We get a lot of requests to cover this story or that story.  Some of these requests jump right off into conspiracy theory territory.  It isn’t that I don’t believe that conspiracies exist, it’s just that I don’t have the time of day for people who espouse conspiracy theories without a shred of evidence. For these types of people, the most obscure blog is all the proof they need to demonstrate that there is a conspiracy afoot.  When confronted, I find that they often cite the scientific method and rhetoric devices without knowing what they are.  Science is not a ‘choose your own adventure’ type of deal, so when that fails they usually revert back to some past historical event which is somehow supposed to prove that their contemporary conspiracy is now true.

What?  You didn’t know that Hitler burned his own Reichstag?  Don’t you get it?  Operation Northwoods proves that the late Chris Kyle’s company staged the Boston bombing as a “false flag” attack.  It also proves that Michael Hastings was assassinated, apparently.

Hastings, of course, was the Rolling Stone journalist who took down General McChrystal.  I was never that impressed with Hastings as a journalist, as it seemed to me that what he exposed about McChrystal was sophomoric at best.  The General and his staff said some disparaging things about American politicians. Big deal. 99% of Americans would agree with those statements. However, what Hastings’ work did expose was that American journalists are a bunch of pussies.

I’ve been told that as many as 70 other journalists had heard the same or similar statements from McChrystal and his staff but never reported them because they didn’t want to lose access.  Hastings did report those statements and he did lose access because of it.