Earlier this month, Salon rightfully took on the disgraceful community of Sandy Hook truthers. Evidently, though, not all conspiracy theories are created equal. This morning, writer Greg Olear posted a piece at Salon asking us to “give truthers a chance”:
Clicking the above link now will only be an exercise in futility. Someone at Salon eventually realized that the threshold for crazy had been crossed — quite a feat for Salon — and took down the post.
Fortunately, the internets are forever. The Weeklings, a site where Olear posts, still has the piece:
The money paragraph:
What concerns me about the repudiation of the [Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists] is that the 9/11 Truthers are being tarred with the same “crackpot” brush. Yes, many of the September Eleventh conspiracy theories are implausible, and too often veer, as conspiracy theories unfortunately tend to do, toward the anti-Semitic. But unlike with Sandy Hook, 9/11 conspiracy theories flow from a scientific fact: whatever the 9/11 Commission Report might claim, fire generated by burning jet fuel is not hot enough to melt steel. As with JFK’s “Magic Bullet,” the official version asks us to pretend that the laws of physics do not exist. This opens the door for alternative versions, however ridiculous, that must at least be considered—even if, as was probably the case in the aftermath of the JFK assassination, the cover-up was well-intended, and not the case of an evil shadow government doing evil shadow-government things.
So many alternative versions of history to consider, so little time. What else could we be missing? Twitterers are always happy to help out the media when they can, and they’re pitching ideas for future Salon exposés:
We can’t wait to read all about it!