The Brenner Brief is a blog run by Sara Marie Brenner, a former Powell city councilwoman and wife of Ohio State Rep Andrew Brenner.    Mr. Brenner is a regular contributor to the blog, having recently written a piece that received nationwide attention, claiming that “Public education in America is socialism” and the only solution is to “privatize everything” just like the Soviet Union did 25 years ago.

Yesterday, the blog published an article titled: “Was Sandy Hook a hoax designed to advance gun control laws?”

The piece was written by Fred DeRuvo, who is listed as an assistant editor of the site.  DeRuvo also runs a right-wing ministry where he claims to fight “the scourge of Leftist politics and policies that seem to be gaining a foothold in America.”   

In his piece, DeRuvo follows the “logic” of conspiracy theorists who claim the AP was somehow in cahoots with the Obama Administration, faking the massacre at Sandy Hook so President Obama could use the incident to take away everyone’s guns.  The “proof” according to DeRuvo, are some AP photos that supposedly had been dated prior to the shooting.   The “evidence” is shown in a poorly made YouTube video with a computer-generated voice over.

“To create an event like Sandy Hook takes tremendous planning. Even so, with the best of minds, things will come to light that at the very least cast a shadow over the truthfulness of said event” writes DeRuvo. “If Sandy Hook was an artificially created and staged event to allow the government to use fear to gain the advantage over the 2nd Amendment, we can bet we will see more of these events over time. Why? Simply because the government has not gotten what it wants.”

The article has since been removed and replaced with a message claiming the author and the owners of the blog do not believe Sandy Hook was hoax.  “Due to some believing that the writer, Fred DeRuvo, was saying that Sandy Hook was a hoax, this story has been removed from Brenner Brief News.”  The message stresses that “neither Sara Marie Brenner nor Andrew Brenner believe that Sandy Hook was a hoax.”

Here’s a screen-shot of the original article.


  • Bruce Price

    Daily Kos is having a wonderful time bitching and moaning about this Brenner article.

    Well, let me assure everyone there, and here, nothing new is said in this article. Almost from the day Sandy Hook happened, there were people on the Internet pointing out discrepancies and inconsistencies. Here we are 15 months later, and all the same discrepancies are still being pointed out and more are being added. You should help your readers understand that this is a VERY fractured official story.

    Also, you could discuss the underlying theme at Daily Kos, etc. that looking for the truth is somehow offensive. What we need more of in America is the truth. Your local paper is probably not going to give it to you.

  • Think.

    The “Brenner Brief” is a hoax.

  • john curry

    Hey, Bruce, do you believe the Earth is flat? If so, I have a slightly run-over Rand McNally that I’d make you a great deal on?

  • buckeyewill

    Ah yes, Larry King in those wee hours on radio warned his audience about “the wacko Right.”

  • Brian T. Higgins

    Ahem. So Mr. Price, would you care to share with us your views on Common Core as well? Perhaps? Hmm?

  • After so many years being told “Obama’s going to take our guns…” I’m not enthused about your theory. Come back when you have some actual evidence.

  • SlapFat

    Cascade logic is always very active in the minds of conspiracy theorists. Their defense is always reliant upon something that is in turn implied by something else that cannot be proved, over and over again. Essentially it’s like arguing with somebody over whether they really have a magical, invisible friend.

  • Bruce Price

    As for Common Core, here is a more general article:

  • Retrofuturistic

    When you allow religion into government, both the religion and the government become fascist. People in this country better do something to counteract the influence (and tax-exempt church funds) of the far right or things are going to go back to the Dark Ages very quickly.

  • Cynthia

    I lived in Danbury till last year, and went to Sandy Hook way back in the sixties. That school has been closed now for about four years – they just use it for ESL classes, AA meetings, and as a civil service testing center. They have teen recreation stuff there during summer. We all figured it to be a big FEMA drill or something – but you can’t blame everyone for getting in on it. My niece owns the laundry mat there and got over six figures for lost business, straight from the governor.

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