9/11 and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories

Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“As we approach the 20th anniversary of the Twin Towers falling, it is worth reflecting on the deep sense of distrust that led so many Americans to disbelieve the official account of that horrendous day. Many of them still disbelieve it to this day. … This was an era in which public trust in government slumped to record lows. According to the National Election Study, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, around 60 per cent of voters said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing most of the time. By the end of Bush’s presidency, this had fallen to less than a quarter. This broad base of mistrust provided a readymade audience for conspiracy theories.” (09/06/21)