The United Way of Western Connecticut said it rejects conspiracy theories claiming it knew about the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., school shooting three days in advance and leveraged that knowledge to raise money.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs preposterous,‚ÄĚ executive vice president Isabel Almeida told The Daily Caller Tuesday, dismissing what she called a ‚Äúflawed‚ÄĚ Google search result that suggests her organization issued a statement of condolence ‚ÄĒ and launched a support fund for the victims‚Äô families ‚ÄĒ on Dec. 11.
‚ÄúUnited Way extends our most sincere condolences and prayers,‚ÄĚ that statement read, ‚Äúto all those families affected by the devastating events in Newtown/Sandy Hook, Connecticut. ‚Ä¶ Newtown is home. We will stand with the community and everyone affected directly and indirectly by this tragic event as we face the days and weeks ahead.‚ÄĚ
The statement ‚Äúwent out the late evening hours of the 14th, probably between the hours of 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.,‚ÄĚ Almeida told TheDC.
Asked if the statement existed in any form prior to Dec. 14, she replied that it was ‚Äúobviously impossible.‚ÄĚ
TheDC emailed a Google spokeswoman for comment, but the company has not responded.
A public relations firm contracted by the United Way of Western Connecticut, however, forwarded an email to The Daily Caller from an engineer at Google.
‚ÄúThis is a technical glitch on our end,‚ÄĚ the engineer wrote. ‚Äú[T]he date Google‚Äôs search engine first ‚Äėsaw‚Äô the page was 12/14/2012 at 6:58pm. (We‚Äôre looking into a fix, but it may take some weeks.)‚ÄĚ
Meanwhile, another Google search result is adding fuel to the fire. It shows a San Jose, Calif. woman‚Äôs private effort to raise money for the Newtown victims‚Äô families. Google‚Äôs search result shows that Desaree Juarez‚Äôs fundraising page was created Dec. 13, one day before the shooting.
KNTV, the NBC television affiliate in San Francisco took note of it on Dec. 19; but the page, hosted on the ‚ÄúGo Fund Me‚ÄĚ website, no longer exists. Google‚Äôs servers still have a record of it.
One YouTube user wrapped up both Google glitches into a presentation accusing news outlets, public safety officials and the parents of Newtown victims of a mass conspiracy.
‚ÄúThis thing was all made up. The entire media made it up. They‚Äôre all in cahoots. The media, the police, FEMA, the parents ‚ÄĒ every damn body ‚ÄĒ they‚Äôre all in it. And you know why they‚Äôre in it? The money. That‚Äôs not the only reason, because they like to do satanic freak-out crap, okay? But the money is one element for sure.‚ÄĚ
Maybe gun manufacturers and the NRA are behind the whole thing. Gun sales have been through the roof ever since this tragedy. Heck, gun sales spike after any mass shooting like this, so maybe they're behind all of them. Definitely more plausible than a glitch or typo, right? ;-)
Oh sure there is much higher of a chance that our government slaughtered 2 rooms full of toddlers to enact gun control, then that Google's search was wrong about the date. lol