The Leader of the QAnon Conspiracy Theory Returns

Three posts on Friday night signaled the resurfacing of a figure who used a variety of conspiracy theories to marshal support for Donald J. Trump.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #watkins-ron-1987-88

Why Conspiracy Theories Flourish in Trump’s America

“It is too soon to say whether this delegitimization is permanent,” one scholar says.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #midterm-elections-2022, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Crop Circles Were Made by Supernatural Forces. Named Doug and Dave.

Intricate patterns carved in fields across England in the 1980s were a viral phenomenon long before the internet fed us such prankster curiosities daily.

#agriculture-and-farming, #conspiracy-theories, #england, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #occult-sciences, #social-media

Best- and Worst-Case Outcomes of the Jan. 6 Public Hearings

Ross Douthat and Nicole Hemmer debate what narratives will unfold and how dangerous far-right extremism is in the Republican Party.

#audio-neutral-informative, #conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #constitution-us, #house-of-representatives, #presidential-election-of-2020, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

No creas todo lo que lees sobre el hombre de esta foto

Su nombre es Jordie Jordan, es aficionado a los videojuegos y un retrato suyo se ha asociado a una identidad e información falsos. “Solo toman una foto que subí a internet y me ponen en todo”, dijo.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

How a Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theory Rises in Times of Tragedy

A picture of Jordie Jordan, an online gamer, has been attached to a fake name and numerous bogus reports of his death, including from the mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #cyberharassment, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #jordan-jordie, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Do You Know Someone Who Believes in Conspiracy Theories? We Want to Hear About It.

Share your experience if you, a friend or a family member believes or once believed in a popular conspiracy theory.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #internal-open-access, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states

Racist and Violent Ideas Jump From Web’s Fringes to Mainstream Sites

Despite some efforts by the largest tech companies to limit the spread of hateful content, it often remains only a click or two away.

#anti-semitism, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #discord-inc, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Lawyer Who Plotted to Overturn Trump Loss Recruits Election Deniers to Watch Over the Vote

A central figure in the scheme to reverse the 2020 election is mobilizing grass-roots activists into an “army of citizens” trained to aggressively monitor elections.

#conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mitchell-cleta, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-and-voters

What Oprah Winfrey Knows About American History That Tucker Carlson Doesn’t

It is possible to opt out of far-right co-optation.

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Trump Has Uncorked a ‘Toxic Blend of Extremist Orientations’

The MAGA formula was “a white Christian nationalist strategy from the beginning.”

#christians-and-christianity, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #immigration-and-emigration, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

The Right Weaponizes America Against Itself

You cannot defend the ideal of E pluribus unum by deleting pluribus.

#buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #conspiracy-theories, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #population, #religion-and-belief, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Racist Attack Spotlights Elise Stefanik’s Echo of Replacement Theory

The No. 3 House Republican, who has shifted to the hard right along with her party, has touched on the ideas animating white replacement theory. She is not sorry.

#black-people, #buffalo-ny, #conspiracy-theories, #house-of-representatives, #mass-shootings, #new-york-state, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #stefanik-elise, #whites

The Buffalo Shooting Was Not a Random Act of Violence

The Buffalo killings are an extreme expression of a worldview that has become increasingly central to the identity of the Republican Party.

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From Voodoo to MAGA to Buffalo

How the paranoid style took over the G.O.P.

#conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #immigration-and-emigration, #mass-shootings, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #taxation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Tina Peters, G.O.P. Colorado Secretary of State Candidate, Is Barred From Overseeing Elections

A judge ruled that Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Republican accused of tampering with voting equipment in Mesa County, had “committed a neglect of duty.”

#colorado, #computer-security, #conspiracy-theories, #elections-secretary-of-state, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #grand-junction-colo, #griswold-jena, #mesa-county-colo, #peters-tina, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-machines

QAnon Joins Vigilantes at the Southern Border

Far-right activists are intercepting migrant children and collecting information about their families, based on an unfounded conspiracy theory that they are falling prey to sex-trafficking rings.

#arizona, #conspiracy-theories, #human-trafficking, #immigration-and-emigration, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News — and Became Trump’s Heir

As the host turned a civil war at Fox to his advantage, he found himself at the forefront of the nativist forces transforming conservative politics.

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How Tucker Carlson Stoked White Fear to Conquer Cable

A string of setbacks made the pundit flee television, the Republican establishment and even his home. He re-emerged with what may be the most racist, and successful, show in the history of cable news.

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Russia’s Putin Now Seems to Believe Conspiracy Theories

The gap between conspiracy theory and state policy has vanished.

#conspiracy-theories, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states

Jan. 6 Suspect Blames Trump for Spurring Him to Capitol Riot

Dustin Thompson, an unemployed exterminator from Ohio, was the first defendant tried in the Capitol attack to offer a Trump-made-me-do-it defense before a jury.

#capitol-building-washington-dc, #conspiracy-theories, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

China’s Echoes of Russia’s Alternate Reality Intensify Around the World

China’s officials and state media are increasingly parroting Russian propaganda organs on the war in Ukraine, undercutting U.S. and European diplomatic efforts, even after the killings in Bucha.

#china, #china-central-television, #china-daily, #conspiracy-theories, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Robert Malone Spreads Falsehoods About Vaccines. He Also Says He Invented Some.

Dr. Robert Malone says he helped invent mRNA vaccines and has been wronged for decades. Now he’s spreading unfounded claims about the vaccines and the virus.

#conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #malone-robert-1959, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #science-and-technology, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

How Civil War History Explains Memestocks

In the 19th century, small investors played a big role in finance. Wall Street took it away. Redditors are trying to get it back.

