A Conspiracy Theory the Media Can Tolerate

While ABC came under assault from the left in this country for
even thinking to air something critical of the Clinton administration's
role in the leadup to 9/11, Canada's leading broadcast network was
doing the very opposite: airing a "documentary" exploring
the idea
that the Bush White House was behind the attacks
that killed thousands of Americans (often called MIHOP in leftie circles):

the eve of the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies, the leftist, anti-Bush
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s national public
broadcaster, aired an outrageous and disgraceful documentary on a
Sunday news program regarding half-baked 9/11 conspiracy theories that
only served to insult the memories of those who perished that tragic

9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracy, the only fascinating thing about the
CBC show was its complete absurdity and the fact that it actually made
it to air.On the conspiracy side, it featured a young, budding
“film-maker” whose online documentary portrays the
destruction of the World Trade Center
towers as the result of a bomb in the basement, demolition explosives
planted beforehand throughout the buildings, and the airliner crash,
which, it claims, was not enough in itself to topple the towers.
According to this masterpiece of misleading fiction, the Pentagon was
also hit by a missile, not by an airplane; and the passengers of United
93 didn’t crash into a Pennsylvania field, but disembarked at
an airport.

is a widely downloaded internet conspiracy film that is being
translated into different languages. The CBC swallowed it whole.

might think that this is a problem just for Canadians. Surely if a
major TV network tried showing "9/11" here no one would be interested.
Think again. About a third of Americans believe in 9/11
conspiracy theories

More than a third of the American public suspects that
officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to
stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East,
according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

The national survey of 1,010 adults also found that anger
the federal government is at record levels, with 54 percent saying they
"personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.

Widespread resentment and alienation toward the national
appears to be fueling a growing acceptance of conspiracy theories about
the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Suspicions that the 9/11 attacks were "an inside job" _ the
phrase used by conspiracy theorists on the Internet _ quickly have
become nearly as popular as decades-old conspiracy theories that the
federal government was responsible for President John F. Kennedy's
assassination and that it has covered up proof of space aliens.

Big tip of the hat to Ace
who adds this:

Fringe? Fringe in its dementia. But not fringe in its

Where is the media in all of this? Why does Time Magazine
play a
game of nudge-nudge-wink-wink with these people, postulating that their
lunacies are plausible?

The media likes to endlessly repeat that some portion of the
American public believes Saddam Hussein was connected to 9/11, and
endlessly "debunk" that sentiment (though there is plenty of evidence
suggesting Saddam/bin Ladin cooperation on other matters).

Why, then, are they so unwilling to run a major primetime special
exposing these maniacs as the paranoid morons they are?

Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield
Matthew Sheffield, creator of NewsBusters and president of Dialog New Media, an internet marketing and design firm, left NewsBusters at the end of 2013