YouTube Removes Top-Trending Video Accusing Florida Shooting Survivor of Being Actor

Survivors of the Florida school shooting in recent days have become the subjects of conspiracy theories.

Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh stays away from the "child actors" meme but does argue that the students are being used: "Everything they're doing is right out of the Democrat Party's various playbooks".

"By co-opting theater-trained youth and turning them into celebrities, the left is attempting to brainwash the countless kids who aren't politically based on their fear of being implicated in a school shooting", The Gateway Pundit says.

There's another way to read these attacks: The far right is anxious that Parkland will finally force real gun reform in a purple state like Florida. It suggests that he is an "actor". In Florida, an aide to Republican state Rep. Shawn Harrison was quickly fired after he suggested to reporters that the students being interviewed on television were "crisis actors".

The students proved quite capable of defending themselves Tuesday.

Hogg also responded to the erroneous claims, telling CNN, "I am not a crisis actor".

The conspiracy theorist who posted the video posited that it proved Hogg was an actor, because he was in L.A. six months before the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.

"And the fact that some of the students at Stoneman Douglas High School are showing more maturity and political action than many of our elected officials is a testament to how disgusting and broken our political system is in America". "That's not OK, and that's not acceptable and we need to fix that".

The Parkland school shooting, the 18th school shooting in the 2018, is almost one week old, and it doesn't feel like any of the others quite yet. "Before the shooting. Posing behind an news anchor desk? My father is a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent", said Hogg.

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Other conservative pundits have attacked the students for, uh, smiling in a photo with a TV news anchor, for using social media, and for hitting back at Trump for his tone-deaf tweets.

Kevin Hogg told Cooper that "my career has been flawless".

On Facebook, conspiracy theories like this video were promoted under the trending topic "David Hogg", with more than 1 million views.

Infowars' attack was no surprise.

Similar hoaxes were spread online following other mass shootings, including the 2012 assault on Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT. "Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured", he said on his radio show in January 2015. It's our responsibility to to cross-reference the facts we come across, whether by other news sources or with the ample amount of information that is ready available at our fingertips, and to make judgment calls only after reaching a solid conclusion. It was liked more than 22,000 times.

Kevin Hogg-the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg, who has been outspoken in the wake of the mass shooting at his school last week-addressed on Tuesday the brewing right-wing conspiracy that he had coached his son to speak out against President Donald Trump.

He also said he doesn't understand the hate he's suddenly facing.

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