WorldNetDaily has been eager to tag accused Arizona shooter Jared Loughner as being influence by Marx and Hitler, as well as music lyrics. It has shown no enthusiasm for exploring another apparent influence on Loughner -- a conspiracy-mongering film called "Zeitgeist."
Perhaps that's because "Zeitgeist" has some common obsessions with WND.
From a Daily Beast article:
Both Zeitgeist and Alex Jones promote the idea that world events are controlled by a secretive banking cabal that is using debt to enslave us all. Zeitgeist echoes Alex Jones in warning that the United States is about to be merged with Canada and Mexico into a "North American Union" that will use a new currency, the "Amero." "When the time is right," Zeitgeist informs us, "the North American Union, The European Union, the African Union and the Asian Union will be merged together, forming the final stages of the plan these men have been working on for over 60 years: a one world government." This government will implant microchips in all of our arms. "In the end, everybody will be locked into a monitored control grid, where every single action you perform is documented," it says.
The North American Union is one of the chief obsessions of WND writer Jerome Corsi -- he even wrote a book about it. For instance, in a Dec. 20 WND article, Corsi portrayed a meeting between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of Canada and Mexico as a part of moving toward creation of the NAU. Corsi has also scaremongered about the amero as well.
The Daily Beast continues:
The idea of control and manipulation is the movie's real theme, knitting together its disparate parts. Zeitgeist's second-third rehashes classic 9/11 Truth theories that purport to show that the attacks were actually an inside job. This was done, the final section argues, at the behest of a banking cabal that has repeatedly goaded the United States into war in order to solidify its wealth and power. Chip Berlet, a senior analyst at the think tank Political Research Associates and one of the country's foremost experts on right-wing movements, points out that Zeitgeist borrows liberally from the G. Edward Griffin's The Creature from Jekyll Island, an "expose" of the Federal Reserve System popular with the John Birch Society, Alex Jones, and some Tea Party groups. It also draws on ideas from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, though it never mentions Jews.
While WND has generally stayed away from 9/11 trutherism, it is obsessed with the idea of secret societies like the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, and it sells Stanley Monteith's "Brotherhood of Darkness" -- which claims to expose "secret societies, how they have directed the course of civilization, and how they influence your life today" -- in is online store, as well as a book called "Hope of the Wicked," which purports to show "what the Masters of the Universe are planning for the New World Order." WND editor Joseph Farah is fully on board with this; in a 2009 column, he ranted about how "What Kissinger and his friends in the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group want to see and construct is a "permanent" form of global governance. They seek to serve as the architects of a new empire."
Despite having a lot in common with "Zeitgeist," WND has largely ignored its connection to Loughner. It has mentioned the film in only two articles, and only in passing: once in quoting Rush Limbaugh calling it a film claiming "your government was behind the downing of the [World] Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11," and once in quoting someone else; WND claimed that the film "alleges that Jesus Christ is merely another name for non-existent pagan sun gods and rails against currency-based economics."
Which it does, but much more too -- but WND doesn't want to tell you that because they would discredit themselves by doing so.