If you're a connoisseur of conspiracy theories, you know that consparicists take great pleasure in each other. The more everyone else thinks they're crazy, the closer their shared beliefs make them feel to one another.
That's why talk radio is such a beautiful medium for conspiracists. The voices and emotion on talk radio, and the familiarity of the hosts and guests, create a sense of intimacy doesn't exist on blogs or other media.
This is the kind of environment, as others have pointed out, that validates fringe beliefs, where the embattled can feel good about themselves.
As a case in point, check out this discussion yesterday between KHOW's Peter Boyles and John Sampson, a private investigator who's also running for Colorado Senate District 25.
Sampson and Boyles were both selected by The Denver Post's Curtis Hubbard as top birthers in Colorado. Sampson got the number five spot; Boyles hit pay dirt, snagging number one.
BOYLES: Well, so, congratulations on being number five. You certainly deserve more than that.
SAMPSON: Well, you know, I'll leave you to be number one.
BOYLES: You know, Terry [Lakin] ... I mean, every one of you guys... I mean, I've tried to make this point. Sampson, Hollister, Wolf, Doc Lakin ... All you guys risked a hell of lot more than I ever did. I just get up at three o'clock in the morning and do a radio show. But Terry lost everything. Phil Wolf took an enormous amount of heat. Hollister took huge heat. You've taken heat. And, you know, and, you guys, well, set aside.
SAMPSON: Well, we swore an oath to defend the Constitution, Peter, and that's where my core value is.
BOYLES: Long story short, I'm, I mean, like Sheik was saying, you know, we're number one, but, truly, looking at you four guys, I don't even belong on the list. But...
SAMPSON: Well, you've been carrying the water, also. I mean, you've been persistent covering this issue where others... where angel fear to tread... you know, it's...
BOYLES: It's "Fools rush in." [laughing]
SAMPSON: Yeah. Fools rush in.
See what I mean by embattled people feeling good about themselves? This is what talk radio does best.
The birthers are on the run (witness Representative Mike Coffman), but there's obviously a different reality on Peter Boyles' radio show.
But Sampson is a candidate for public office, and so media types should pull out some of the things he's saying, extract them from the false reality of talk radio, and subject them to rationality.
In a previous radio interview, Sampson said, "I have not and do not have sufficient evidence that would warrant me to make a statement as to whether or not he is eligible or not eligible."
But yesterday Sampson said on the radio, straight up, that he thought a George judge should have found President Obama ineligible to appear on the November ballot in Georgia. Sampson said that because the President of the United States did not make a personal appearance to defend himself against lunacy, Obama's name should have been scratched from the ballot.
Discussing the Georgia case yesterday (And you can find a summary of it here, including a link to Sampson's testimony at the trail.), Sampson had this exchange with Boyles:
SAMPSON: And from what I had been told, the judge was indicating clearly, unequivocally, that he was going to issue a default judgment--
BOYLES: Yes, against--
SAMPSON: Against Mr. Obama.
SAMPSON: Unfortunately, it didn't turn out that way.
Sampson said some other strange things on the show that merit scrutiny.
In a discussion of how Obama could have been issued a Social Security number that belonged to a Connecticut resident, which is what Sampson believes, Sampson, with no hint of humor in his voice, threw out this "rampant speculation:"
SAMPSON: You know, there's been some rampant speculation that Bill Ayers and his wife, given their prior affiliation with the Weather Underground knew very well how to obtain counterfeit or false documents.
Sampson also believes there's convincing evidence, even though he says we don't know for sure, that Obama's Selective Service records have been falsified:
SAMPSON: Okay. However, the Selective Service record that also has that Social Security Number of 042-68-4425 was purportedly filed by Mr. Obama in 1980. But then again, you know, Zullo has very convincingly shown me, and has shown a bunch of people either in presentations or behind closed doors how he recreated that postal cancellation stamp, and there are problems with it. But, you know, we don't know. We simply don't know. And that's where it's a little problematic. At some point, hopefully, the truth is going to come out, and we'll see what happens.
As you can imagine, there's much more where this came from. And if you like conspiracy theories or not, you should listen to it, especially if you happen to be a reporter and it's your job to let the public know about Colorado Senate candidates.