The term has become taboo. It gets slapped on investigative journalists and documentary film-makers as though it were some sort of anti-accreditation.
"That’s just a conspiracy theory." They say it as if this label somehow proves the information to be inherently false.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there are a lot conspiracy theories floating around these days. It seems there is a documentary on nearly every industry in the world, making a very strong argument for some sort of large-scale corruption and fraud. Here are just a few that might look familiar: