As Cass Sunstein promotes his new book, “Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas,” he avoids talking about JFK conspiracy theories. He didn’t mention JFK in his Reddit AMA last week, though in Bloomberg he uttered the phrase “assassinations of national leaders.”
Sunstein prefers to talking about conspiracy theories to talking JFK facts.
By contrast, when Sunstein talks to Kirkus Review about 9/11 conspiracy theories, he sounds certain of himself, and I can’t disagree with anything he says.
From the interview:
KIRKUS: The lead piece in the book is about how a conspiracy theory can find an audience even when there’s no evidence to support it. Can you give me a good illustration of that?
SUNSTEIN: The idea that the U.S. or Israel was behind the 9/11 attack is an example of a conspiracy theory. So far as the evidence can be found, it’s a very false conspiracy theory.
KIRKUS: How did that find an audience?
It was a combination of people who don’t like the United States very much in some countries, people who don’t like Israel very much in those countries, were partly motivated by their feelings about those two countries and seizing on apparent ambiguities about what happened. If a person gives an account that appears credible to non-experts, then the idea can get traction.
(via Cass Sunstein in Kirkus.)
Sunstein expresses no such certainty about the JFK story because the factual case against conspiratorial interpretations of November 22, 1963, is relatively weak and filled with daunting questions like:
How does a Harvard Law professor impeach the testimony of 21 cops at the crime scene?
And, if the CIA isn’t hiding anything, why are they hiding these top secret 7 JFK files, containing more than 3,000 pages of material that has never been seen by the public?