I make no secret about the fact that I completely loathe conspiracy theorists. It takes almost no skill or talent to be one of these clowns. All you really need is the ability to creatively find asinine ways to link a few things together (nearly always without a shred of credible proof), then push whatever preposterous theory you’re trying to sell. A bottom-feeder like Alex Jones has literally made millions by peddling this type of foolishness.
The catch to dealing with conspiracy theorists is that you can never win an argument with one. That’s the true
con “nature” of conspiracies themselves – any evidence you use to counter their b.s. is “just a part of the conspiracy.” It’s the old adage “that’s what they want you to think.”
You see this in politics quite often, usually from Republicans. I’ve lost count of the number of ridiculous conspiracy theories conservatives have come up with over the years – especially since President Obama was elected. Hell, we’re over seven years into his presidency and there are millions of conservatives who still believe he’s going to try to confiscate guns.
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is someone who frequently tries to use “media conspiracies” to deflect from answering questions he doesn’t want to answer or try to belittle a journalist who’s called him out on one of his many lies. Ted Cruz actually said that Donald Trump’s rise is a plot by the “liberal media” to make Hillary Clinton president.
Well, even though he was technically off Sunday night for Easter, John Oliver put together a short clip absolutely annihilating the complete absurdity of conspiracy theorists – specifically the conspiracy videos that are found all over YouTube.
If you have a few moments, I would highly suggest you check it out. In hilarious fashion he manages to “link” Cadbury Cream Eggs with the “illuminati.”
It’s no more outlandish than people who think 9/11 was an “inside job,” that Sandy Hook never happened or that President Obama was going to use the Jade Helm military exercise to declare martial law so he could confiscate guns.
For the record, people were actually burying guns during the Jade Helm nonsense. Then again, that’s what we should expect when the governor of Texas orders the state’s guard to monitor the United States military.
While Oliver didn’t specifically address any political conspiracy theories, in today’s world of technology, conspiracy theorists are everywhere in politics – on all sides.
The reason why conspiracy sites have sprung up is because they prey on ignorance, present themselves as credible sources of information, and feed the public’s insatiable appetite for anger and fear. When you combine all of that, there’s a lot of money to be made.
And like I said earlier, it doesn’t take a lot of talent to present bits and pieces of information, spin it all around to create a story that sounds convincing (though leaves out key details – usually facts), then come up with some ridiculously sensationalized headline targeted at a certain group of people knowing that it will likely go viral.
Unfortunately, many people aren’t even aware that they’re following these sorts of sites. They simply think they’re following a new source that’s reliable and honest because, in today’s society, far too many people wrap themselves up in bubbles of confirmation bias where the only information they let in is that with which they already agree.
That’s exactly how these conspiracy theorist con artists sell their lies.
Watch the segment below via HBO: