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January 3, 2022
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This letter came in response to our commentary on Mark Elias’ 2022 election strategy of aggressively using litigation to decide who gets seated in Congress. That story is not from the realm of “conspiracy theory” but of fact, as Elias has tweeted to the world that he's planning to do this.

From Barry B:

Mike, I am an ardent fan of yours, but I am also frustrated by the lack of willingness on the part of you and others to "wander down the path of conspiracy theories." That is precisely why people like Elias get away with their conspiracies. If you were to wander down that path, the farther you went, the more filth and corruption you would find. Are you implying that there is [not] and has never been a conspiracy? If not, how is a conspiracy defined?

If people like you won't dare to look, who will?

Blessings to you and your family for the New Year!

From the Gov:

Thanks for writing, Barry. I bring up Elias precisely because I DON’T want him to get away with what he’s doing. If you think we don’t see the filth and corruption or that we meant to imply there “is not and has never been a conspiracy,” I can only surmise you're new to this newsletter. We don’t wander aimlessly, but facts often lead us down a particular road.

To call something a conspiracy theory is not to say it’s true or untrue, because some turn out to be true or very largely true and others are ridiculous hoaxes. To explain, the term “conspiracy theory” is neutral, kind of like “unidentified flying object.” A conspiracy theory hasn’t been proved, so it remains a theory. Similarly, a UFO hasn’t been identified, so it remains...unidentified. The answer in both of these situations is (pardon the pun) up in the air, until there’s proof one way or the other.

Every single so-called conspiracy theory we’ve reported on as worthy of being taken seriously has either been proven true or is currently gathering more and more evidence in its favor. For example, regarding the theory that links Hillary's campaign and certain government insiders with the “dossier” and the whole media-driven “Russia!” hoax, we eagerly look forward to every development in John Durham’s special counsel investigation and seeing it connect another dot.

On the other hand, the Russia hoax itself is an example of a conspiracy theory that did not deserve to be taken seriously. Nothing in the “dossier” was verified. Yet it obsessed most of the media and leftist bureaucrats throughout Trump’s presidency, long after the “dossier” had been debunked and Devin Nunes’ House Intelligence Committee had determined Hillary’s campaign had paid for it.

At the same time, there really is evidence to support investigation into other so-called conspiracy theories. For example, though we condemned the Capitol Hill breach from the first, we’ve made it clear that there is considerable reason to demand an investigation of the FBI’s involvement and also House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s curious refusal of National Guard troops to provide security. Merrick Garland’s “Justice” Department is too shamefully politicized to do this, but the next Republican-led Congress will no doubt open one of their own.

That can’t happen for another year –- and then only if Republicans take back the House, but at least that does seem likely. Meanwhile, Republicans in the minority --- including those Pelosi refused for her hand-picked “Special Committee” --- will have to ferret out what they can on their own, minus subpoena power. Thankfully, the fine reporting of such organizations as Revolver News will continue, and we'll keep bringing that and our commentary to you.

Another example: the stories from battleground states about coordinated election fraud constitute another conspiracy theory that must be thoroughly investigated. Over half the country has essentially no faith in the 2020 election; this cannot stand. We can’t say definitively that the election was stolen through, say, hacked machines, but there's enough question about this and other serious problems to warrant a full investigation of all the forces at play. Any time skeptics face draconian censorship or a lack of transparency regarding evidence, that’s a red flag saying, “Here’s a conspiracy theory that might very well pan out. Better dig into this!”

It’s easy to tell that the Democrats tailor their approach to facts to suit their immediate purposes, because they'll turn on a dime. For example, starting with George W. Bush’s win over Al Gore in 2000, the Democrats decided it was their patriotic duty to cry “Stolen!” and question every election they lost. That changed when Biden was declared the winner; suddenly it was “domestic terrorism” to question the outcome, even with ample reason to suspect fraud.

We do have to have some factual basis for taking conspiracy theories seriously. If we didn’t, we’d just be a right-leaning version of CNN or the DNC (same thing). You can trust us never to be like the news/opinion writers on the left who screamed “Russia Russia Russia!!” for years even after that conspiracy theory was revealed as hogwash. Look at how some reporters who spread false information about the “dossier” are STILL resisting putting out retractions.

https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2021/12/09/journalist-authors_isikoff_corn_also_fell_for_danchenkos_mythical_dossier_source_806998.html

Unless there’s been an update, Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News and David Corn of Mother Jones, who wrote a book together on the “dossier” called ‘RUSSIAN ROULETTE: The Inside Story of Putin’s War On America and the Election of Donald Trump,” have failed to retract significant mistakes, specifically about an alleged “dossier” source (who really wasn’t one) named Sergei Millian. They cited Millian, who supports Trump, as the source for that unsavory made-up story about Trump in a Moscow hotel, supposedly on video with Russian prostitutes. Durham’s indictment of Igor Danchenko suggests that the real source of the so-called “pee tape” story was former Hillary campaign adviser Charles Dolan.

What these two “journalists” were doing was furthering a conspiracy theory that is untrue. And still it seems they won’t give it up, though it’s been debunked so thoroughly it doesn't even qualify as a theory. Only a hoax.

