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.

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