The term Doomsday Preppers has been in numerous headlines this week. While some of the press has been because of the Mayan calendar’s end of the world prediction, a major source of Doomsday Prepper headlines has been the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
In the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings the “news” of Nancy Lanza’s prepper association was documented in the British publication “The Independent” as well as the “Daily Mail.” Both started publishing articles last weekend talking about Lanza as a prepper and survivalist.
The British tabloids are the source for much of the negative press regarding preppers. The publications would be considered tabloids here in the US, publishing articles with sensational headlines hoping to stir up emotions.
A search on articles about preppers in the Daily Mail over the last year turns up dozens of articles on the topic, and several variations of the story connecting Nancy Lanza, Mother of Sandy Hook school gunman Adam Lanza, to the prepper community.
Blogs all across the United States were using headlines tying together Nancy Lanza and Doomsday Preppers, all linking back to numerous Daily Mail articles.
One recent article stated that there are three million preppers in the United States that are preparing for the end of the world. A search for the source of those figures turned up several articles that quoted three million preppers in the United States. All of the articles that quoted that figure linked their source to a Daily Mail article published in February.
After following links back to the original source of the three million preppers number the article gives no real clues as to how the number was determined. Was it hits to prepper websites? Membership in certain clubs or organizations? Or just a number pulled out of thin air?
We consider this column on being a prepper as a vehicle to educate. We try our best to be neutral, but occasionally take a cynical jab at the world. In this case we were just trying to understand the reasons behind some of the recent negative spin on preppers.
We considered giving this article the title, “Preppers should be very afraid of British tabloid journalism” but we did not want to offend any legitimate journalists.
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