For a group that talks about them with contempt, our journalists just LOVE to spread crackpot theories.
This past Thursday, on March 4, Washington was paralyzed. The National Guard troops were placed on high-alert with their unloaded weapons, the security fencing surrounding the Capitol was fortified, and Congress suspended its daily schedule. This was all done in preparation for a renewed assault on our nation’s capital and our democracy. The reason? The devotees of Qanon — that amorphous and overhyped cabal of political zealotry — were supposedly claiming that is the true inaugural date and that a failure of a Trump swearing-in ceremony would lead to renewed violence.
The Washington Post eventually came out to sheepishly report the empty streets seen in D.C. that day revealed something completely different: ‘’A March 4 threat from militant Trump supporters proves a mirage’’. This should be an abject embarrassment for the Democrats in Congress and the members of the media, but this is Washington we are speaking about; that emotion does not exist inside the beltway.
This non-episode reveals two details on the whole Qanon issue. One is that the press is intent to use this group as a political tool to attack conservatives, presenting their crackpot theories as mainstream thought within the movement. This attempt however exposes the other issue. In order to wield this weapon, the media needs to both pay close attention to Q theories, and then they need to broadcast them. What takes place then is the press taking these conspiracies far more seriously than anyone on the right; almost anytime I have heard of a Q talking point it is being promoted by someone in the press
The result: the embarrassment of last Thursday. The press has been so enamored over these conspiracy theories that they have developed their own version — dubbed BlueAnon. The industry that strives to deride conservatives for allegedly being beholden to Q-theories is actually borderline obsessed with conspiracies themselves. Here is the significant difference — while the hated Q-hysterics derive from randos on the internet, in the case of BlueAnon it usually involves crackpot theories pushed by the mainstream media.
Thus, to illustrate just how widespread these efforts have been, here is a list of just some of the wild claims we have witnessed being delivered in the press; you know, those people who despise conspiracy theories.