People who rejected this story when it came out were branded as conspiracy theorists. They were told things like:
“If the most widely read newspaper in Germany reported a story as fact, how could anyone deny it?”
“Are we to believe that such a credible journalistic establishment with millions of readers would not do the minimum amount of research needed to verify a story like this? Why would they be so reckless?”
“This wasn’t a small event. It was FIFTY Arab refugees rampaging through the streets, sexually assaulting everyone in sight. There MUST have been dozens of eyewitnesses and police reports, etc.”
No one stopped to think basic, common sense things like: “In this alleged frenzy, how could anyone tell that these were Arabs let alone refugees? Were they holding up their documentation in the middle of the rapings?”
For some reason, it is always those who are more inclined to distrust official reports who are considered irrational conspiracy theorists.