Filed Under: “Conspiracy theories”

Anti-vaccine ideology gains ground as state lawmakers target existing rules for kids’ shots

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Movement has gained momentum amid the coronavirus pandemic, boosting the reach of high-profile anti-vaccine activists


Embracing uncertainty may be a better way to cure conspiracist thinking

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If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, labels can make the truth that much harder to find


Alex Jones keeps losing defamation lawsuits, but the underlying issues behind them remain unresolved

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The question of whether private figures who become temporarily famous should face stricter defamation claim standards has yet to be resolved in court


Ghost stories tell us more about ourselves than the supernatural creatures they describe

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Resorting to the supernatural to explain the unexplainable is a failure of imagination


Analysis: Russian state-owned media outlets published thousands of articles promoting QAnon talking points

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Media outlets directly owned or operated by Russian agencies have been spreading QAnon themes to gullible Americans


Heeding Steve Bannon’s call, election conspiracy theorists are taking over the GOP to continue Trump’s lies

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After being forced out of the Trump White House, the ousted former Breitbart editor sees election delusion as a path to return to power


Ivermectin isn’t being ‘suppressed’ as a Covid-19 treatment, it’s being investigated, because that’s how science works

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Desperate for a cheap Covid-19 cure, many people have prematurely latched onto a drug that’s only been proven as a treatment for tapeworms and other parasites


On vaccines, deliberate ignorance shouldn’t be treated the same as hesitance

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Coddling delusions doesn’t make them go away, it makes them stronger


White House press secretary Jen Psaki is handling right-wing media trolls perfectly

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Courtesy and an unwillingness to countenance conspiracies are the key to the Biden administration’s strategy for handling far-right media


Trump is long gone from the White House, but QAnon is still going

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Instead of collapsing after Joe Biden became president, the QAnon movement has shifted to other topics, particularly opposing vaccines


 

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