Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Remember the piece I posted here last week, pegged off an academic paper written by a Kentucky college professor, that kind of attempted to dissect why the mainstream media didn't bother with the Sarah-Trig Palin conspiracy theory? Remember how that piece was turned down by the Huffington Post?
Well, now we know why.
According to an article running at Politico right now, HuffPo has forbidden any debate over whether Trig is the son of Bristol Palin (and apparently any discussion of the anatomy of the debate itself). According to Huffington spokesperson Mario Ruiz, the reason for the ban on so-called "Trig Truthers" -- and I'll give you a minute to laugh at how fluent we've all become in this kind of ridiculous Orwellian Newspeak -- is that they would violate a HuffPo policy against publishing conspiracy theories.
Of course there's nothing wrong with declaring a controversy fabricated out of thin air and based on little more than unsubstantiated speculation to be out of bounds; it's good journalism not to entertain every half-baked hypothesis or long-debunked argument just because there are a few people out there who happen to be lunatic enough to refuse to let go of it.
I mean, that would be as absurd and unethical as, oh I don't know, constantly giving a former Playboy bunny without a medical degree a forum to pen long-winded screeds connecting autism to childhood vaccines -- even though such a connection had been widely and unequivocally rejected as fraudulent.
That the kind of conspiracy theory HuffPo's talking about not allowing?