Conspiracy Theories

  • David Leigh


Investigative journalists need theories—but not conspiracy theories. These examples should never have been published. The death of Kennedy, a theory used by a conspiracist author to sell his book. The death of helicopter pilot Jonathan Moyle, a theory exploded by a single key fact. The arrest of a burglar 20 years later destroyed theories about the death of rose-grower Hilda Murrell. Princess Diana was not “murdered by the Duke of Edinburgh”. The Twin Towers of 9/11 were not “demolished by the CIA”. David Kelly was not “assassinated by British intelligence”. And Julian Assange of Wikileaks was not the victim of a “honeytrap”. Journalists need to respect evidence, reject confirmation bias; and avoid over-excitement. Then they can uncover the world’s real conspiracies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Leigh
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  1. 1.City, University of LondonLondonUK

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