It’s A Conspiracy! The Ever More Paranoid Style Of American Politics | WBEZ
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It's A Conspiracy! The Ever More Paranoid Style Of American Politics

On Sunday night, NBC host Megyn Kelly promoted an upcoming interview with Alex Jones. It only took a few minutes for outrage to build. Through his radio show, YouTube page, social media accounts and the website InfoWars, Jones has helped spread false or unproven theories. But how fringe is a host whose reputation the President of the United States has called "amazing"? And how should mainstream media react when theories that appear on Jones' website inspire an armed gunman to walk into a family pizza parlor? American politics have always slouched toward paranoia, wrote historian Richard Hofstadter. But when today's lawmakers cite "stuff circulating on the internet", have we slouched too far? Our guests were Joseph Uscinski, professor of political science at the University of Miami, Anna Merlan, senior reporter for the Gizmodo Special Projects Desk and Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post.

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