Medved Show Top 10 Conspiracies

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An Unscientific Summary of Favorite Theories About Hidden Forces Controlling Our Lives


Almost every month on The Michael Medved Show we offer Conspiracy Day when the moon is full—opening the lines to impassioned callers who seek to expose deep secrets and hidden forces behind perplexing, painful present events. After 15 years of featuring these calls on our show, we compiled a list of the most popular conspiracy theories advocated by our national audience. In order of popularity they are:


1. A conspiracy killed John F. Kennedy and then successfully covered up the crime.


2. Powerful, shadowy bankers and business leaders–organized around the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones Society (or all of these)–plan to impose a New World Order, suspending national sovereignty and individual liberty.


3. 9/11 was an inside job.


4. The Masons and/or the Illuminati have conspired to cause all of the world’s problems and tragedies for the last 300 years.


5. The United States moon landings were faked on a movie set in the Nevada desert.


6. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1948 and the charred alien bodies are stored in the same Nevada site where they staged the moon landing.


7. The Federal Reserve System (aka – the Beast from Jekyll Island) was a diabolical plan by international bankers to assure their control of everything.


8. Fluoridation of the water supply is a secret means for poisoning Americans.


9. The US government developed the AIDS virus in a lab as a means of eliminating Africans and homosexuals.


10. The governments of the world have deliberately suppressed evidence of extra-terrestrial visitations in order to prevent public hysteria.


None of these claims are even vaguely persuasive, but they are often intriguing or at least entertaining. In any event, our callers remind us monthly why the word “lunatic” originated to describe a special sort of madness associated with the full moon.


A final note:

From time to time, people contact me on Conspiracy Day to ask about my interest in Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, the oft-sighted (and cited) bi-pedal primate reputed to stalk the forests of the Pacific Northwest. My fascination with this creature–and my frequently expressed opinion that the weight of scientific evidence suggests that it actually exists– in no way connects with a conspiracy theory. In fact, if Bigfoot didn’t exist, that would indicate the existence of a conspiracy: an enterprising and indefatigable cabal of tireless pranksters who, over the course of more than 100 years, have gone to the trouble of planting footprints, hair samples, audio recordings, and various video and photographic images in exceedingly remote locations.


Sure, there have been some goof-balls who have attempted to con the public, but they are regularly exposed as frauds by the good people at BFRO (Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization). The best book (of a half dozen) on the evidence of this beast is by my friendly acquaintance Professor Jeff Meldrum, a tenured academic at Idaho State University with impeccable credentials. His book, SASQUATCH: LEGEND MEETS SCIENCE, should at least open some minds to the possibility that we will, eventually, find definitive proof that all the tens of thousands who’ve encountered this mysterious species aren’t imagining things. In any event, such a discovery would, in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s phrase, “bring us face to face with something commensurate to our capacity for wonder.”
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  1. jguy  •  Jan 17, 2014 at 2:07 am

    Michael…you did not list flight 800 conspiracy…which you give some credence
    too….. (that was the flight that left Boston and was found to have blown up
    due to a faulty wire or some such rather than the missle that conspiracy believers saw hit the plane) I am one of those who believe some type of
    projectile was fired and then covered up in the aftermath…..I was working late
    night on the night of the crash – my crew went on break and walked into a
    breakroom where the news was on a tv – the report with a VIDEO of the
    streak of some type coming from the ground(ie water) and resulting in
    an airborne explosion was being telecasted……I SAW IT. The next day I
    watched news reports on various stations and NONE had the video of
    the streak coming from the ground….there were NO video reports available and
    I have not seen one since…. Sound like some time of conspiratorial coverup
    to me.

  2. eva loomis  •  Jan 17, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I wanted to call in today as you were disusing the subject of voter I. D. I was a registered democrat but I vote for who I believe will be best for our country. I will proudly show an Id to vote as I am tired of stolen elections. I know three people who tell me proudly that they voted several times in different districts. I told all of them they should be ashamed, and why I would never do such a thing. I did not vote for Obama either time and I feel strongly that the election was fixed. Lets push harder for voter ID as this will help to have an honest election.

