2014-02-21/From the fringe to the Hill
- when: 2014-02-21
- author: Steve Benen
- source: The MaddowBlog
- topics: Conservoidism Dinesh D'Souza conspiracy theories Alex Jones
- link: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-fringe-the-hill
- title: From the fringe to the Hill
- summary: It's alarmingly common to hear congressional Republicans repeat some deeply odd conspiracy theories. But more often than not, the theories didn't start on Capitol Hill; they just ended up there.
Last April, I laid out the flight plan, showing the trajectory of these theories: they start with the off-the-wall fringe, then get picked up by more prominent far-right outlets, then Fox News, then congressional Republicans.
It is one of the more striking differences between how the left and right deal with wild political accusations: for conservatives, strange ideas effortlessly seep into the mainstream.