The Guardian's Illustrated, Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy -- Did You Know Spain Was Involved?

We're not exactly unaccustomed to paranoid political thinking in the pages of our rival weekly here in San Francisco. But the journos at the Bay Guardian have taken their conspiracy theories to new levels -- and depicted them in bolder-than-ever graphics -- in this week's issue.

Appearing alongside an article by Guardian reporters Rebecca Bowe and Sarah Phelan about the "media machine behind the assault on progressive ideas" is a spiderweb conspiracy chart that puts John Nash's scribblings in A Beautiful Mind to shame. The idea, as far as we can tell, is that a vast array of nefarious entities worldwide -- more than 80 are listed -- are connected to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and the right-wing bloviators at Fox News. (The print version of the chart is pictured below; click here for a crisper PDF from the Guardian Web site.)

We have to admit that the conspiratorial wickedness of some of the parties named here had previously been unknown to us. Were you aware, for instance, that an entire sovereign nation -- "Spain," as the Guardian simply notes -- is linked to "British newspapers" via "Satellite TV" and "Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush"? Or that "Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Bill O'Reilly" are secretly colluding with "J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited (London)" and the "U.S. Department of Justice"?

Then again, what do we here at The Snitch know? We enjoy a nice Rioja with grilled meats and occasionally chuckle at the caustic wit of the British press. This thing goes deeper than anybody realized. Maybe we're in on it, too.

Update: As one of our astute readers points out below, the above-discussed graphic does, indeed, bear a remarkable resemblance to the charts of conspiracy-theory guru Lyndon LaRouche. Click here to see to see a LaRouche graph that connects "The British Empire," "Hollywood," and "Microsoft Research Center" in a fashion similar to the Guardian image. There's even some overlap between the two charts -- Rupert Murdoch, News Corporation, and Fox News are featured in each.

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