Mixed Media Reaction
To Chicago Conference Shows Progress
The media's reaction to the widely publicized 9/11 truth conference in Chicago this past weekend was a mixed bag but the general trend of the receptivity zeitgeist is shifting away from the old stereotypes and allowing key issues to be aired in a more balanced forum.
The New York Times published a review of the conference by Alan Feuer which mainly let the participants of the conference do the talking and kept sneering sardonic jibes, the usual fodder of mainstream press 9/11 stories, to a tolerable minimum.
"Such "red flags," as they are sometimes called, were the meat and potatoes of the keynote speech on Friday night by Alex Jones, who is the William Jennings Bryan of the 9/11 band. Mr. Jones, a syndicated radio host, is known for his larynx-tearing screeds against corruption — fiery, almost preacherly, addresses in which he sweats, balls his fists and often swerves from quoting Roman history to using foul language in a single breath.
"At the lectern Friday night, beside a digital projection reading "History of Government Sponsored Terrorism," Mr. Jones set forth the central tenets of 9/11 Truth: that the military command that monitors aircraft "stood down" on the day of the attacks; that President Bush addressed children in a Florida classroom instead of being whisked off to the White House; that the hijackers, despite what the authorities say, were trained at American military bases; and that the towers did not collapse because of burning fuel and weakened steel but because of a "controlled demolition" caused by pre-set bombs."
The article did not sit well with Neo-Con blog website NewsBusters, which savaged the New York Times for giving the 9/11 truth movement a "respectful hearing" - God forbid the news media should actually treat anyone with respect and write a balanced summary.
NewsBusters' go to great lengths to portray 9/11 truth seekers as a "rag-tag" group of "wacky conspiracy theorists" and their main gripe is the fact that the New York Times didn't treat Vince Foster murder theory proponents with the same decorum.
"The Foster-suicide skeptics aren’t seen as lovable losers the way Feuer portrayed the 9/11 skeptics. Weiss’s 9,000-word article refers to Clinton “haters” six times, “Clinton crazies” 11 times and four “far rights” for good measure. While Feuer’s tone is sometimes skeptical, he doesn’t see a single hater or crazy among a sea of people holding up signs declaiming the “Bush junta,” or alleging that Bush instigated the destruction of the Twin Towers."
NewsBusters it seems are only willing to entertain the notion that governments kill people for political gain when a Democrat is in office.
Long term readers will not need to be reminded that Alex Jones cut his teeth exposing the criminality of the Clinton administration. As usual, Bushite cheerleading drones have filled the page with comments attacking 9/11 skeptics, so we encourage everyone to click here, leave a comment, and restore some parity.
Perhaps the most bizarre attack piece appeared in the Canadian Free Press in an article by John Lawrence.
The writer partly blames the failure of the entire Canadian education system on Alex Jones! He also blames Alex and others for helping to recruit homegrown terrorist cells via his documentary films.
These allegations would be funny if they were not so factually retarded. Can Mr. Lawrence cite one example where an alleged terrorist has referenced an Alex Jones documentary as his inspiration?
The conclusions we can draw from this overall response is reasonably positive. The mainstream media is being forced to treat the 9/11 truth movement with a modicum of respect, partly due to its enhanced credibility and partly due to the fact that they get bombarded with complaints after every hit piece.
This is a benchmark of progress for a movement that has evolved from the pigeonholed fringe into the core of the modern body politic.
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