Four so-called ‘conspiracy theories’ that have just been flipped

New York City-based marketer Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council, took to social media last week to address a series of so-called “conspiracy theories” espoused by many conservatives that appear to contain elements of truth.

In a short Twitter thread on Wednesday, Gestetner drew attention to four separate storylines that, in recent days, seem to have gone from implausible to very likely.

“In a matter of days, 4 major HAHAHA YOU CONSPIRACY THEORIST items turned out to have merit:

– Humans can influence dominion machines per the company’s admission. (“Human error” of course).

– Covid from a Lab.

– Immunity lasts years.

– VP Biden had dinner with Burisma guys.”

His post contained screengrabs of headlines that appeared to support his contentions.

One of his examples included a Washington Examiner story featuring Dominion Voting Systems used in the battleground state of Pennsylvania; the firm was singled out by the 2020 Trump campaign and its legal team, among others, for allegedly programming electronic ballot machines to switch votes from Donald Trump to his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

The story cited Nicole Nollette, the executive vice president of operations at Dominion, who said “human error” was to blame for some of the company’s machines failing to tally ballots correctly for Republicans. Nollette made the statement “during a two-hour special meeting held by the Luzerne County volunteer election board on Monday,” the Examiner reported, citing a local newspaper.

“Luzerne County voters, regardless of their party affiliation, saw a ballot only labeled for the Democratic primary on the first screen, leading to confusion. Ballots would show as Republican when printed, even though they appeared to be Democratic on the screen. The election authority granted GOP voters to file a provisional or emergency ballot,” the Examiner reported, adding that Director of Elections Bob Morgan said last week a “coding error” from Dominion caused the mistake.

Gestetner also screen-shotted a New York Times headline and story reporting that scientists now believe that immunity to COVID-19 virus “may last years,” negating the need for booster vaccines and ongoing mask mandates and social distancing.

“Important immune cells survive in the bone marrow of people who were infected with the virus or were inoculated against it, new research suggests,” the Times’ sub-headline noted.

In March, the Times reported similar findings.

“Eight months after infection, most people who have recovered still have enough immune cells to fend off the virus and prevent illness, the new data show. A slow rate of decline in the short term suggests, happily, that these cells may persist in the body for a very, very long time to come,” the paper noted of the study, which at the time had not been peer-reviewed.

Next, Gestetner included a headline from the New York Post saying that Joe Biden, when he was still vice president, joined his son Hunter Biden in meetings with “shady business partners” — which runs afoul of earlier claims by the current president he never knew many details at all about his son’s business dealings.

Specifically, the report, citing data discovered on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, noted that VP Biden allegedly met with his son’s Ukrainian, Russian, and Kazakhstani business associates for dinner in Washington, D.C.’s Café Milano on April 16, 2015.

“Ok – the reason for the dinner is ostensibly to discuss food security,” Hunter Biden said on March 26 in an email to Michael Karloutsos, whose father, at the time, headed the Greek Orthodox Church. “Dad will be there but keep that between us for now. Thanks.”

In a follow-up tweet, Gestetner speculated that the 2020 election would have turned out differently had these conspiracies been debunked ahead of time.

“The louder you are told HAHAHA CONSPIRACY THEORIST when it involves politics, the more you should dig until proven wrong. Also, with a ‘news media’ and GOP just marginally more honest and on point, Biden would have easily lost 2020 in key states based on the above items alone,” he wrote.

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Jon Dougherty

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