    Sincerely, Eva Loomis a now registered republican…

  3. Gordon Travis  •  Jan 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    There is a pandemic mental illness in this land- A creeping anti-socratic denial of logic. We
    study Misology. We accept the emotional argument- It makes more sense to us if there is a plot.

    • Gordon Travis  •  Jan 17, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      In fact, if there is a plot, it is to promote this lack of critical thought.

    • John D. Fiat  •  Jan 20, 2014 at 6:58 am

      There usually is a plot. Most everything is a conspiracy. But that’s not usually a bad thing. For example, I conspired to meed my friend for lunch today. But if that simple act was a conspiracy how can the systematic murder of JFK not be? One magic shot hit JFK, Connally, and James Teague (a bystander)? Do you actually buy that? Oswald was a mere Marksman at shooting his weapon in the Marine Corps (the lowest designation). He also tried to kill General Walker at his Dallas home just six months before he supposedly killed Kennedy. He missed from a mere 100 feet away. Yet, on November, 22 1963, he pulls of the impossible and hits a moving target with a terrible bolt-action rifle with the worst sight ever (according to gun experts)? Yea, I’ll believe that when my feces turns purple and smells like Rainbow Sherbet!

  4. S Johnson  •  Jan 18, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Your idea of conspiracies on your show is to make fun of people over the air with Jeramy laughing in the back ground is not appealing at all unless one likes childish antics.there is proof available on several of the topics if you bother to look but then you already know that so the idea is to be as annoying on air to make people look foolish when it is you who is foolish and all those who agree with you are no better than those who blindly follow the Pres.and can’t think for themselves.on the list I say 2,7,8,and 9 are examples that should be off your not true I said grow up and act like you know what you are doing.

  5. Rick B .  •  Jan 18, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I am surprised the so-called “chem trails” conspiracy didn’t crack the top 10 . All of the stuff the buffs throw out can be explained by basic meteorology . Since I was young, these theories have gone from ones that actually had some logic or motive to ones that defy logic and basic physics. Some young Europeans passionately believe Pres. Bush caused the Phuket tsunami wave , for example , with NO idea as to a motive, much less an explanation how this could be done . Oh well . A sign of where our society is going , on both sides of the pond .

  6. James A. Phillips  •  Jan 18, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Hi Michael! There is no way that humankind could have produced that crop circle that recently appeared Salinas California especially in such a short period of time. And then for the AP to announce that a microchip company did that for a publicity stunt! Come on! If I had the money I would bet them one million dollars that they could not reproduce that or something similar in a week’s time to that precision without disturbing anything around it.
    Yes I think Aliens did it!, James…

  7. Bruce Zittlow  •  Jan 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Isn’t it amazing that there is an all night talk radio network that exists to promote nothing but all ten of these conspiracy theories. Must be money in it.

  8. kick  •  Jan 19, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Michael, you look a lot less scary without the Stalin moustache.

  9. John D. Fiat  •  Jan 20, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Medved is off of his rocker! He believes in Bigfoot but not an obvious JFK conspiracy? There is also a ton more evidence of UFO’s than there is of Bigfoot for crying out loud. And this article has some incorrect information in it too. For example, he’s right about The Bohemian Grove not running anything, but that’s only because that is not the correct name for that evil organization. They are called the Bohemian Club (of San Francisco). The Bohemian Grove is merely the property owned by the club (45 miles NW of SF) where they hold their Satanic retreat every year. So yes, the forrest that the club’s members refer to as “The Grove” doesn’t run anything, it’s just a forrest.

    If you don’t believe that JFK’s murder was a conspiracy, you need to compete in the Special Olympics! How do you explain the magic bullet that supposedly hit Governor Connally, Kennedy, and James Teague (a bystander). Yes, that’s right, according to the official story, Mr. Teague was also hit by Arlen Specter’s “magic bullet” (Specter came up with that theory). But of course not many of our so-called history books ever even mention anything about Mr. Teague (and I’m betting that most of you have never even heard of him). There is also an official memo recovered by the FBI in the JFK case that implicates a “Mr. Bush of the CIA.” And while were talking about the Bush’s, let’s shift to John Hinkley Jr. Most of you probably never heard that his father, John Hinkley Sr., was a big oil buddy of H.W. Bush or that his other son was scheduled to have lunch with Jeb Bush on the same day that Jr. shot Reagan. But it’s all completely true. Can you say one heart beat away from the POTUS? Well, Bush did, but failed!

