Of Conspiracy Theories and Funhouse Mirrors

By The Editors
Volume 30, Number 1 (Fall 2019)
Issue theme: "John Tanton: His Life and Legacy (1934-2019)"

The difference between a conspiracy theory and groundbreaking journalism is whether the media like a person or not.

The New York Times recently ran a hit piece on the late Cordelia Scaife May, containing numerous sneering attacks and pseudo-psychological speculation. Scare quotes about her opinion that the United States was “being invaded” (as if it’s not) link her to the El Paso mass shooter. The reporters generously concede “their methods radically diverged,” but essentially say that she and a killer are morally equivalent. Groups that support population control but do not oppose immigration are referred to as “mainstream,” while her views are referred to as “radical.”

The journalists say her money “explain the ascendance of once-fringe views in the debate over immigration in America.” Yet this has it backwards. Mainstream Democrats, notably Barbara Jordan, Bill Clinton, or even Barack Obama, expressed views on immigration that would be called “far right” and “extreme” in the Democratic Party of today. Decriminalizing illegal immigration would have been unthinkable, even just a few years ago.

It’s the fringe open-borders groups that have suddenly become ascendant, largely because of adoring media attention in outlets like the  Times. Similarly, environmental groups that once took for granted that a conservation agenda required limiting population growth now ignore the issue, essentially rendering their existence pointless.

The best way to view this article is through a kind of fun house mirror. No such investigation would ever be conducted against the truly powerful, like George Soros. Indeed, the Times would investigate and attack those who tried.

Fringe open-borders views are rising because corporate media, themselves backed by powerful oligarchs, attack and defame individual targets they don’t like, even to the extent of conducting “dozens of interviews and searches of courthouse records, government filings, and archives across the country.” The intent is to scare people off from these issues.

But Cordelia Scaife May didn’t scare. She took a stand — for America, for the rule of law, and for the planet. Future generations owe her a debt that can never be repaid. She’ll be remembered, and these infamous scribblers will fade into deserved oblivion.