Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The cost of conspiracy - Are conservatives more conspiracy minded?

The cost of conspiracy

It’s been quite a month for conspiracies.

The so-called Birther conspiracy took a serious hit among the larger public after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate on April 27.  According to a recent Washington Post poll, most people – other than 14 percent of the most hardcore conservatives – have given up this nonsense.

Still, the hystericals over at World Net Daily, the leading purveyor of Birther propaganda, are out already with a story claiming the birth certificate is a forgery. So far the media and Americans (who can be sure about the order these things happen in?) have been ignoring the story.

Locally, the media has not been so disciplined about Jim Harbison’s outlandish U.N. Agenda 21 conspiracy charges. For example, on April 28 the Las Cruces Sun-News ran a front page story that I’m sorry to say offered wider exposure to his claims. The Sun-News is just the latest example of media outlets mistaking the claims that people are making for actual news.

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