Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Guardian Rips the "Scholars"

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.

Many of the 9/11 scholars have a history of defending conspiracy theories, including that the CIA plotted both the Lockerbie bombing and the plane crash of John F Kennedy Jr and his wife, and that "global secret societies" control the world.

Professor Robert Goldberg, of the University of Utah, wrote a book on conspiracy theories, Enemies Within: the Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America. He recounts a history of religious and political leaders using conspiracy theories for personal and political gain. The common enemy is usually Jews, big government or corporations. The public laps it up, either because these theories are more exciting than the truth, or out of emotional need.

"What the conspiracy theorists do is present their case with facts and figures: they have dates, meeting places and always name names," he says. "The case is always presented in a prosecutorial way, or the way an adventure writer presents a novel. It's a breathless account. They are willing to say hearsay is a fact, and rumour is true, and accidents are never what they seem.

Good article, and I love the ending, which is clearly intentionally ironic:

"We're academics and we're rational, and we really believe Congress or someone should investigate this," says David Gabbard, an East Carolina education professor and 9/11 scholar. "But there are a lot of crazies out there who purport that UFOs were involved. We don't want to be lumped in with those folks."


At 05 September, 2006 08:20, Blogger AbrashTX said...

Ah, sweet irony! The Guardian is regarded as an independent, left-leaning paper, and can't be accused of being part of the U.S. media monopoly.

Can't wait to see how the Deniers will attack this piece. Should be entertaining. I expect to hear squalling about those mean lefty gatekeepers who just don't want to connect the dots.

At 05 September, 2006 08:27, Blogger Chad said...

Is there no end to the media cover-up!?!?!?!!?

At 05 September, 2006 09:02, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...


I do not trust from the "Guardian" ever since they started to let Michael Meacher write for them..

Still, if the guardian is turning on them...the party is coming to an end...

At 05 September, 2006 09:58, Blogger nes718 said...

"Rips" is too strong a phrase. But it's true, a lot of dissenting voices have been following government corruption for a long time. As written, it's usual mainstream media disinfo/hype.

And in other news, Kosher Al Qaeda analysis:

Galloway, Fisk, Hersh: Azzam’s Favorite Infidels

At 05 September, 2006 10:46, Blogger Sword of Truth said...

Is anyone else starting to think that Nessie is an automated script?

10 PRINT "OMG! It's teh j000000s!!!"
30 GOTO 10

At 05 September, 2006 13:28, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

More like...

10 Input $A
20 If $A="TERROR" Then
30 Print "Da JOOs DID IT!!!"
40 Else Print "I love Iran"
50 Endif
60 Goto 10

sorry, my programming skills left me a long time ago...


At 05 September, 2006 13:34, Blogger Alex said...

Wow. BASIC?!?!? You know you're ancient when....

At 05 September, 2006 15:01, Blogger shawn said...

Yeah, nesnyc, they planted the dorkiest fat American they could find to be a member of al-Qaeda. You think they'd use a a well-spoken, Arabic American, but nope. White, fat, dork.

Where do you find these retards who somehow manage to keep a blog going?


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