March 30, 2023

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Conspiracy Theories: Its Cruel Origins (and the French King Who Created One of the Most Successful Conspiracy Theories of All Time)

Victoria Hanson, Victoria Dueno and Michelle Fenn BBC Reel

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The biggest and most powerful villain

From “Pizzagate” to QAnon, conspiracy theories may seem like a product of the modern world, where social media is ubiquitous.

On December 4, 2016, Edgar Welch opened fire at a pizzeria in suburban Washington.

The attacker thought he was putting an end to a child-prostitution ring linked to Hillary Clinton, one of several fabricated stories spread in those months to affect the Democratic nominee’s presidential campaign.