way, it triggered major riots throughout the city of Philadelphia.  Those manufactured Philly riots saw “looting, cars overturned, street lights toppled, fires set, fights, and extensive property damage”[1]  Who really incited them is the real question?

In other words, the Deep State knows that citizen riots and protests will eventually be required to remove President Trump from office.  And they used Philly to send the message to the purple revolutionaries nationwide.

Quite significantly, “the point spread had the Patriots as 4.5-point favorites, but instead, the Eagles won this game outright”, according to SB Nation.  The game stats showed that the Patriots were a far superior football team, but they lost anyway?

Exactly how the Patriots really did lose that has a LOT to do with the fact that the Super Bowl is always fixed in advance.  Every bookie from Vegas to London knows that.  Just like every patriot and truther now knows that every mass shooting is a false flag black operation and psyop. Especially the school massacres.

KEY POINT: The Eagles from ultra-liberal and anarchic Philadelphia pulled off a HUGE victory against the more conservative and orderly Patriots, whose hometown was the site of the Boston Tea Party that was carried out by the Sons of Liberty.

The most critical point here is that Super Bowl 2018 was but a prelude to the false flag mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School.  In this way, the predatory bird known as the American “Eagle” killed the freedom-loving American “Patriots”.  The Illuminati at the top of the food chain take great pains to foreshadow their most fateful acts of terrorism with occult symbolism.

Isn’t this exactly what happened at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, just 10 days after the Super Bowl on February 14—Saint Valentine’s Day.

KEY POINT: The first Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, which occurred on February 14, 1929 in Chicago, has some extraordinary similarities to the false flag mass shooting in Parkland. The 1929 press accounts reported: “Two of the shooters were dressed as uniformed policemen, while the others wore suits, ties, overcoats and hats. Witnesses saw the “police” leading the other men at gunpoint out of the garage after the shooting.”   Fast forward to Valentine’s Day 2018 and everything points to either military or SWAT team commandos having done the shooting spree at the Parkland high school.  The one shooter was totally armored up in full combat gear. ‘Why is the police here? This is strange.’ — High school teacher who witnessed the shooter firing his rifle

How does a photo of David Hogg like this ever get taken except by purposeful design?

More: http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=95666

The FBI Now Admits It Could’ve Prevented the Florida High School Shooting

(ANTIMEDIA) — Amid the fallout from the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, FL, that left 17 dead, the FBI and local law enforcement received widespread criticism for their inability to prevent the shooting despite multiple warning signs and opportunities. On Tuesday, the FBI admitted these failures to the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing focused on how the bureau handled tips about Nikolas Cruz prior to the massacre.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich met with members of the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, acknowledging that, as the House Judiciary Committee’s press release put it, “opportunities were missed.”

That release summarized the takeaways, which have already been highlighted in media reports:

In September 2017, the FBI received an Internet tip from a video blogger about a threatening comment posted to a YouTube video the blogger had posted. The comment stated, ‘I am going to be a professional school shooter,’ and was posted under the username ‘nikolas cruz.’”

According to the hearing, an FBI office in Mississippi received that tip, but after officials investigated it, they closed the case because “it lacked personal identifiable information on the user who posted the threatening comment” (the username “nikolas cruz” was evidently not enough for the agents to go on).

Apparently, however, the agents could have done more:

The agents tasked with the case could have requested assistance from YouTube to attempt to identify the user who left the comment, but determined that the United States Attorney’s Office in that region was unlikely to agree to such a request.”

On another occasion, a friend of the Cruz family called the FBI tip line and, according to Bowdich, provided sufficient information for the bureau to follow up. But as the press release noted, “the call taker did not ask any standard investigative probing questions during the call” despite the caller saying she worried Cruz “going to explode” and that she feared him “getting into a school and just shooting the place up.”

The agent who took the call spoke to their supervisor, but that conversation was not documented. Worse, as the press release summarized:

At the time, the call taker was able to connect information about Nikolas Cruz to the September 2017 tip about the threatening YouTube comment. Despite these connected dots, the call taker and supervisor decided to not pursue the matter further and the case was closed.”

They also declined to contact local authorities even though the caller told them Parkland police were also aware of the threat Cruz posed. “Better information sharing between federal and local law enforcement may have prevented the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the summary of the hearing noted.

Bowdich admitted “there were failures and that corrective actions will be taken,” including conducting separate reviews of the two above instances and providing better training for call takers working the tip line.

