Thursday, July 30, 2009

Media chiefs play a dangerous game

The big media have plenty of room for columnists who take cheap shots against 9/11 skeptics but no room for reporters to do the legwork on problems with the official 9/11 fairy tale.

Everybody's entitled to an opinion, I suppose is the thinking. Yet by hiding behind columnists, editors and publishers are relieved of the journalistic responsibility of fact-checking.

What happened to this story, BTW? Bob Kerrey, a former 9/11 commissioner who heads the New School, was quoted in March's Newsweek as saying that the unanswered questions about 9/11 might require a permanent 9/11 investigation. So if ex-Senator Kerrey joins fellow commissioners Lee Hamilton and Tom Kean in raising doubts about the 9/11 investigation (including doubts about the CIA's "evidence"), that's at least sufficient grounds to rein in some of the more arrogant and contemptuous columnists.

Note: A previous version of this post contained errors that stemmed from my not checking a statement made by a source. Sorry.

You say, but they're "only" columnists. Still, the owners and publishers have a responsibility to make sure that their news organizations don't merely parrot some line while ignoring major issues conceded by "credible" sources.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The case of the bouncing blog

A search may lead you to previous incarnations of the Znewz1 blog. I've had quite a bit of trouble with bugs on Blogspot and so went to Angelfire for a bit. But I'll give Blogspot another shot.

My most recent Znewz1 posts are found at