I’ve been very interested in the corporate media reaction to the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan. The headline in my local paper reads “Conspiracy theories arise in wake of Bhutto’s death.” This is mirrored all over the corporate media, and frankly talk like this burns me up.
“Conspiracy theory” has become a smokescreen phrase; whenever it is applied anywhere — ESPECIALLY in the mass media — it is a cue for people to stop thinking, and consider the person to whom this label has been applied as a crackpot nutjob.
Which of course makes no sense at all. The Bhutto assassination, the 9/11 attacks, the Kennedy assassination, etc etc etc are ALL events that were not carried out only by one person (despite the Warren Commission’s characterization of a “lone gunman”); therefore, any theory about What Really Happened(tm) must by definition be a “conspiracy theory.”
Pretty much anything that happens in politics must also by definition be a conspiracy theory. This obviously included Bhutto’s death, the fact that it was a “conspiracy” goes without saying. There was another attempt on her life in October, and witnesses report both bombs and gunshots going off.
I just wish we could get beyond reactionary ostrich-like putting our heads in the sand at certain trigger words. There are many of these; “conspiracy theory” is one. “Freedom” is another.
But then, as I’ve said many times, there’s a reason they call it “television programming.”