Recently, I made a video about the very dishonest and troubling TV show, Hunting Hitler, but the principle man behind the curtain, former CIA Agent Robert Baer, needed a video of his own.
Bob Baer is a signpost of how entrenched and accepted the conspiracy theorist mindset is in society today. You can tell wild lies about our history and make unsubstantiated claims, yet still be called upon as an expert by the mainstream news media, so long as you know how to play to your audience and adjust your message accordingly. When you’re on CNN, scoff at Trump’s silly beliefs about the, “Deep State,” but when you’re on Alex Jones radio program, feed into his silly beliefs and suggest we don’t really know the truth about 9-11.
Of course it also helps to have impressive credentials, which come with a presumption of subject matter expertise and intellectual honesty. In this respect, Baer reminds me of former Air Force Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty, who advised Oliver Stone on the JFK (1991) film and served as the basis for the “Mr. X” character. Prouty’s claims were always dubious, at best, but it wasn’t until his association with Holocaust deniers came to light that people really began to question his validity. Prouty tried to dismiss these connections by saying that he only spoke before a group of Anti-Semites and allowed another arm of their organisation to publish one of his books because he needed a publisher. He never realized who he was actually in bed with. This is like saying you attended a KKK Rally and no one ever brought up the subjects of black people, so how could you possibly know they were racists? #unbelievable
The problem with challenging people like Baer and Prouty (or even Roger Stone) is that I inevitably get conspiracy theorists and true believers coming at me with the, “You’re not an expert,” charge. “Bob Baer has been in the CIA… Fletcher Prouty was in military intelligence… Roger Stone worked for President Nixon… (etc.) so I’ll take their expert word over yours anyday!” But that is just an evasion of the facts, made by people who don’t want to know the truth. It is not my word or my opinion vs. one or all of these presumed experts; it is the overwhelming weight of history vs. their lies that is at issue. I’m just the messenger, pointing out how they lie and what the well established facts are.
Personal Note: As with my Hunting Hitler video, I’m very annoyed with the low quality of the audio on my voiceover, but I’m using the only equipment I have access to right now and I am more concerned with getting out the facts than having everything sound perfect. Still, it bugs me nonetheless.