Popular Mechanics Takes on 9/11 Conspiracy Theories and 'Loose Change' Creators
Some of you might be familiar with an Internet movie called “Loose Change.” Addressed by NewsBusters in August, this low-budget schlockumentary suggested that much of 9/11 is a fantasy created by the Bush administration to advance the war on terror.
With that in mind, “Democracy Now” host Amy Goodman invited the writer/director and researcher of this film on her program today to debate a couple of editors from Popular Mechanics magazine about this issue (video and transcript links to follow).
Popular Mechanics was invited on due to a March 2005 cover-story it did entitled “9/11: Debunking the Myths.” More recently, PM has taken a strong position against this film in an article at its blog:
The conspiracist mythology of 9/11, which recasts the terrorist operation as a government-coordinated assault followed by the most complex coverup in history, is lurching towards a mainstream audience. The newest straight-to-video film in this burgeoning canon, Loose Change, was produced not by hardened, professional conspiracy theorists with established distribution networks, but by unknown 20-something filmmakers. Essentially a repackaging of theories and pseudo-evidence presented in previous books, DVDs and online screeds, Loose Change is available on DVD at www.loosechange911.com, and is advertised on Web sites frequently visited by college students.
PM's position on these theories has always been that honest questions about the events of September 11 should be investigated fairly and openly. That was the goal of the magazine's March, 2005 cover story which looked at 16 factual claims that conspiracy theorists most frequently cite in support of their theories. That investigation found that all 16 of those claims were mistaken or misinterpreted. Readers interested in more background on this issue should also see this, and this.