Three Tricks and Distortions In Loose Change
Be aware of the following tricks and distortions in Loose Change:
1. Watch for printed text. The clear implication is that you can trust it because it's in print somewhere. Many, many of the citations shown are from conspiracy kook websites. We even caught them passing something off as coming from Newsweek, when in actually it was from a blog that claimed to have "transcribed it" from their website before it was taken down (Newsweek is in on the conspiracy).
2. Watch for secondary sourcing.
In Jim Marrs' book Inside Job, April [Gallop] claims...
If they checked out April Gallop for themselves with the help of Google they'd discover that she gets upset when she smells jet fuel at an airport, that she's turned into a crusader against illegal immigration because of 9-11 (several of the hijackers were in the country illegally), that she in short gives every indication that she believes the Pentagon was indeed hit by American Airlines Flight 77.
3. Watch for selective quotes which are intended to give the impression that the speaker supports the conspiracy theory. Wally Miller, Somerset County Coroner, comes in for a lot of this with four carefully selected quotes used to make it sound as if there was no plane there, and there were no human remains there.
For example, consider these two quotes (around 57:45):
"It looked like someone took a scrap truck, dug a 10-foot ditch and dumped trash into it."
"I stopped being coroner after about 20 minutes, because there were no bodies there."
From the Washington Post, we do indeed find both those precise quotes. But look at what Miller then said:
That's dishonest. They found two short quotes that suited their purpose, and ignored the rest, which completely contradicts everything in the movie about Flight 93.