Big Liberal Blogger Pans Loose Change
Here's an exceptionally clearheaded review by the Liberal Avenger (see clarification at bottom of post), probably the biggest left of center blog to review Loose Change (other than diaries at Kos and one particularly buffoonish post at the celeb blog, the Huffington Post).
But Loose Change doesn’t just feature irrelevant facts and imply that they indicate a conspiracy. The video also features numerous examples of assertions based on dubious sources. Eyewitness testimony, notoriously unreliable, is used again and again. When witnesses contradict one another, which happens often, the producers arbitrarily choose the account that fits their theory. At one point, the narrator asserts that “it all comes down to whom you choose to believe.”
No. What it comes down to is who’s account is backed by physical and circumstantial evidence. If I choose to believe the witness who is filmed saying that a helicopter crashed into the Pentagon, then I’m an idiot. No helicopter parts were found, and a helicopter crash could not have produced the damage at the Pentagon. I’m also an idiot if I believe the producers of the film when they imply that a cruise missile hit the Pentagon, despite the lack of cruise missile parts, and the abundance of wreckage from a Boeing 757.
I especially like the title for his post: Loose Change: Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
The reference, is of course to Shakespeare, who wrote in Macbeth:
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
A tale told by an idiot indeed.
Update: To answer some of the comments, no, I don't agree with a lot that you will find on the Liberal Avenger's website. My point is that even liberals, who might be attracted to the 9-11 "Truth" movement by the suggestion that Bush was behind it all, find Loose Change to be complete fantasy.
Clarification: The Liberal Avenger stopped by in the comments and noted that his blog is a group blog and that the post cited here was written by Gordo. However, he does essentially agree with Gordo on the post.