We have confidence in our sources, and I would never, for example, discuss members of the Clinton-allied Brookings Institution being involved with the creation and spread of the “dossier” unless there were ample reason to suspect this. By reason, I don’t mean the kind of proof you’d need to make an airtight case in court, but simply enough evidence to warrant digging deeper.

You know the story of the boy who cried “Wolf!” He wasn't taken seriously when it really counted, so it would defeat our purpose to be like him. But rest assured we'll continue digging carefully into so-called conspiracy theories --- the ones that pass the smell test --- just as we always have done.

For example, in case you missed the latest on Hillary over the holidays, Durham is taking aim...

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/durham-zeroes-clinton-campaign-could-call-some-aides

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Comments 1-8 of 8

  • Barry Birkett

    01/10/2022 09:49 PM

    Hello again, Mike, I have appreciated your responses to my letter about conspiracy theories. Just to set the record straight, I have read every one of your newsletters for almost two years now, and I read every item.
    Unfortunately, I communicated poorly to you, which is sad, since I am an ardent supporter of yours. I looked up the word "conspiracy" in Webster's dictionary, and here is what it says: "a secret plan made by two or more people to do something that is harmful or illegal."

    In my opinion, a conspiracy is like a plan. A plan must have a desired goal or outcome, and a desired date. If you look for the objectives/goals, you will probably uncover money or power. The elimination of adversaries or obstacles is an important element of any strategic plan. Donald Trump was surely both to the likes of Biden, (Hilary) Clinton, Soros, Schumer, and scores of other leftists in America. Those "conspirators" are extremely well financed, hidden in plain sight, and very, very dangerous. Objectives are only markers on the road to the ultimate goal, and both objectives and goals in this conspiracy are obvious to people like you and me.

    This is by far, the most dangerous threat that the United States has ever faced, even the more dangerous because it is 'an inside job.'

    May the Lord bless you, and keep you safe.
    Barry

  • Tim castiglia

    01/10/2022 05:45 PM

    Thank you for your news letter. I am normally not a conspiracy theorist but I truly believe that if something doesn't happen soon that the corruption in the Democratic party will bring it's ideology to fruition. I believe that Hillary is the worst of all these and am sure glad she didn't become president
    However, I firmly believe God is in control and will use everything for his purpose. Thanks for reading.

  • Amy Clark

    01/10/2022 11:18 AM

    Mike, you put this in words a layman can understand! May I copy your explanation? I think more people should see it.

    Thank you!

  • James Thompson

    01/10/2022 08:23 AM

    First, my wife and I love our weekly regimen was watching the weekly Huckabee show on TBN; secondly we'll always cherish our time vacationing and getting to set in your TV studio during it's filming. My comment is my surprise that you indicated above that we can't definitively say the 2020 election was stolen. I was shocked by your comment. I watched at least 75% of Mike Lindell's Cyber Symposium listening carefully to the array of computer experts, along with eye witness accounts of observed fraudulent activity. What I saw and heard in that symposium leaves me believing the 2020 election was absolutely stolen. I do totally agree with your "Summary" thought that there are plenty of red flags. In spite of anyone's conclusions per all of this, I believe we both shout one absolute truth: God is in control, and total truth is coming!!

  • Christine M Davidson

    01/09/2022 09:38 PM

    01092022
    Re.: 3. Answering a reader about "conspiracy theories":
    "…Another example: the stories from battleground states about coordinated election fraud constitute another conspiracy theory that must be thoroughly investigated.
    Over half the country has essentially no faith in the 2020 election; this cannot stand. We can’t say definitively that the election was stolen through, say, hacked machines, but there's enough question about this and other serious problems to warrant a full investigation of all the forces at play."

    Exactly – and potential machine hacking notwithstanding - shouldn’t there be severe repercussions for each and every Secretary of State, who defied their own state laws and changed voting requirements without getting approval from their State Legislators? Decertification should occur in every state where this occurred.

    "Any time skeptics face draconian censorship or a lack of transparency regarding evidence, that’s a red flag saying, “Here’s a conspiracy theory that might very well pan out. Better dig into this!”

    I have been brought up to love and be proud of my country. At 70, I can still recite the names of all the U.S. Presidents – inspired by my Dad, who even read the Congressional Record, every day. It is so disheartening to see the American system fail. I and many friends and relatives feel in our very bones that the rightful winner is not in the White House. We are so tired of the other side saying we should sit back and be quiet, while our country flounders as a result of the fraudulent activities of so many on the Left.
    Mike, thank you for speaking out. We need more respected voices to be heard and get our Country back on track.

  • Barbara Neff

    01/09/2022 05:00 PM

    Regarding Betty White
    I saw a movie she starred in several years ago probably few people know about. I wanted to make others aware of. It was a Hallmark movie in which her role as a Navy widow was superb . It is called The Lost Valentine. I highly recommend the movie and her.

  • John A Warren

    01/09/2022 10:09 AM

    Couldn't have explained it any better. Right on Brother! Thank You!

  • Cliff Cusick

    01/04/2022 02:03 PM

    This article goes down too many 'pigtrails' has nothing to do with initial subject........."Fed-surrection." Wanders off to 'conspiracy theories' and centers on dead "Russian Dossier". One of the poorest post I have seen in a long time.
    Cliff Cusick