February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

UNITED STATES, [US]--Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social network users, according to a new study from the University of Oxford. The study, from the university’s “computational propaganda project”, looked at the most significant sources of “junk news” shared in the three months leading up to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address this January, and tried to find out who was sharing them and why. “On Twitter, a network of Trump supporters consumes the largest volume of junk news, and junk news is the largest proportion of news links they share,” the researchers conc  

January 1, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

WASHINGTON, [DC]--During the past year, there were two major developments on the political and media landscape. The first, which started before 2017 but picked up steam during the past year, was that traditional conservative media, already a conduit for conspiracy theories, became increasingly open to amplifying misinformation from the far-right. The second was that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president — a man who would embrace conspiracy theories to an extent that no high-ranking public official, much less the president, had ever done. When combined, these developments led to some conspiracy theories, which started off in far corners of the internet, reaching members of the House of   

December 20, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

WASHINGTON, [DC]--A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security promoted several far-right conspiracy theories in past radio appearances. Frank Wuco, a former naval intelligence officer and conservative talk radio host, has served as the White House adviser to DHS since January and leads a team tasked with helping to enforce President Donald Trump's executive orders. A KFile review of more than 40 hours of Wuco's radio appearances shows he regularly promoted unfounded conspiracy theories that have been spread by members of the far right over the years. Among the conspiracy theories Wuco pushed were claims that former President Barack Obama's memoir was ghost written by   

October 11, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

[US]--If there's anything you've got left to do on your bucket list, you'd better go ahead and start doing it! Mark your calendars for October 15th, because that's when the apocalypse begins, apparently. That's according to conspiracy theorist, David Meade, and reported by everyone from Newsweek, Time and The Sun. If you need a refresher, he's the same guy who said doomsday was going to take place on September 23rd, 2017. Meade thinks it's all because of Planet X, or Nibiru, which he previously claimed would hit Earth on September 23rd and wipe billions off the planet. NASA thinks it's all bogus and issued a statement saying the "hidden Planet" doesn't exist, so there will be no collision.   

October 5, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

UNITED STATES, [US]--The horrid massacre in Las Vegas, NV, in which a shooter killed at least 58 people and injured hundreds, has turned message board users and right-wing internet trolls into do-it-yourself (DIY) sleuths attempting to solve the crime themselves. Their investigations, based on leaked photos or unconfirmed gossip, have resulted in wild conspiracy theories that would be laughable if prominent right-wing media figures -- ranging from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to Fox News’ newest prime-time host, Laura Ingraham -- weren’t amplifying the wannabe-gumshoes’ voices in an unscrupulous effort to exploit the tragedy to their political advantage. Previously, DIY investigative  

September 19, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

AUSTIN, [TX]--In her custody battle against InfoWars’ Alex Jones, the host’s ex-wife Kelly Jones has launched an “info war” of her own. The former Mrs. Jones is launching a website, alexjonesx.com, on Wednesday to reveal presumably incriminating information about the right-wing conspiracy theorist. Despite a family court ruling that the former married couple would share custody of their three children, Jones continues to fight for sole custody — and his ex-wife is battling back. “I’m going to point out all of his horrible outrageous behavior,” she told the Daily News, “but I’m not out to disparage the man. He is the father of my children. I’m standing up to the bully.  

August 12, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

ZANESVILLE, [OH]--A YouTube conspiracy theorist who federal authorities previously suspected was involved in reporting a dirty bomb at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina had an unrelated case dismissed in Zanesville Municipal Court. In June, George W. Sweigert, 56, was booked into the Zanesville City Jail for having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated. At the time of his arrest, the FBI had alerted Zanesville police to be on the lookout for Sweigert, who agents believed was in the area. Sweigert was arrested at about 2 a.m. on June 15 on Playford Avenue, off of Hamline Avenue, in Zanesville. The call was reported to the Zanesville Police Department as a suspicious vehicle,   

July 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

AUSTIN, [TX]--Would you go to war against your fellow Americans to show your support for President Donald Trump? For the last several months, that’s exactly what broadcaster Alex Jones—a favorite of the president—has been calling for. In his radio show, on YouTube and on his Infowars website, Jones—who never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like and who has pushed the notion that Sandy Hook was faked—has been announcing that the United States is on the verge of a bloody second civil war. Like the radio DJs in Rwanda, Jones has been egging on his conservative listeners and viewers—an estimated 2.7 million people monthly—to kill more liberal fellow citizens over their politica  

December 5, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

WASHINGTON, [DC]--A North Carolina man was arrested Sunday after he walked into a popular pizza restaurant in Northwest Washington carrying an assault rifle and fired one or more shots, D.C. police said. The man told police he had come to the restaurant to “self-investigate” a false election-related conspiracy theory involving Hillary Clinton that spread online during her presidential campaign. The incident caused panic, with several businesses going into lockdown as police swarmed the neighborhood after receiving the call shortly before 3 p.m. Police said 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, N.C., walked in the front door of Comet Ping Pong and pointed a firearm in the direct  

November 7, 2016 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Conspiracy Theories

WASHINGTON, [MO]--The mother of two boys who were abducted and fatally shot by their father on Saturday described her husband as “a very attentive, loving, over-the-top caring individual for these boys.” “And that’s the part I don’t understand,” Elisa Sartorius-Cadenbach, 40, said in an interview on Sunday. While police were looking to arrest Christopher Cadenbach on Saturday for domestic abuse against her, he took their two boys, Ethan, 5, and Owen, 4, from his mother’s house in Lemay. Then, police said, he killed the boys and fatally shot himself as St. Louis County police officers closed in on him at Cliff Cave Park. She said she had recently told her husband after nine year