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Originally posted by captaintyinknots
As many who have read my posts of late have notice, I am very concerned about the public view on conspiracy theorists these days. I look at the way our freedoms are being erroded, and I wonder how much longer it is until we are not free to discuss what we see.
As many who have read my posts also know, I put a large part of the blame on US for allowing our right to speak to trump logic. So much of what is out there these days, on so many topics, is baseless. People seem to have forgotten what the burden of proof is.
So I set out to see what kind of news coverage we are getting these days. We have all seen the threads on the bigger names discussing it. The Cooper's and the Morgan's and what have you. So I did a quick google search.
Here is a taste of the amount of news articles out there that mention 'Conspiracy Theorists' over the last week:
Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theory Video Debunked By Experts
Why Sandy Hook Massacre Spawned Conspiracy Theories
Sandy Hook Conspiracy Theories Go From Idiocy to Active Harassment
Now, conspiracy theorists call him a pedophile and a satanist and ...
Gene Rosen, Sandy Hook Hero, Harassed By Conspiracy Theorists Who Claim He's An Actor
Birther Conspiracy Theorists Still Believe Inauguration Won’t Proceed
Sandy Hook truthers: Conspiracy theorists out in full force
Conspiracy theorists claim Sandy Hook tragedy is elaborate government hoax
Sandy Hook school shooting conspiracy theory taken to cruel lunacy
Right-wing extremists, conspiracy theorists behind Gun Appreciation Day
Leave It to a Conspiracy Theorist to Fight with the TSA
Well, you see what I am getting at. There are over 8 pages of headlines from just the LAST WEEK. I havent even come close to being able to look through them all yet.
Eyes are on you, ATS. What will you do with it?
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by captaintyinknots
When you read some of those headlines I have to agree there are a great many lunatics operating at a very high level of efficiency. It sounds a little like you are mixing up conspiracy theorist with something like fact finder. They are not the same and one is correct while the other is only surmising.
Originally posted by Grimpachi
The reason we are drawing such attention is that the standards of us, those who should provide the burden of proof when making claims has fallen to such a low point that in many instances it is nonexistent.
Nothing more than someones spidey sense tingling or they feel that a person’s facial expression is not satisfactory.
There has been such an influx of so called truth seekers who do not understand the concept of providing evidence to back up their claims and they make no attempt to do so.
It is almost like they are spitballing or thinking out loud when they type out these ideas. Inevitably some latch on to these ideas but there was never any evidence to back them up.
We are brought down by the lowest common denominator and that will always be the most outlandish or disgusting among us. Unfortunately the darkest and lowest of our ranks are the ones the media gives attention to and that is why our credibility is destroyed. We have failed to self-govern ourselves when we could and should have where the burden of proof should be demanded. Instead many just let it slide and that is the same to the media as us approving of such tactics.
The MSM only needs a 5 minute slot to shine a spotlight on us when we let ourselves slip to such darkness and that 5 minute piece destroys years of work. It is unfortunate but it is the facts of how it works.
edit on 17-1-2013 by Grimpachi because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Ginga
Good list there
I hate the term "conspiracy theorist". Whenever I have tried to explain things to friends, whether it be 9/11, Princess Di or whatever, I get the, "Oh no, you're not a conspiracy theorist are you?"
There definitely seems to be a media campaign to ramp up the dislike of people who search for the truth on stories. What I do find encouraging of many stories online is a great deal of comments are by people who are not prepared to have the wool pulled over their eyes any longer.
Originally posted by WaterBottle
If the conspiracy were true they'd be ignoring it.
All Sandy Hook conspirators do is discredit any real conspiracy out there.
edit on 16-1-2013 by WaterBottle because: (no reason given)