You Really Believe That?
In the 1950s, the U.S. government conspired with the tobacco industry to conceal the connection between smoking and cancer from the American public. The CIA and other organizations conspired to conduct ghastly experiments on unwitting American citizens in programs like Project MK-Ultra in 1953 and the Tuskegee experiment that ran for 40 years. Thanks to the internet, today's conspiracy theorists enjoy huge followings and a larger-than-ever platform. Some conspiracy theories refuse to die, including one of the more disturbing baseless conjectures involving a controversial radio show host whose claims have sent him deep into debt.
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