One of the most pervasive hallmarks of the political left is their chronic distortion of language. George Orwell highlighted this in great detail when he wrote 1984. The term he created for this type of behavior is Newspeak.
Progressives and other leftists have been warping language for well more than a century. It is the only way they have any hope st winning arguments or convincing those that are uninformed or unknowledgeable.
One of the most common tactics used by leftists is to take a term that has a negative connotation and apply it to those who absolutely do not deserved to be tagged with that label. The most current example of this is the all too casual way leftists on social media throw around the accusations of someone being a conspiracy theorist.
All an individual has to do to be tagged on social media as a conspiracy theorist is to make a statement that conflicts with standard leftist orthodoxy. Liberals and other leftists live in a universe that is divorced from reality, a universe that is ruled by feeling and emotions rather than the truth, facts, science, or other forms of absolute truth.
Social media giants such as FaceBook and Twitter employ an army of so called fact checkers who all too often label factual posts as false or containing misinformation. If you share posts that are flagged by these phony fact checkers too often you risk being banned or having the audience your posts reach severely restricted. I have been banned from Twitter for spreading conspiracies and I am pretty sure FaceBook has severely throttled back my account.
To be labeled a conspiracy theorist by a leftist on social media all you have to do is tell the truth about the 2020 presidential election being stolen from President Trump, mask mandates being ineffectual, lockdowns doing tremendous harm and no good, the possibility of the Wuhan Virus escaping from a lab, global warming and man caused climate change being a bunch of bunk, and so much more.
It is amazing how frequently us so called conspiracy theorist are later proved to be purveyors of the truth when all of the facts and evidence are carefully examined and weighed.