Liberals have taken to calling any conservative view of the world a “conspiracy theory”. This often gets quite humorous. They said that conservatives who thought the Steele dossier was a clumsy fraud, a hoax intended to frame Trump, and that Trump was not the slave (whether through blackmail, promise of profit, or sheer evil Trumpiness) of Russia’s President Putin were the gullible victims of conspiracy thinking. “Why would anyone in the FBI or the Justice Department want to “get” Trump? After all, they work for him. And they are in the civil service, which is strictly neutral when it comes to politics, honorable people who would never stoop to injustice.”
Of course, it turned out that the the Steele dossier was paid for by Democratic Party operatives, that the civil service hated Trump and lied and cheated to try to frame up his subordinates in the hopes of getting them to tell lies about Trump, and that media was complicit. We now know that liberals in 2017 were either (a) amazingly gullible, or (b) lying.
I was hoping to find a quote from a play. A foolish young lordling expresses some oddball opinion. His matron aunt scolds him, and tells him that he is to get all his opinions from the Times, like everybody else in society. “They’re just as foolish, but it’s the thing to do.” I thought it was The Importance of Being Earnest, but I can’t find it there, or in Major Barbara. It very much fits either Wilde or Shaw.