Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Cracks in the Gatekeeper Media?

That's no doubt how the Troofers will describe this article in the Arizona Republic:

An Arizona state senator is petitioning presumptive GOP presidential nominee John McCain to meet with 9/11 conspiracy theorists, including an adjunct professor from Scottsdale who has been fasting outside McCain's Phoenix office for more than a week.

State Sen. Karen Johnson, a Mesa Republican, delivered a letter to McCain's Senate office Tuesday asking that he sit down with Scottsdale activist Blair Gadsby and a pair of leading members of the 9/11 Truth Movement to consider alternative explanations for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Gadsby's fast outside McCain's Senate office entered its 10th day today.

It strikes me as slightly ironic that all it too was for Karen Johnson to write a letter for the media to cover this; Blair's hunger strike does not seem to have been the precipitating event. However, note that he doesn't mention that he'll be giving it up a week from today:

Gadsby said he'll maintain his office vigil until McCain pledges to sit down with him, Richard Gage, founder of Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, and Steven Jones, a physicist who claims to have done laboratory analysis and found evidence of explosives in the WTC rubble. Their conditions: a pledge of two hours with McCain, plus national media coverage.

Office vigil, not the hunger strike. I don't know how McCain can guarantee national media coverage, but I guess that's a quibble. Certainly anything the Republican presumptive nominee does from here on will generate interest. The article claims that Blair has lost 20 pounds; man, he's gotta look like a skeleton by now.