– Conspiracy theories becoming conventional wisdom: Barrett (PressTV, July 14, 2013):
Recent psychological and sociological studies in the US and UK indicate that the so-called “conspiracy theories” about contested events such as 9/11 are turning into the conventional wisdom, an analyst says.
According to a psychological study of online discussions of news articles comparing pro and anti-conspiracy comments, those who disbelieve government accounts of such events as the 9/11 and the JFK assassination outnumber believers by more than two to one, Kevin Barrett said in an article published by Press TV on Friday.
“That means it is the pro-conspiracy commenters who are expressing what is now the conventional wisdom, while the anti-conspiracy commenters are becoming a small, beleaguered minority,” he said.
The analyst went on to say that studies showed that those who accept the official versions of contested events often displayed “anger and hostility” possibly due to the fact that their conventional views no longer represent the majority.
Barrett noted that those who favored stereotypical versions of news events turned out to be “fanatically attached” to their own conspiracy theories as “indisputably true”.
“For people who think 9/11 was a government conspiracy, the focus is not on promoting a specific rival theory, but in trying to debunk the official account,” he pointed out.
The analyst added that it was the CIA that invented and popularized the term “conspiracy theorists” as part of a propaganda campaign to smear and defame people questioning the JFK assassination.
“In other words, people who use the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” as an insult are doing so as the result of a well-documented, undisputed, historically-real conspiracy by the CIA to cover up the JFK assassination. That campaign, by the way, was completely illegal.”
He said that anti-conspiracy people seek out information that confirms their pre-existing beliefs, while using irrational mechanisms to avoid conflicting information.
He concluded that the CIA’s old campaign to stifle debate using the “conspiracy theory” smear is nearly “worn-out” adding, pro-conspiracy voices are now “more numerous” and “more rational” than anti-conspiracy ones.