Conspiracy: It's Not Just a Theory

RECEIVED Wed., July 20, 2005

Dear Editor,
    While not particularly inspired, I've felt compelled to make some response to Louis Black's latest “Page Two” [July 15]. A couple of weeks ago I e-mailed him with the argument that the Downing Street Memos were further proof of a conspiracy to establish an international police or prison state. He e-mailed back, understandably, that there would be no dialogue on the subject. I understood that to mean not that he was afraid of demonstrating his position was wrong (oversimplified, that the Bush administration is merely a problem of lies and greed, they are not the arch-criminals responsible for 9/11), but that he is a busy man and weary and wary of all the conspiracy theorists' contentions. In both his response and recent “Page Two,” Mr. Black states that, after all, the Chron several years ago did print an article at least acknowledging the claim that the Bush crime family has direct ties to Nazi Germany circa World War II. While that is commendable, I feel that printing it one time, then dropping it, is the same thing as burying it. This happens all the time in major papers (New York Times, etc.) where a story supporting a conspiracy paradigm will appear buried deep in the paper, never to see any follow-up. I would think good journalistic principles would dictate that a claim of this magnitude would be revisited or debunked once and for all. Recently, Texas Monthly interviewed George Bush Sr. and asked him point-blank about his father's support of the Nazis, which he of course denied; nevertheless, this is a current and hot topic. Black wrote, "The Democrats appear to be adolescents throwing tantrums (regarding the D.S.M.)." To hear one of the most articulate, comprehensive tantrum throwers, tune into The Randi Rhodes Show on Air America Radio.
Sincerely,
Kenney C. Kennedy
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