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Ed Driscoll

The Inevitable Rise of the Tsarnaev Truthers

April 23rd, 2013 - 12:06 pm

On September 11th, 2001, I remember watching the horrors on TV with my wife and leaning over to say, “You know it’s only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories begin and somebody starts blaming this on the government.” When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon last Monday, the speed of social media meant that the conspiracies began near instantaneously. (“It’s a government false flag operation, maaaan!”)  Which naturally flows into this post from Neo-Neocon on “The Inevitable Rise of the Tsarnaev Truthers:”

It was a foregone conclusion that almost as soon as the bombing occurred and evidence began to churn out—and especially after the photos of the young and somewhat telegenic Dzhohkar were flashed around—a certain segment of people would begin (along with the Tsarnaev brothers’ parents, who at least have the excuse of being their parents) proclaiming the brothers’ innocence.

Sure! The Tsarnaevs were framed. Patsies! And all those people in the crowd with all those photos were part of the plot. As for the cop killing and the final shootout and all that—well, after all, wouldn’t anybody act that way?

Like the Soviet ambassador in Dr. Strangelove, their source was the New York Times. In more ways than one.

And note this:

I predict that there will soon be a market for T-shirts with Dzhohkar’s picture on them a la Che, if it’s not already happening.

Oh. I see that it’s already happening.

Will they buy the whole collection?

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THE NY SLIME reporter said the boys politics were "jumbled" b/c he was a believer in conspiracy theory- sadly NY reporter is so absolutely ignorant that she is unaware ALL MUSLIM media are into conspiracy - the ZIONIST one!@!! when it comes to ANY topic- they always go to "the JOOOS " did it- it does coincide with USA nutcases troofers but that does not make these guys troofers
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A lot of the Tsarnaev truthers seem to be girls who have fallen head over heels for White Hat.

Someone so sensitive and artistic can't possible do bad things...
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"People mistrust the government."

But they trust it enough to keep voting for more and more of it.
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Couple of reasons and one the Wired article hints on. People mistrust the government. It's in our pop culture (every political thriller has the government as the bad guy) and educational system and media outlet. We've been bombarded by every slick campaign that there are some that imagine that some marketing guy is proposing breaking some law to get "coverage".

Second, the world is complex and there are a lot of misinformation, rumor, spin, etc. out there. Conspiracy theories are oddly comforting - there is a clearly defined bad actor, and a good actor. Everything makes sense in a twisted way. There is no random, mindless action but everything is going according to a set narrative.
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the Protocols of Zion - the inspiration for all truthiness tinfoil hatters- it worked for Stalin and it working on our uneducated/hater children
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