The first version of the conspiracy theory was hatched on Twitter last Friday, Jan. 10.Somebody needs to tell the NY Times what a conspiracy is. Nobody is alleging any secret agreement.
“Don’t rule out that the reason Pelosi hasn’t sent impeachment to the Senate is to hurt Warren and Sanders, and to help Biden,” Ari Fleischer, a former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush, tapped out on his iPad. “By timing the trial so it takes place during the Iowa lead-up, she has leverage over the liberals.”
“This benefits Joe Biden. This harms Senator Sanders, who is in first place and could become their nominee.”Notice how the paper takes a completely correct quote, and pretends that a fact-check contradicts it.
In fact, Mr. Sanders is not the national front-runner for the nomination and never has been, although he had a narrow lead in a recent poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers.
The term "conspiracy theory" has become a leftist buzz phrase for an inconvenient fact. For example, consider:
The beginning of the 20th century may be taken as the approximate high point of Western world domination, if not necessarily of European civilization itself. Whites made up some 30 percent of the earth’s population and directly or indirectly controlled most of its territory; white economic and technological dominance were even more complete. ...I didn't realize 1905 was a turning point. Interesting. At any rate, any of such a civilization peak is often called a conspiracy theory.
But in 1905, a surprising turn of events shocked white and non-white alike. Japan gained a decisive military victory over a sprawling European empire with a population more than three times its own: Russia. No one expected such an outcome, yet it was to prove a sign of much to come.