One of the social functions of conspiracy theories is to bury genuine malfeasance beneath a layer of bullshit.
See, for example:
- Monsanto’s business practices vs. GMO hysteria;
- Epstein’s book vs. QAnon;
- George W. Bush’s use of 9/11 as a pretext to invade Iraq vs. “9/11 was an inside job”
- and, most infamously, the inherent dynamics of capitalism vs. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
See also the California wildfires started because PG&E went 17 years without performing adequate safety checks on electrical infrastructure vs the California wildfires started because of the giant Jewish space laser.