Unlike the French or the Italians, for whom conspiracies are an integral part of government activity, acknowledged by all, Americans have been temperamentally prone to discount them. Reflecting its audience, the press follows suit. Editors and reporters like to offer themselves as hardened cynics, following the old maxim “Never believe anything till it is officially denied,” but in truth, they are touchingly credulous, ever inclined to trust the official version, at least until irrefutable evidence—say, the failure to discover a single WMD in Iraq—compels them finally to a darker view.
Temperament has nothing to do with it. The media constantly propagandizes the American people to believe that conspiracies only exist at the lower levels of society in the USA. They refuse to acknowledge the obvious evidence of such conspiracy because under the influence of the government's intelligence agencies, which routinely place assets within the media stories that show the US Government in a bad light are suppressed, much as was done in the former USSR. My experience is that the people in the media really do know what is going on, but they are paid to lie and lie they shall. This was illustrated only yesterday when the former senior Mideast Correspondent for the BBC went public with his views that Israel was behind the 9-11 attacks in New York.