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Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker is a former Middle East editor of The Guardian newspaper and author of a new e-book, “Denying the Obvious: Chemical Weapons and the Information War Over Syria.”

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The ‘Echo Chamber’ of Syrian Chemical Weapons Conspiracy Theorists

The ‘Echo Chamber’ of Syrian Chemical Weapons Conspiracy Theorists

The real issue here is not so much the denial of chemical attacks as the way it serves as a vehicle for normalizing conspiracy theories under the guise of critical thinking. Admirable though it is to view news reports and government statements with caution and scrutinize the evidence, the denial campaign was something else, encouraging people to reject information at will simply because it didn't fit their view of how the world works.

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