Investigative Reporters and Conspiracy Theorists

I put up a Facebook Question the other day on behalf of News In Fact that asked
If you could be a reporter, what news category would you want to cover and why (explain in a comment)?
I set up the standard choices of

Political Financial International
Health Sports Entertainment
Economic Technology Environment
Some of the first respondents gloumed onto an added choice, “Conspiracy Theorist.” What the heck is this I wondered. I had to go look it up to be sure. Brad Crooks, who has years of being immersed in the news industry, provided some clarity in a comment he left.
Investigative Journalist would be a more accurate description. We just don’t have those around anymore.
And as always, with clarity comes more questions. I remember the term “investigative journalist” being tossed around with the same awesome machismo associated with “test pilot” during the 50s and 60s. If you were an investigative journalist you were right up there with James Bond infiltrating the security built around skeletons in the closets of the biggest organizations, corporations, politicians and goverments. You were like Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.
So, if Brad’s comment is true yet people still fantasize about being “conspiracy theorists,” where have all our Robin Hoods gone?

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