An article by Paul Farhi in the American Journalism Review, From the Fringe to the Mainstream, explores the role of the media in the rise to fame of fringe players such as Orly Taitz. Farhi asks:
Why does a crank like Taitz rate so much attention in the first place? By her own estimate, Taitz has given more than a thousand interviews to domestic and international news sources over the past two years. Is it any wonder that eight in 10 Americans told the Pew Research Center last year that they were aware of at least some of the birther allegations about Obama?
How should the media handle cranks and conspiracy theorists? Read what one journalist answers.