Though the FBI is often glorified in entertainment and has received increased support in recent months thanks to its its pursuit of potential corruption within the Trump administration, the government agency has a long history of nefariousness.

Though it is successful in using informants to instigate potential terror attacks, then foiling them and taking credit for keeping the public safe, it appears that despite its tip line, widespread surveillance methods, and immense manpower, the agency continues to fail to live up to its reputation.

Read More: http://theantimedia.com/fbi-florida-high-school-shooting/

The Shooting Only Lasted 6 Minutes But David Hogg Claims to have Biked from his Home in Time to Hide in a Closet and Interview Classmates During the Shooting

No one is going to suddenly hear about a shooting, bike three miles, enter a school on lock-down, hide in a closet, and have time to interview fellow students… in a six minute interval. So what’s up? 

Sneak peek: 39 Days – a CBS News Special

“On the day of the shooting, I got my camera and got on my bike and rode as fast as I could, 3 miles from my house to the schoool, to get as many interviews as I could….”

SmokingGunHogg

This is a composite video made up of 3 different clips that are all from one recording allegedly made by David Hogg while the Florida school shooting was taking place.

Student journalist interviewed classmates as shooter walked Parkland school halls

By Dakin Andone, CNN
Updated 10:49 AM ET, Sun February 18, 2018

(CNN)David Hogg found himself living a nightmare on Wednesday, hiding in a closet with classmates as a crazed gunman roamed the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, unleashing a torrent of bullets on students and teachers.

Huddled in the dark, trying to keep quiet to avoid the gunman, students called their parents to tell them in hushed voices that they loved them.
“That’s kind of around the same time that I just had to pull out my phone,” Hogg, a 17-year-old student journalist, told CNN in a phone interview Friday.

Timeline of shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

2:21:33 p.m.
– Cruz begins shooting at classrooms 1215, 1216 and 1214.
– Cruz returns to classrooms 1216 and 1215, and then to classroom 1213.
– Cruz takes the west stairwell to the second floor.
– Cruz shoots one victim in classroom 1234.

2:27 p.m.
– Cruz takes the east stairwell to the third floor.
– Cruz drops his rifle and backpack and runs down the stairs.
– Cruz exits building 12 and runs toward the tennis courts.

In the Internet Age, Governments and Media Can Lie Only Because We Let Them

david-hogg-mug-shot

Who is David Hogg, Florida Parkland School shooting survivor?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, metropolitan Miami, Florida, a young man named David Hogg has appeared in many TV news videos and interviews, such as this one:

This is what David Hogg claims to be:

  • 17-year-old student, a senior, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (CNN).
  • The son of a FBI agent — the federal agency that is so maligned by President Trump.
  • He and his family moved to Florida several years ago, when he was a freshman. Hogg once wrote on Reddit about moving in the middle of his freshman year and how hard it was because so many people in high school weren’t authentic (Heavy).
  • Hogg is an aspiring broadcast journalist.
  • He said he was in his environmental science class when he heard the first gunshots, and that they never had an active shooter drill at the school.
  • He told CNN that during the shooting, he hid in a closet in the school — where he is a student. He said all he could think was “Tell the story.” So, while the gunman was shooting, the very brave Hogg pulled out his phone and interviewed people near him about what was happening because “I want to show these people exactly what’s going on when these children are facing bullets flying through classrooms and students are dying trying to get an education. If I was going to die, I wanted to die doing what I love, and that’s storytelling. And this is a story that needed to be heard. … At least our echoes, our voices would carry on and possibly make some action.”

Here’s the video Hobb took while he was hiding in a closet. So calm and so brave in the midst of a MASSACRE! — and with the presence of mind to advocate gun control!

But then, here’s a video of Hogg flubbing his lines. What survivor of a bloody school shooting does that?

And here’s David Hogg and other students who just survived the hellish ordeal of a bloody shooting massacre, having watched their fellow students get shot to death and wounded, laughing and whooping it up right before they put on their grim, sad faces for the TV camera.

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Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schoolstold the Tampa Bay Times that David Hogg (as well as another student “survivor” Emma Gonzalez) is indeed a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

“These are absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas. They’ve been there. I can verify that. Anything to disparage such brilliant and passionate youth who have the courage to stand up and do what they’re doing, I just think it’s outrageous and disrespectful for someone to make those allegations.”

