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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this highly dramatized "reality" series -- which stars former Minnesota governor/pro wrestler/Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura -- explores alleged conspiracies surrounding topics like secret military weapons and the 9/11 attacks. The show reflects Ventura's personal ideas about the need for citizens to keep a close eye on their governments (which, according to him, can never be trusted). There's occasional strong language (though it's generally bleeped), and some of the supposed cover-ups deal with violent events -- including military attacks, terrorism, natural disasters, and environmental destruction.
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If No CIA conspiracy to assassinate a popular president (Kennedy) existed, then why not declassify the CIA files of a dead man who apparently had no family?
What's the story?
CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA is a reality/mystery show committed to uncovering alleged government cover-ups. Former Minnesota governor/WWF wrester/Navy SEAL Jesse Ventura leads a team of reporters, researchers, and operatives as they collect information and investigate theories about the existence of secret military weapons and some of the untold realities surrounding the 9/11 attacks and global warming. He travels across the country to try to gain access to top-secret areas and meets with scientists who share their opinions about what they believe the government is doing; interviews with witnesses to unusual events are also included. At the end of each investigation, Ventura offers his opinions about the credibility of the information the team has collected.
Is it any good?
Conspiracy Theory presents a rather ominous take on the variety of ways that the government and other power structures can potentially engage in secret activities without the public’s knowledge. While Ventura is careful to never specifically offer a judgment about the validity of any of the theories, his interpretations of the information collected about these issues clearly reflect his personal (and sometimes controversial) views about the role of government in people’s lives.
While Ventura and his team discuss the importance of finding the truth behind some of these alleged cover-ups, most of the show's conversations seem too scripted and over the top to be credible. And some of Ventura’s opinions on these conspiracies border on the outright theatrical. While his approach may stir up some entertainment, it makes it hard to accept anything that he says as believable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether or not they believe in government conspiracies. Do you think that the stories shown here have any credibility? How could you find out more?
How does it make you feel when people in the media accuse the
government of lying?
Have there been times in history when these accusations have proven correct?
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