This week marks one year since I Can't Believe it's Not News began, and boy, oh boy, did we have a wild year! Join us as we have a brief discussion about past episodes, lessons we learned and tip our murderino hats to My Favorite Murder by discussing our favorite conspiracy theories. We joined by none other than Elizabeth, who returned to talk fake news, conspiracy theories and best new TV shows.
Elizabeth chose the conspiracy theory 'Obama is a Secret Muslim' to discuss as her favorite. This allegation has been suggested since he campaigned for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and proliferated after his election as president in 2008. No action taken during his time in office suggests this theory is in any way close to the truth, but 31% of the GOP voters still believe it.
Kelly's favorite conspiracy theory is the Flat Earth theory - as in the world is not flat. As someone who grew up literally across the river from NASA's launching site, she can verify it is 100% true that the shuttle goes up and the astronauts and numerous countries going to space are not, in fact, faking it. You don't have to take her word for it, you can also listen to some astrophysicist if you need more proof than these photos, taken by Kelly's own mother at NASA.
Beth discussed her favorite conspiracy theory - did 3+ million undocumented immigrants vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016? How do you track that, exactly? Is there any proof this happened? (No) Will Trump ever shut up about his erroneous claims? (Also, no.)
Elizabeth, Kelly and Beth learned so much this past year, but one thing above all else: Fighting fake news isn't easy, but it's worth the effort!
Elizabeth's Jam of the Week is the FX series, Legion:
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, Legion is the story of “David Haller” (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named “Syd” (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
Kelly's Jam of the Week is Astronaut Chris Hadfield's cover of the David Bowie classic, Space Oddity, filmed on the ISS:
Beth's Jam of the Week is the CBC sitcom Schitt's Creek:
In CBC's sitcom Schitt's Creek, the Roses are a wealthy couple -- video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira -- suddenly find themselves completely broke. With only one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt's Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke, this once-wealthy couple must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to face their newfound poverty head-on and come together as a family to survive.
31% in GOP believe Obama is Muslim
Why do so many people think Obama is a Muslim?
Neil Tyson Demonstrates Absurdity of "Flat Earth"
8 Times Flat-Earthers Tried to Challenge Science (and Failed) in 2017
Fact-check: Did 3 million undocumented immigrants vote in this year's election?
No proof of Trump's conspiracy theory that millions voted many times
Trump can’t let go of a made-up voter-fraud conspiracy theory
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