The only problem with the above is that it was posted on Facebook that David Hogg had actually graduated more than two years ago, in 2015, from the Redondo Shores High School in Redondo, part of Greater Los Angeles, California.

And here’s confirmation that David Hogg is a 2015 graduate of Redondo Shores High School — he registered as one on Classmates.com.

Below is a screenshot I took of David Hogg’s page on Classmates.com, showing the time (11:43 am) and date (2/21/2018) when I took the screenshot, in case Classmates removes the page. The page is also archived here.

Now we know why he was captured in a TV news video in August 2017 in Redondo Beach, California, thousands of miles away from Parkland, Florida.

If David Hogg had already graduated from a California high school more than two years ago, in 2015, that means:

  • He is not 17 years old, but is at least 19.
  • He is not a student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  • He was not “hiding in a closet” in Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting, filming himself advocating gun control.

Please contact Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools, and ask him to produce evidence that David Hogg is registered as a student at Stoneman Douglas High School. To send him an email, click here.

UPDATE:

There is a systematic effort to discredit the David Hogg 2015 Redondo Shores High School Yearbook as a “far right conspiracy theory”. See Business Insider.

It is said that the t-shirt worn by the student two rows above Hogg in the yearbook indicates that the yearbook is actually Stoneman Douglas High School, because the eagle is the mascot of Stoneman Douglas High School.

But the Stoneman Douglas High School t-shirts available don’t look like the one in the yearbook photo.

Stoneman Douglas High School t-shirts

 

The shirt worn by the student two rows above David Hogg in the yearbook is most likely a Philadelphia Eagles t-shirt (h/t Vivian Lee):

Philadelphia Eagles shirt
UPDATE (FEB. 22, 2018):

Joey Wong tweeted a video showing the Yearbook with David Hogg’s pic is not Redondo Shores High School, but Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

See also:

~Eowyn

Read More: https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2018/02/21/florida-parkland-school-shooting-survivor-david-hogg-is-a-fraud/

Agenda Machine Behind Parkland High School Youth Activists is Revealed

As expected, it has been revealed that there is a big-money, big-media agenda behind the latest mass shooting reaction.

The name of the game is that they attack our rights and bypass our reason by using our emotions against us…

This won’t be the end. These operations against the American people will continue until the controllers get the reaction they want.

Why Did It Take Two Weeks To Discover Parkland Students’ Astroturfing?

Hogg with Earpiece

“Can you believe these kids?” It’s been a recurring theme of the coverage of the Parkland school shooting: the remarkable effectiveness of the high school students who created a gun control organization in the wake of the massacre. In seemingly no time, the magical kids had organized events ranging from a national march to a mass school walkout, and they’d brought in a million dollars in donations from Oprah Winfrey and George Clooney.

The Miami Herald credited their success to the school’s stellar debate program. The Wall Street Journal said it was because they were born online, and organizing was instinctive.

On February 28, BuzzFeed came out with the actual story: Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz aiding in the lobbying in Tallahassee, a teacher’s union organizing the buses that got the kids there, Michael Bloomberg’s groups and the Women’s March working on the upcoming March For Our Lives, MoveOn.org doing social media promotion and (potentially) march logistics, and training for student activists provided by federally funded Planned Parenthood.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers told BuzzFeed they’re also behind the national school walkout, which journalists had previously assured the public was the sole work of a teenager. (I’d thought teachers were supposed to get kids into school, but maybe that’s just me.)

In other words, the response was professionalized. That’s not surprising, because this is what organization that gets results actually looks like. It’s not a bunch of magical kids in somebody’s living room. Nor is it surprising that the professionalization happened right off the bat. Broward County’s teacher’s union is militant, and Rep. Ted Lieu stated on Twitter that his family knows Parkland student activist David Hogg’s family, so there were plenty of opportunities for grown-ups with resources and skills to connect the kids.

That’s before you get to whether any of them had been involved in the Women’s March. According to BuzzFeed, Wassermann Schultz was running on day two.

What’s striking about all this isn’t the organization. If you start reading books about organizing, it’s clear how it all works. But no journalist covering the story wrote about this stuff for two weeks. Instead, every story was about the Parkland kids being magically effective.

On Twitter, I lost track of the number of bluechecks rhapsodizing over how effective the kids’ organizational instincts were. But organizing isn’t instinctive. It’s skilled work; you have to learn how to do it, and it takes really a lot of people. You don’t just get a few magical kids who’re amazing and naturally good at it.

