Rotten Reporting: Greenville Official Sets Off Internet Conspiracy Theory

Stay classy John Liston. There’s no better time to weave a conspiracy theory than when a little boy is killed in tragic accident.  Someone sent me a link to a Daily Mail article that claims that the horrible fatal accident in Spartanburg Park was potentially sabotage.

Sabotage! Where would people get that idea:

Sabotage could have played a part in a horrific miniature train derailment which left a six-year-old boy dead and 28 others injured, officials said.

The sinister twist came as a memorial service was held for Benjamin Easler, who died in the crash, at the church where his father is the pastor in Charleston, South Carolina.

Neighbouring Greenville county, which runs a similar miniature train at one of its parks, said that the crash was not an accident.

Greenville’s recreation commissioner John Liston told MailOnline for the train to come off its tracks on its own would be unlikely.

‘It doesn’t go that fast. It would take an act of sabotage,’ he said.

Oh really?

The lead agency investigating the weekend crash of a miniature train at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg says there is no evidence of “sabotage.”

Capt. Art Littlejohn with the Spartanburg Public Safety Department said investigators have found no evidence of that, adding that Saturday’s crash was a tragic accident.

“We don’t have any indication that it was foul play whatsoever,” Littlejohn said.

Talk of sabotage appears to stem from a quote given to The Greenville News by a Greenville County Recreation Department commissioner. That quote has led to a firestorm of speculation on the Internet by national and international media outlets.

In other words John Liston, aided by the awful Greenville News, spread a conspiracy theory that came straight out of his ass. Nice.

Go ahead and Google this moron’s name, there you’ll see hundreds of hits for people who are still spreading this hokum. I’m sure that when the grieving family runs across this stuff later in life they’ll appreciate Liston’s words of wisdom.

Nice job checking into whether or not Liston was talking out his ass before helping him kick off this firestorm Richard Walton. It’s just a story about a dead kid so why tread cautiously.


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