Tag Archive for Cass Sunstein

The 2016 election and the secret CIA memo targeting ‘conspiracy theorists’

Viewed dispassionately, “conspiracy theories” are controversial political messages about secret power. They purport to tell us how the world really works, as opposed to official accounts of government and experts. At a time when the credibility of federal government and news organizations is low, conspiracy theories flourish at the expense of public authority.

Credible or not, conspiracy theories have shaped the course of the 2016 presidential campaign. Conservative strategists Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone claim that Hillary Clinton has organized a conspiracy to conceal her own dire medical condition. Liberals Ezra Klein and Cass Sunstein warn that conspiracy theories distort our political discourse and endanger the political process. Who’s right?

 

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JFK Facts podcast: The trouble with conspiracy theories and their critics

Jefferson Morley and Alan Dale discuss Cass Sunstein’s ideas concerning conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists.

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What Cass Sunstein and the New Yorker get wrong about conspiracy theories

Ezra Klein and Cass Sunstein have some sensible things to say about the disturbing prevalence and power of conspiracy theories  in this Vox video, especially about the toxic combination of conspiracy theories, ignorance, and extremism. So does the New Yorker. But these opinion-makers are wrong–or rather, underinformed–about the JFK story. Read more

The hazards of running a JFK joint in the era of Trump

Two JFK Facts commenters have recently criticized me personally, and I feel the need to respond. I know an editor should have a thick skin but a season of succesful conspiracy theorizing has opened up the real possibility that U.S. nuclear codes will soon be delivered into the hands of a racist buffoon. I’m feeling a little touchy.

So let me dispatch with these theories and theorists.

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Why Cass Sunstein won’t go to Dealey Plaza

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.”

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How to quell JFK conspiracy theories

Cass Sunstein fears disclosure

Professor Cass Sunstein writes from his perch at Bloomberg.

“Pick your topic: Ukraine, the National Security Agency, assassinations of national leaders [emphasis added] … it’s child’s play to assemble a host of apparent clues, and to connect a bunch of dots, to support a relevant conspiracy theory.”

Sunstein is surely correct that It is easy to concoct an implausible theory about who killed JFK.

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Chasing shadows amid the seven veils

In response to the “Does the NSA target JFK websites?” post we had many compelling comments.

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Does NSA target JFK websites? (They won’t answer the question)

Does the NSA target websites about the assassination of President Kennedy for “cognitive infiltration?”

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Top 5 most popular JFK Facts stories in January

Gail Raven’s timeless story about her admiring friend Jack Ruby stays in it perennial spot at #1, followed by a discussion of former White House information czar Cass Sunstein and the state of the case.

1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)

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#HowtoSolveJFKin2014: engage Cass Sunstein and ‘government agents’

Cass Sunstein, anti-conspiracy theorist

JFK Facts welcomes all points of view in its discussions about John F. Kennedy’s presidency and assassination. See our comments policy here.

In order to advance the site’s goal of decisively clarifying the JFK assassination story in 2014, I want to add a provision to the site’s comment policy. This addition is prompted by a reminder from a reader about the JFK views of former White House official Cass Sunstein.

As Sunstein wrote in a 2008 research paper (co-authored with Adrian Vermeule); Read more