"Like the unstoppable proliferation of junk science, the laundered conspiracy theory is a stubborn thing. In 2002, after Madsen had declared 9/11 an âinside job,â The Guardian cited him and his âsourcesâ when it reported that the United States Navy assisted a short-lived coup that toppled Venezuelan autocrat Hugo ChÃ¡vez. No supporting evidence exists for the claimâlike the NSA story, it sounds plausibleâbut it has wormed its way into various academic books and is prominently cited in a Wikipedia entry detailing âcovert United States foreign regime change actions.â 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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