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Testify or Pay Up, Judge Tells Alex Jones in Sandy Hook Suit

A Connecticut judge rejected the Infowars conspiracy theorist’s claim that he was too ill to sit for a deposition, and set a schedule of hefty fines.

#conspiracy-theories, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Republican Senators Play the QAnon Game

On the dishonest questioning during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings.

#conspiracy-theories, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #qanon, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-court-us

Distorted Reality

Senate Republicans are painting a false portrait of Ketanji Brown Jackson.

#conspiracy-theories, #internal-storyline-no, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #rumors-and-misinformation, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

QAnon Cheers Republican Attacks on Jackson. Democrats See a Signal.

Criticism of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentencing decisions emerged as a theme among Republicans — and renewed debate about the party’s stance toward QAnon.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #conspiracy-theories, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mandatory-sentencing, #qanon, #republican-party, #sex-crimes, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russia and Far-Right Americans Find Common Ground With Ukraine War

Some conservatives have echoed the Kremlin’s misleading claims about the war and vice versa, giving each other’s assertions a sheen of credibility.

#carlson-tucker, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #defense-and-military-forces, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #posobiec-jack, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #television, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

McDonald’s Ice Cream Woes Have Inspired Memes, Mockery and Now, a Federal Lawsuit

A California tech company that tried to solve the problem of malfunctioning ice cream machines claims in the suit that it was thwarted by McDonald’s.

#california, #conspiracy-theories, #fast-food-industry, #federal-trade-commission, #ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts, #mcdonalds-corporation, #middleby-corporation

Biden Officials Contend With Bioweapons Propaganda From Russia and China

The Biden administration says the two countries’ promotion of anti-U.S. conspiracy theories might be cover for lethal Russian military operations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #china, #conspiracy-theories, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Twitch Says It Will Bar Chronic Spreaders of Misinformation

The new policy will take down channels that persistently lie about vaccines and election fraud, as well as Russian state-run media.

#amazon-com-inc, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fortnite-video-game, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #qanon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #twitch-interactive-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

In Germany, Threats Grow as Far Right and Pandemic Protestors Merge

In the former Communist East, security officials worry that a long-running movement against Covid restrictions is becoming an incubator of political violence.

#alternative-for-germany, #attacks-on-police, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dresden-germany, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #pegida-germany, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #saxony-germany, #vaccination-and-immunization

‘I’ll Stand on the Side of Russia’: Pro-Putin Sentiment Spreads Online

After marinating in conspiracy theories and Donald J. Trump’s Russia stance, some online discourse about Vladimir Putin has grown more complimentary.

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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #duckduckgo, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #search-engines, #social-media

New Zealand Antivaccine Protest Gets More Violent

An occupation in the capital demonstrates the dangerous influence that American disinformation is having on otherwise stable democracies.

#ardern-jacinda, #canada, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #manilow-barry, #new-zealand, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

How They Did It: Sandy Hook Families Savor Long-Awaited Legal Wins

After early defeats in Congress, relatives of those lost in the 2012 shooting fought on, besting a renowned gun maker and an infamous conspiracy theorist.

#bushmaster-firearms, #conspiracy-theories, #firearms, #gun-control, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #lanza-adam, #newtown-conn, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #pozner-noah, #remington-arms-co, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Who Is Behind QAnon? Linguistic Detectives Find Fingerprints

Using machine learning, separate teams of computer scientists identified the same two men as likely authors of messages that fueled the viral movement.

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Fringe Scheme to Reverse 2020 Election Splits Wisconsin G.O.P.

False claims that Donald J. Trump can be reinstalled in the White House are picking up steam — and spiraling further from reality as they go.

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Peter Thiel, the Right’s Would-Be Kingmaker

Peter Thiel, one of Donald J. Trump’s biggest donors in 2016, has re-emerged as a prime financier of the Make America Great Again movement.

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The Sandy Hook Father Who Refused to Let Alex Jones Win

Conspiracy theories have loomed over the school shooting in which his son, Noah, died. Leonard Pozner reflects on how the truth can triumph online.

#conspiracy-theories, #facebook-inc, #infowars, #jones-alex-1974, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

No, athletes are not dying from Covid-19 vaccines.

Claims about professional athletes dying after getting vaccinated have been a recurring conspiracy theory since the shots were introduced.

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Olavo de Carvalho, Bolsonaro’s Far-Right Guru, Dies at 74

He was the intellectual leader of Brazil’s far-right movement and a conspiracy theorist who mocked the pandemic. He died days after announcing he had Covid.

#bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-carvalho-olavo-1947-2022, #deaths-obituaries, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

Germany’s Vaccine Mandate Forges Unlikely Coalition of Protestors

The prospect of a vaccine mandate has galvanized a nationwide protest movement attracting naturalists, neo-Nazis and ordinary citizens alike.

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Crusading for God, Family and … Bitcoin?

What’s the deepening alliance between MAGA and cryptocurrency?

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #conspiracy-theories, #polarization, #virtual-currency

Trump’s Coup, Part Deux

Darth Vader as Luke Skywalker, defending the galaxy? Not quite.

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The Next Big Lies: Jan. 6 Was No Big Deal, or a Left-Wing Plot

How revisionist histories of Jan. 6 picked up where the “stop the steal” campaign left off, warping beliefs about what transpired at the Capitol.

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Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find

A new study analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud.

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California Man on Deadly Mission to White House Is Arrested, Officials Say

Kuachua Brillion Xiong, 25, is being held in the Pottawattamie County Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on charges of making threats against a former president.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #conspiracy-theories, #washington-dc, #xiong-kuachua-brillion

‘Q’ Has Been Quiet, but QAnon Lives On

With the absence of a leader, the movement has transformed into more of a “choose your own adventure” conspiracy theory.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #politics-and-government, #qanon, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government