is in trouble for suggesting that there is something funky about those beheading videos.
Wolf went on to write several other posts insisting she was not "calling into question the authenticity of the ISIS videos" while arguing independent verification was indeed necessary to authenticate the recorded beheadings. Wolf accused the news media of "badly distorting" her comments Sunday in a rather lengthy, elliptical post and further tried to silence her critics by citing the insight she gained into how political narratives are crafted while advising former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.
"So all the people who are attacking me right now for 'conspiracy theories' have no idea what they are talking about … People who assume the dominant narrative MUST BE TRUE and the dominant reasons MUST BE REAL are not experienced in how that world works," she wrote.
I can't disagree with that last sentence.
Do I think that the videos were staged? I've toyed with the notion, but for a number of reasons, that oft-heard claim now seems pretty unlikely. Granted, I'm hampered in my analysis by the fact that I simply don't want to look at the evidence. I asked the opinion of a friend of mine who is a professional video editor. He didn't want to look at the evidence either. Forensically speaking, the matter rests there -- at least as far as this
blog is concerned. You may want to consult other blogs run by people of stronger stomach.
A close look at Wolf's original statement indicates that she was primarily concerned not by the authenticity of the beheadings but by the "backstory" we've been given vis-a-vis the captives:
Ok....two of the hostages just happened to go from long careers into the military to...sudden humanitarian work? (same was true of the latest British hostage.)
Seems like a legitimate question to me.
Nevertheless, Vox has published a rejoinder titled "The insane conspiracy theories of Naomi Wolf."
This article somewhat misrepresents Wolf's positions.
When it comes to insane conspiracy theories, the world has adopted a blanket policy of "left eye open; right eye blind." The right wing lives, eats and breathes conspiracy theories. Everyone knows that if you turn on Fox News or right-wing radio, you probably won't have to wait very many minutes before you hear someone spew an outrageously unlikely exercise in paranoia. Our reigning Conspiracy King is Alex Jones, beloved of Drudge and hater of liberals.
Today, Rush Limbaugh told his radio audience that Barack Obama has implemented a plan to infect America with Ebola as payback for slavery
. Now that's
a truly insane conspiracy theory. If Naomi Wolf took a lifetime supply of crazy pills in one swallow, she still
couldn't come up an idea as nutty as that one. We must give Limbaugh cudos for creativity.
Were Wolf's words really that
wacky? Look at the context. Quite recently, our government scared the world with tales of an all-new terror group called Khorasan, which many people now say is fictional. Last year, John Kerry assured the world that he possessed hard proof that Assad masterminded the sarin attacks. His "proof" was also an exercise in fiction. And let's not even get into the lies we've been told about Ukraine.
When compared to modern day realities, Naomi Wolf's "insane" theorizing is downright mundane.