The real tip-off should have been the $500,000 donations from Winfrey and Clooney. Big celebrities don’t give huge money to strangers on a whim. Somebody who knows Winfrey and Clooney called them and asked. But the press’s response was to be ever more impressed with the kids.

For two weeks, journalists abjectly failed in their jobs, which is to tell the public what’s going on. And any of them who had any familiarity with organizing campaigns absolutely knew. Matt Pearce, of the Los Angeles Times, would have been ideally placed to write an excellent article: not only is he an organizer for the Times’s union, he moderated a panel on leftist activism for the LA Times Book Festival and has the appropriate connections in organizing. Instead, he wrote about a school walkout, not what was behind it. (In another article, Pearce defined Delta caving to a pressure campaign’s demands as “finding middle ground.”)

But it’s not just a mainstream media problem. None of the righty outlets writing about Parkland picked up on the clear evidence that professional organizers were backing the Parkland kids, either. Instead, they objected to the front-and-centering of minor kids as unseemly, which does no good: Lefties aren’t going to listen, and it doesn’t educate the Right to counter.

The closest anyone got was Elizabeth Harrington at the Washington Free Beacon, who noted that Clooney’s publicist was booking the kids’ media interviews pro bono, and said that a friend (not Clooney) had asked him to do it. The result of all this is that the average righty does not understand what’s going on in activism, because all they see is what the press covers. The stuff that’s visible. It’s like expecting people in the Stone Age to grok the Roman army by looking at it. Conspiracy theorists happily fill this ignorance vacuum.

On one hand, sure, the issue with people who believe in crisis actors and various other kinds of conspiracy theories is that they’re susceptible. If they didn’t believe in crisis actors, they’d believe in something else (and they probably do). But on the other hand, I think one reason there’s an opportunity for righty conspiracy types to get all hopped up on goofballs with respect to protests and such is the abject failure of the Righty establishment to explain to its people how protests actually work.

This results in occasional hilarity when the Right tries to organize its own protests. For example, then-Internet celebrity Baked Alaska tried to create pro-Trump flashmobs in Los Angeles during the election. His efforts consisted of posting times and locations online. And that’s it. You see this attitude often among Righties: “We have the Internet! We’ll post a notice and people will show up!” Well, no; they won’t.

It’s not that Baked Alaska needed a magical kid, because there are no magical kids. There’s just hard work, and our press and politicos do everyone a disservice when they pretend otherwise. Here’s an example of how to turn out people, cribbed from “Organizing for Social Change,” the activist manual published by the Midwest Academy, which has been around since 1973 and has trained over 30,000 activists, some of whom went on to found their own training schools.

Say you run an organization that wants to impress a city councilman, and you’ve landed a meeting. You want your group to look bigger than it is. You’ve got 15 dedicated people you know will go, but you want to show the councilman 60 people.

The first thing you do is get 10 people from other groups (you do know other ideologically aligned groups in the area, right?). That leaves 35 people. To get them, you don’t post an ad on Craigslist. You look in your database of people who’ve signed your petitions or whatever. Call and ask them to come.

If they say yes, call them again a day or two in advance to confirm. Of the people who say yes twice, only half will actually show up. So you need 70 people to say yes twice. Expect to make seven times that number of phone calls to get them. That’s 490 five-minute phone calls, which breaks down to five people a night making phone calls for five straight nights.

That’s a little more work than posting an announcement on Facebook. And that’s organizing. It’s not magical kids, and it’s not George Soros sprinkling money around. It’s hard work by people who’ve trained to do it.

Now that the organizations are more open about their involvement, at some point the Parkland kids will go into the background a bit in media exposure, the same way Deray and Linda Sarsour did. That’s part of how organizing fame works these days: Two Minutes’ Heroes, in frequent rotation. But the problem remains: until the press covers organizing campaigns accurately, organizers will be able to punch above their weight politically even if they don’t win every election.

In his excellent book “Hegemony How-To,” leftist organizer Jonathan Smucker wrote, “Power tends to appear magical to those who have less of it, and mechanical to those who are accustomed to wielding it instrumentally.” Or, for that matter, to even seeing it instrumentally.

For two weeks, journalists treated power as if it were magical. It’s not. It’s mechanical. The people organizing the response to Parkland, and a host of other causes, know that. So should you.

David Hines is a specialist in forensic science and international human rights, with an extensive background working in conflict zones. He tweets at @hradzka.

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