"Like the unstoppable proliferation of junk science, the laundered conspiracy theory is a stubborn thing. In 2002, after Madsen had declared 9/11 an ‚Äúinside job,‚ÄĚ The Guardian cited him and his ‚Äúsources‚ÄĚ when it reported that the United States Navy assisted a short-lived coup that toppled Venezuelan autocrat Hugo Ch√°vez. No supporting evidence exists for the claim‚ÄĒlike the NSA story, it sounds plausible‚ÄĒbut it has wormed its way into various academic books and is prominently cited in a Wikipedia entry detailing ‚Äúcovert United States foreign regime change actions.‚ÄĚ A quote from Madsen would be quickly flagged; a report from The Guardian lies dormant. The Internet, of course, makes it both far easier to expose frauds like Madsen and to deceive unsophisticated readers and reporters. But with very real revelations of NSA surveillance coming trickling out from The Guardian, is it too much to ask for its sister publication, in its hunger for clicks, to stop undermining its credibility by polluting the news with nonsense stories sourced to nonsense people?"
Posted on: Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:24:50 +0000
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