Have news? Conspiracy follows.

With every big news story, a mangled paranoid mess of a conspiracy is close behind.

Christopher Dorner, the 33-year-old ex-LAPD officer whose purported killing spree terrorized the Southern California area for more than a week, was found in a charred cabin in Big Bear on Tuesday. Or was he?

Conspiracy Theories by Christopher Dorner Truthers Abound as Saga Ends.

As the Christopher Dorner saga winds down, #TeamDorner truthers have taken to social media to push their conspiracy theories about the circumstances surrounding the alleged cop killer’s supposed death on Tuesday.

These #TeamDorner truthers are ranting now about the discrepancies, and possible conspiracies, involving the way Dorner was brought down.

The truthers have jumped on conflicting media reports about Dorner’s wallet. There are three different stories being told.

How exactly the cabin fire started is a main #TeamDorner hanging point. They claim police intentionally started the fire and purposely let Dorner burn alive.

In an unconfirmed police audio recording that was broadcasted on CBS affiliate KCAL-TV Tuesday, officers can be heard saying, “Burn it down” or “Burn him out.” Another appears to shout, “F****** burn this mother*****!”

Many #TeamDorner supporters believe that their hero isn’t actually dead. The body hasn’t been positively identified, they say, and rumors have been swirling that the body didn’t match Dorner’s size.

Many think it would be more convenient for the LAPD to say Dorner died rather than have to produce evidence and go through the lengthy trial process.

It took a few hours, if that, for this stuff to start appearing. It seems that it is now automatic that a conspiracy idea and permutations (usually more  than one) will arise immediately following a government or police event these days. Information comes in fits and bits, some of which are mistakes. Some take that as evidence of a cover up. But it’s normal.

This is the years of conspiracies. Hopefully, we’ll all get sick of this made up stuff and the trend will wear off. Already warn off with me…

Check out The Conspiracy Guy column on CSI.

Tip: Michael Shermer

  5 comments for “Have news? Conspiracy follows.

  1. Chris Howard
    February 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    I remember someone saying that conspiracy theories are the exhaust fumes of a democratic society. Chris Hitchens, maybe?

    It’s really weird how EVERYTHING is a conspiracy. I mean how can one possibly believe that all things are connected via a web of conspiracy?

    It doesn’t take a proficient skeptic to see the credulous audacity of such a claim, only common sense.

    It really is like listening to a broken record.

    *(records were a form of media, used to “record” hence the name, then play back music. When they got scratched, or cracked, they would skip into a loop, repeating brief segments of audio ad nauseam) ;-)

  2. Mr. Shreck
    February 15, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I have no doubt that some folks have gone or will go round the twist on this story as some routinely do, but why disparage complaints about the way police acted as “conspiracy theories” out of hand? As it says above, the main sticking point for most concern over this story is how the fire began, and whether it’s confirmed yet or not, that scanner audio is in evidence. I am all for inquiry to obtain the real facts, but dismissing criticism of the official police story strikes me as no less credulous than being sucked into conspiratorial thinking. The cops in this scenario were pissed off, scared, and by the official record had already shot three uninvolved people in their “manhunt”. I bet some of them even believe conspiracy theories. Why take an immediate posture of deference to authority?

    BTW, great line, re: “exhaust fumes”. :-)

    • Chris Howard
      February 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      To be sure we should investigate, because conspiracies do happen. This is especially true of the, infamous, LAPD.

      What I was trying to say was that there seems to be this knee jerk reaction to the near instant news cycle of today as a conspiracy, rather than corrections to the story as new evidence is discovered, and mistakes in earlier reporting are corrected.

      This is why I generally don’t read news from the “New Journalism” crowd. They tend to sacrifice quality, research, fact checking, and in many instances ethics, for quantity, page hits/trending, and the glossing over of nuance, more so than the more traditional outlets.

      Of course what indepth analysis can one expect from the ADD/MTV twittering classes? ;-)

      • Mr. Shreck
        February 15, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        No worries. For the record, I was referring to the original article, not your comment, which was spot on. I always assume incompetence first, conspiracy last.

        • Chris Howard
          February 15, 2013 at 9:12 AM

          Ugh, Sorry. I know better than to respond to comments BC (Before Coffee) ;-)

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