This is an interesting take down of the Atlantic piece on conspiracy theories. It’s a difficult time for trusting media following an explosion of truthiness. This is a good reminder that well intentioned pieces in reputable journals can still mislead by omission.
[The Atlantic’s list of conspiracies] omits the two most pernicious and consequential conspiracy theories of modern times: that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 and that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Fake Moon landings and healing crystals may be easier to deride, but their actual effect on politics, globally and domestically, is thus far (thankfully) fairly trivial.