Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Debunking the 9/11 Truth Movement

Recently, due to the Scripps-Howard/Ohio State Poll (stating that 36 percent of Americans believe of government involvement or foreknowledge of 9/11), the release of NORAD tape, C-SPAN exposure of 9/11 truth movement, and our government's desire to invade Iran, media giants as Fox have been desperately attempting to debunk the idea that the US government could be implicated in the crimes of 9/11. The starring cast of this drama include Bill O'Reilly, John Gibson, John Kasich, Sean Hannity and many more! What all have in common is a flare for name-calling. Disagreement and argument should shy away from personal attacks (I think most would agree). However, when it comes to mentioning 9/11 all bets are off. Who cares if one is right or wrong on the facts, if you call them a few names then you don't even have to bother with their claims and you don't have to defend yours. Just call someone you disagree with a nutball, wearing tinfoil on their heads, and you can successfully alleviate your responsibility as a decent human being to refute them on a evidential basis. Thumb through these articles and videos and count how many personal attacks you can find.

Additionally, besides personal attacks, another tactic to use is discrediting by association--which means, all you have to do is associate their argument with another argument that is known to be mostly theory or incredulous. Also, use the term "theory" to denote all conspiracies that you don't particularly like; this will also make it possible to shirk your responsibility to engage in reasonable argument. After all it's only "theory" and not fact.

See a good analysis of John Gibson's and Hannity's rant here
Jones Report article

View Kasich's rant against James Fetzer of Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Visit the O'Reilly Factor for several hit pieces
The Factor

For an editorial criticizing the ridiculous comments by other news journalists check out
911 Hit Pieces on Infowars

There has been plenty in print deriding the 9/11 truth movement.

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