Why Russia’s joke about investigating the US moon landing isn’t a jokePosted by Josh Taylor / November 26, 2018
There is a conspiracy theory that the moon landing never happened. That conspiracy theory is not limited to the United States––it is also popular in Russia. Recently, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, said that his agency would investigate the moon landing. He said this with a smirk and a shrug, which many interpreters believe indicates he is joking.
But here’s the problem––this is not a funny a joke. Investigating the moon landing––even as a joke––gives some credence to the conspiracy that the landing was faked, and given credence to conspiracy theories can have dangerous consequences.
Russia has fueled conspiracy theories before. They participated in the #Pizzagate conspiracy, which helped discredit Hillary Clinton and led to election of Donald Trump.
The question that we must ask is: Is Dmitry Rogozin’s little joke really a joke? Or is it part of Russia’s continuing new war campaign against the United States? It is unfortunate that such a question needs to be asked, and perhaps it is more unfortunate that the answer to this question and similar ones must always be the latter––at least for the foreseeable future. News readers must always assume that Russia is working to interfere with all aspects of U.S. life.