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9/11, ABC, the Washington Post, and Too Many Holes to Plug

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"Some people would think you're part of the lunatic fringe." -Chris Bury, ABC News, March 6, 2010, interviewing the producers of "Loose Change".
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"The only thing novel about Mr. Fujita is that a man so susceptible to the imaginings of the lunatic fringe happens to occupy a notable position in the governing apparatus of a nation that boasts the world's second-largest economy." -Washington Post editorial, March 8, 2010

The daily right-wing "talking points" distributed to the Limbaughs, Hannitys et al. of the conservative media are, by now, so well understood that they've become material for the political humor of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. One has come to expect such wording from the likes of the Fox Channel. When one hears an unlikely phrase like "going rogue" coming out of half a dozen rightist mouths within a the space of a few hours, it's no longer surprising. Just another "fair and balanced" day.
The fact that such slanderous language as "lunatic fringe" (Bury repeated it in his ABC report with another interviewee) is now coming from such major "mainstream" sources when referencing the 9/11 Truth Movement is more worrisome, because it indicates a rising level of concern within politically powerful elements for an issue based on such a collective of lies that it is simply not going away. Regarding the journalistic objectivity demonstrated in ABC's edited Nightline report, you can judge for yourself:
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A few observations about ABC and the Post:
* The convention covered by Mr. Bury included scientists and engineers from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth who were available for interview. One could see their banner in the background as Bury interviewed a musician. ABC chose to make an association between the Truth Movement and a deranged gunman while ignoring the scientists just a few yards away who could have discussed with authority the physical impossibility of the "official" story and the importance of thermite residue in dust samples. That fact, all by itself, tells a very unlovely story about the journalistic integrity and the personal ethics of decision makers at ABC.
* There is something pathetic about Mr. Bury, because, well, he's such a classic example. While the authors of the Post's piece can hide behind the anonymous "editorial", Bury is right there on camera in the role of corrupt journalist. His line of questioning of the two filmmakers was, of course, indefensible, and somehow it showed in closeups of his face that he knew exactly what he was doing.
* The Post's editorial attacking Japanese politician Yukihisa Fujita is amazing in its invective: "...bizarre, half-baked and intellectually bogus;... a man susceptible to the imaginings of the lunatic fringe...". How on earth can the editorialists at this late date be unaware of the top level personnel all over the globe who share Fujita's views and who have been absolutely open about it? "We have no reason to believe that Mr. Fujita's views are widely shared in Japan." Really? Better look again, and not just in Japan.
* The Post editorial reads like a direct threat to the Japanese government. After asserting that Fujita's views "seem to reflect a strain of anti-American thought that runs through the DPJ and the government of Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama", the writer(s) end with a warning that the U.S-Japan relationship "will be severely testedif Mr. Hatoyama tolerates elements of his own party as reckless and fact-averse as Mr. Fujita." Ironic, isn't it, the reference to "fact averse".
As people look more closely at the official story, more gaping holes become obvious. It will be interesting to see how what we call the "Mainstream Media" will deal with this global 9/11Truth Movement as it keeps gaining strength.
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Bill Willers is emeritus professor of biology, University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Founder/former director of the Superior Wilderness Action Network (SWAN), editor of 'Learning to Listen to the Land' and 'Unmanaged Landscapes', both from Island (more...)

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