Conspiracy Theories of the Right and the Left
Guest: Robert Parry, investigative journalist of Consortium News
Some conspiracy theories are proven: for example, the connections between the George H. W. Bush and Rev. Sun Myung Moon and between Moon and North Korea.
Others are unproven: the Right’s claim that Democrats are to blame for the information on Mark Foley coming out in October or that the Clintons killed Vince Foster. Or the Left’s claim that Bush intentionally caused 9/11.
What causes partisans of the Left or the Right to seek to place everything that happens in a paradigm where the other side can be blamed? How are we to distinguish between good journalism — getting the “inside scoop” on facts that powerful forces would conceal — and wishful thinking?