And in the world of conspiracy theories, there is none better than serial nut Alex Jones.
The way it breaks down is simple, and that's that the more outlandish your claim, the more evidence you need to have to back it up before you deserve to be taken seriously. The fact that there's a report saying that DARPA has the technology to hack cars proves that DARPA actually crashed Michael Hastings' car the same way that the fact that I own a gun means I killed Biggie Smalls.
The popular podcaster and comedian is spreading the worst type of anti-Hillary conspiracy theories to his huge audience of dedicated listeners.
Former CNN journalist Amber Lyon claims that Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings was killed by the federal government because of a story he was working on. There's no evidence that Hastings was killed by the FBI, so why on earth is Lyon joining nuts like Alex Jones and peddling this ridiculous internet conspiracy?
This is one of many tricks by which the pro-Snowden clique has added a layer of audience-gripping drama to the story -- drama which helped to propel it into the national conversation. Snowden could be killed any day now, and Obama will pull the trigger! Engage rending of garments.
There isn't a damn thing wrong with turning your back on corporate media, what it represents, and what it can occasionally mean for your process and your product. But to take that personal statement to mean that you then have to travel out into the hinterlands of ethical journalism is just shockingly stupid.