I have begun a number of paragraphs in this blog with the phrase "At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist..." The disclaimer seems necessary, because our mainstream media are trying to instill the notion that if an idea has been labeled "conspiracy theory", it is therefore false.
For example, I know from reliable, even mainstream sources, that the Bilderburg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission really exist. They really do consist of the most powerful people in government and business. The most open of these is the CFR, which has made no secret of its advocacy of a "New World Order." The fact that the other two organizations are working toward such a thing has been reliably documented. Yet any negative reference to any of these groups will immediately brand one as a "conspiracy theorist."
This is a major flaw in modern journalism, as the blog Undernews points out. A "conspiracy theory" is an assertion made without evidence. The same assertion, if backed by evidence, is the truth. Farther down the post, Sam Smith, who writes for Undernews, includes "A Thinker's Guide to Conspiracy Theories." It is very well written, and is well worth your time to read.
Virtual buckeye to Rob Williams at Vermont Commons.