Friday, January 14, 2011

PoliticsUSA: psycho-history in current events: Fox news made loughner assassinate in Tucson, theory says

The Daily Beast [Jan13,2k11]

The Tuscon shooter’s worldview was shaped by the popular conspiracy-theory documentary Zeitgeist, friends say. Michelle Goldberg on the force behind the movie—and why his viewing habits matter.

The Cult Web Film that Inspired Loughner

We now know a little bit more about the matrix of ideas that helped inspire Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage on Saturday. According to a friend of his interviewed on Good Morning America on Wednesday, the conspiracy documentary Zeitgeist“poured gasoline on his fire” and had “a profound impact on Jared Loughner's mindset and how he views the world that he lives in.” He was also, according to his friend’s father, influenced by the documentary Loose Change, a classic of the 9/11 Truth movement. This does not mean that either of these movies is responsible for making Loughner do what he did, but it does show how his madness was shaped by a broader climate of paranoia, and offers a clue as to why he targeted Gabrielle Giffords.
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