Project Censored Tainted By Association with Kooks?
Actually, the kooks are in the house, not that you'd know it from this story:
Huff and Phillips noted that they are not part of the so-called 9/11 Truth Movement, arguing that urging mainstream coverage of that particular set of questions is just a small piece of their wider body of work. There are signs, however, that returning to that particular topic over the past several years has harmed some people's perceptions of the project.
One person familiar with Project Censored noted that at least two former judges had parted ways over "the 9/11 fixation ... a really weak link in the entire operation. It rearranges atomized factoids into theories." Yet the project should still be viewed as valuable and relevant, this person added.
"There is absolutely no question that they've done extremely important work over the years," noted Reese Erlich, a prominent journalist who has covered the Iraq war and won awards from Project Censored for his work in the past. "The mainstream media in this country are failing to report all kinds of issues." Yet Erlich turns a critical eye onto the so-called 9/11 Truth narrative. "My biggest gripe is that by complaining there is a conspiracy ... you take away from the ability of people to make positive change," he noted. "It gives them all the power, and the people have none of the power."
In fact, Peter Phillips has been heavily involved with the "Truthers" for years. In 2007, he said this about Steven Jones' crackpot notions:
Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State sociology professor and head of Project Censored, described the hypothesis as "serious scientific work" in his remarks introducing Jones.
Jones also gave the keynote address at the unveiling of the Project Censored list for that year. Phillips has also appeared at numerous "Truther" events and conventions. Both Phillips and Huff are listed as members of 911truth.org's website advisory board.