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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them$
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Joseph E. Uscinski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190844073

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190844073.001.0001

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Conspiracy Theories for Journalists

Conspiracy Theories for Journalists

Covering Dubious Ideas in Real Time

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(p.443) 31 Conspiracy Theories for Journalists
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Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them
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Joseph E. Uscinski

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844073.003.0031

Both scholars and journalists should consider the positive aspects of conspiracy theories and consider that removing them from society (if such a thing could be done) may present unintended consequences. Conspiracy theories have been covered by news outlets more frequently in recent years. How should journalists address conspiracy theories? When should conspiracy theories and theorists attract news attention? What are the pitfalls that journalists need to avoid when discussing conspiracy theories? What can news outlets do more generally to curb belief in conspiracy theories? It is vitally important in democracies that news outlets be perceived as independent and trustworthy, but conspiracy theories, particularly those about the media, undermine public trust. How can new outlets regain this trust?

Keywords:   conspiracy theory, conspiracy theorist, journalism, fake news, news

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