Slate Tackles the Bilderberg Curiosity

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Slate.com’s
Jack Shafer wrote a piece on the media ‘blackout’ for the Bilderberg meeting this last weekend:

Without a doubt, Bilderberg ends up stimulating speculations that it’s a nefarious organization. In an earlier generation, some theorists regarded the Council on Foreign Relations as a similar shadow government for its furtive ways. But as the CFR opened up in recent decades, holding many sessions on the record, it has become as threatening as the World Economic Forum at Davos.

Maybe there’s a lesson in there for the Bilderbergers. Letting the press in for a closer look at what goes on would go a long way to reduce the shouting while preserving the group’s right to think out loud. Or maybe all the heavy security and skulking about is a deliberate marketing ploy by Bilderberg to differentiate its yacht cruise from the ocean voyage that is Davos.

That sounds too reasonable to us. We scoff. If you weren’t there this weekend – you’re part of the conspiracy too.