    Michael Medved thinks that he debunks these “conspiracy theories” but all he does is shift the topic and/or use debate tricks. For example, when a caller asked Medved about why Henry Kissinger was talking about Obama’s place in the New World Order (live on CSPAN), Michael first denied that that had even happened. However, when the caller gave him the link to the youtube vid, Michael actually played it on the air, and then said, “Well, I guess he did say that (chuckle), but do you think that if he was serious he would have said it on CSPAN?” And that was it. He moved on to the next “conspiracy theory.” No explanation at all. Does that sound like a proper debunking, or a pathetic example of tap-dancing out of the question? Obviously, it’s the latter. And why would Kissinger joke or not be serious? Is Michael saying that he was just messing with us? And if so, why?

  10. jguy  •  Jan 21, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I love conspiracy days on Medved BUT michael places JFK assassination as
    number one while embracing Vincent Bugliosi book about Kennedy assassination and totally rejecting his arguments about the Bush administrations role in the Iraq war. It is a disconnect for me that Michael accepts and lauds one while totally dismissing the other.
    Along the same line…..Michael totally rejects the finding of Jesse Ventura in his book about the Kennedy assassination with little, if any, consideration that Gov. Ventura may have some valid points- I find the Ventura position much more compelling and worthy of more consideration than to just discount it because it does not agree with the Warren Commission/Bugliosi account. If the only forces at work on the terrible day of the JFK death were those that were accounted for by the “Official Findings” then we have the truth…..but were not many issues, scores, and grievances all centered on Dallas that day? The Kennedy Assassination is number one because
    it is so massively complex and it defies attempts at simplification.

  11. gary  •  Feb 28, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Medved loses all credibility with his MSM views,could possibly get a job on msnbc or fox news,#s 1 2 3 and 7,you would have to be blind or corrupt not to believe.

  12. K Smith  •  Jun 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    The thing that gets me is that there are these devotees to these conspiracies, and yet there is never anything done to counter the terrible threat supposedly posed. Any of these champions of humanity push for legislation to keep CFR members from holding public office? No, they just sit around and bitch about how helpless and imperiled we all are.

    What a waste of time.

  13. Brian  •  Jul 30, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Michael – My father and I have stumbled upon a serious threat to American society while we were remodeling a friends home and listening to news radio. National news went into simple detail about Russia’s recent space launch of a capsule full of geckos with a stated goal of monitoring their mating habits. Then suddenly…a mind-numbing GEICO advertisement poisoned our ears.

    My father and I believe that Russia and the GEICO gecko are in cahoots to develop a super race of communist geckos. After all, GEICO is the Government Employee Insurance Company, an group of socialists. And, the Gecko has been wearing red very often in the painful commercials. I believe we need to take action soon, before we have to face super-gecko spies in our nation. After the space experiments, they may be too strong for President Obama.

  14. Brian  •  Jul 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    PS: A Putin-led super race will be masters of Gecko Roman wrestling. Putin is a 6th degree Judo black belt and raising the fitness standards across the country.

  15. Rudy Vela  •  Sep 12, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    This is my very first email to you. I don’t ever subscribe to conspiracy theories but I did come up with one. In short Hilary has sold our country’s secrets by allowing unfriendly and friendly countries to send money to the Clinton Foundation as donations or fees for speeches or what have you in exchange for putting her emails on an unsecured server so that they could be easily hacked for what information they wanted. In her mind no one would be the wiser. I’m sure there is a lot more to it but hey Just a thought.

  16. Doug Kincell  •  Aug 4, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Mr Medved, I occasional hear your program and have heard thr conspiracy caller invitation segments. Your answers to the callers demonstrates your deep seated need to ridicule any open thinking person who refuses to believe government propaganda in light of legitimate research exposing facts, inconsistencies and blatant evidence that contradicts official stories. The real conspiracy theories are spun by our government, and they a frequently real duzzys.

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