Once upon a time, the term “conspiracy theory” was used to describe an alternative explanation for an incident or event that was considered outside of the mainstream – one that was not necessarily accurate or even possible, but that nevertheless stirred the imagination.
Detractors would cast those who espoused a conspiracy theory as some sort of far-out kook who had lost control of his or her reasoning abilities, offering up an explanation for an event that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Today, however, the tactic has changed: Now, detractors use it to hide the fact that the theory being offered is actually the right story, and that the detractor’s version is the lie.
The campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is a perfect example. In recent days, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook appeared on a TV show that was aired by the cable news outlet MSNBC. Mook wasted no time at all before taking potshots at Republican presidential nominee nominee Donald J. Trump and his newly hired campaign manager Steven Bannon, the chairman of Breitbart News LLC.
Calling Trump and Bannon bullies, Mook went on to attack Trump’s political positions, calling them conspiracy theories and predicting that as the campaign stretched into the fall towards the November elections, Americans would be treated to more of them.
But Mook’s accusations aside, the fact is that Trump’s positions are premised on the realities of what has been occurring over the past nearly eight years under President Obama and one of his chief allies, former Secretary of State Clinton:
–The economy: Trump’s basic message of “Make America Great Again” is premised on largely on the fact that the U.S. economy has been on life support since the day Obama took office. During Obama’s tenure the U.S. economy has never managed 3 percent growth in a single quarter, making him the first president in history to achieve that dismal statistic.
–Job creation: Trump has said the Obama administration has hurt job creation through overregulation, mostly, and at times job growth has just been pathetic. In May, for instance, the ‘mighty’ U.S. economy created just 38,000 jobs, which, statistically, was essentially none at all.
Trump tweeted that the awful job creation figure was a “bombshell” and, had another president who was not a Democrat been in office, the mainstream media would surely have agreed. In fact, Obama has presided over the weakest post-World War II recovery in modern history.
Those figures and Trump’s characterization of them are not “conspiracy theories,” they are cold, hard, documentable facts. And indeed, if the Clinton campaign did not think so as well, why is the Democratic nominee offering her own jobs creation plan, if everything under Obama has been swell?
So in order to hide these realities, the Clinton people must cry “conspiracy theory!” whenever Trump makes truthful claims about the issues, while also calling him names – to hide the reality of what he’s saying. ‘Conspiracy theory,’ then, has become a tool used not so much to discredit someone as it is to detract from the truth.
The evidence is clear
The mainstream has also adopted a similar tactic when it comes to food and health and a range of other issues, as we have reported:
— For years shills and paid academic hacks for Monsanto have tried to shut down honest research and truthful reporting about the health hazards of GMO foods and glyphosate, the principle ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. In recent years studies have shown that GMO maize fed to rats causes massive tumor growth and premature death, while Monsanto itself knew decades ago that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
The evidence is clear: Today’s charge of “conspiracy theory” is very likely an attempt to discredit an opponent by someone who is attempting to hide the truth for their own selfish reasons.