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This article presents a brief case study showing a relationship between changes in the political economy of the Turkish media and the prevalence of conspiracy theories in elite political discourse. It argues that the AK Party elites largely refrained from reliance on conspiracy theories as a political tool until after cultivating a friendly media ecosystem. This supports the argument that political elites tend to perform cost–benefit analyses and will not weaponize conspiracy theories unlessdoi:10.5281/zenodo.4501629 fatcat:v2uglvxlkzgvtknefzxwyjubgy