Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Earlier today a story was released regarding a group of journalists who plotted to protect presidential candidate Senator Barak Obama from the Rev. Wright scandal (see story). Is it really so surprising? The media has done an excellent job marginalizing anyone who uses the word conspiracy. Today anyone using the "C" word is branded a nut job, conspiracy theorist, ... and immediately discredited. If I were involved in conspiracies I would think that a great first step to hiding them in plain sight would be to create an environment where anyone making claims of one would be considered a fool.
prosecuted for Ponzi schemes that rob the innocent and trusting. Wherever the opportunity to gain money, power, or prestige exists there will invariably be found those conspiring to attain them using unethical or illegal means. Read "Mao, the Unknown Story" and you'll be appalled at the “conspiracies” he was involved in and how he was able to rewrite history to cover them up.
We would be foolish to think that today's politicians and journalists have any higher moral character than those in business, who are regularly pilloried by the press and political office holders.
In reading the story about the Rev Wright conspiracy which, as of now, has been run by only one major news outlet (is that a surprise), I am reminded of Allen Drury's great political fiction series (published between 1959 & 1975): "Advise and Consent", "A Shade of Difference", "Capable of Honor", "Preserve & Protect", "Come Nineveh, Come Tyre", and the alternate ending "The Promise of Joy". These are great books that are relevant today and contain hidden truths about how politics works and the media operates. They are on my recommended reading list. Over the years I've given several sets to friends. While they are not in print today you can readily find used copies.
You might also enjoy reading this post from on a website entitled “The Mind Unleashed” which discusses a 2013 study “What about building 7? A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories.”