Exposing the 9/11 Conspiracy spin machine

January 30, 2009

Here is the latest from the one news source that makes Fox News look objective, Infowars.

It includes a video of 9/11 conspiracy theorists doing what they always do, videotaping themselves while they harass some celebrity, in this case Former President Jimmy Carter, at a book signing and then framing their getting kicked out of the bookstore as further proof their beliefs that were allowed to stand or fall on their own merits in the public sphere (and in this case fell like a rock) is being silenced.


But now they’re no longer asking if particular celebrities think “9/11 was an inside job.” No, I suspect they’ve been burned too many times on that one.
So taking a page from the creationist Wedge Document, they’ve decided to spin it into something far more reasonable sounding:

“I was just wondering if you’d support the victims’ family members that want a new investigation into 9/11.”


Who doesn’t want to support the victims’ families?

And when Carter casually said, sure that he’d support “the victims’ family members that want a new investigation into 9/11”, Paul Joseph Watson decided to add him to the list of celebrities that support his cause.

There’s only one problem.

Former President Jimmy Carter doesn‘t support his cause:

“I think the basic reason is that our country suffered, in 9/11, a terrible and shocking attack … and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of many Americans, to a heroic commander-in-chief, fighting a global threat against America,” Carter says.


This isn’t the first time the often good-natured Jimmy Carter has had his words exploited and twisted by fringe movements promoting an agenda. For many years, UFO nuts have touted Carter as someone who’s admitted to seeing a UFO himself.
The implication was that Carter believed like they did that the unidentified flying object was from outer space, a misconception that Carter didn’t even know was being perpetuated and was very clear in correcting when he was a guest on The Skeptics Guide To The Universe podcast.

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