Media Disinformation on 911: Anatomy of a Hatchet Job: CBC Radio’s “The Current” and Scholars for 9/11 Truth

Media Disinformation on 911: Anatomy of a Hatchet Job: CBC Radio’s “The Current” and Scholars for 9/11 Truth

by Prof. Michael Keefer

August 29, 2006

Most of us, I would guess, are well aware of the constructed nature of the news and news commentaries fed to us daily by the corporate or “mainstream” media. We’re not surprised to find, in those cases where we have managed to obtain independent knowledge of a subject, that mainstream news stories are often only tenuously connected to what appears to have been the actual series of events. And we’re coming to expect, on the part of the people who construct these news stories and tell us how to interpret them, an increasingly slender respect for such archaic notions as truth, rudimentary ethics, and intellectual integrity.

As Arundhati Roy puts it, “In the ‘free’ market, free speech has become a commodity like everything else—justice, human rights, drinking water, clean air. It’s available only to those who can afford it. And naturally, those who can afford it use free speech to manufacture the kind of product, confect the kind of public opinion, that best suits their purpose.”

Critical understanding of this kind has been assisted by the spectacular deconstruction in recent years of a whole series of major news stories, which have noisily disintegrated before our eyes—rather in the manner of those self-destructing public sculptures which enjoyed a brief vogue in the latter part of the twentieth century. When those Rube-Goldberg or Heath-Robbins-ish artifacts were exhibited by their creators, they clanked, grunted, heaved, threw off sparks, set themselves on fire, and eventually collapsed into smoking heaps of cogs, wires, pulleys and girders before appreciative audiences of avant-garde cognoscenti.

That’s much what happened in 2003 and since to the corporate media’s narratives about Saddam Hussein’s fearsome weapons of mass destruction, about the supposed reluctance of Bush and Blair to go to war in Iraq, and their supposedly pure and democratic motives when they did. That’s much what’s happening now to the claims advanced by Israel to legitimize its renewed aggressions against the Palestinians and Lebanese (Hizbollah’s “kidnapping” of two Israeli soldiers rather loses its steam as a casus belli once people learn about Israel’s prior provocations—and about the fact that all the early Israeli statements and press reports identified the soldiers as having been on Lebanese soil when they were captured). It’s happening as well to two somewhat more complex stories that have, until recently, been managing to sustain themselves in the corporate media.

One of these is the story that George W. Bush actually won the 2004 presidential election, and hence has some right to the office he continues to occupy. The other is the no less fraudulent story that the terrorist crimes of September 11, 2001 were perpetrated by a gang of Islamist fanatics led by a bearded Saudi in an Afghan cave—rather than being organized (and subsequently covered up) by civilian and military officials at the highest levels of the Bush regime. ...


The real criminals misleading the masses...

I am looking forward to reading this as well as the Matt Everett article...Thank you for continuing to make these items readily available to readers.

I continue to be amazed at the different worlds different citizens within the United States continue to live - depending on with whom you are speaking.

A relative had ABC NEWS on tonight with Charlie Gibson. (I don't watch this trash.) As I passed through the room, I heard the usual authoritarian tone of the TV newscasters booming about the War On Terror and how George W. Bush's poll numbers are on the rise.

These bubbleheaded "news anchors" were beaming that "America" trusts George W. Bush's "lead" on the War On Terror. "America" believes he is making "them" safer, according to these media freaks.

As frustrating as the 9/11 criminals want all of us to get, we must not give up on sharing what we know about 9/11. The real criminals must be brought to justice - now.

Salt Lake City Mayor's Speech today

See post #6 at , the text of a speech given today by the Mayor of Salt Lake City. (No hard-core 9/11 truth, but a little soft-core and everything else...] There is no direct link, but the poster is to be considered very trustworthy.

CNN & ABC news have become CIA propaganda stations!

Great post!

IMO, CNN & ABC news are probably the worst (not counting FOX, of course). All msm are lie upon lie now; complete disinfo. (I don't know how a guy like Charles Gibson can even look at himself in a mirror any more.)


Smokey hot letter.

"The truth shall make you free." Why not make the truth free? We live on a priceless blue pearl, awash in a universe of fire and ice. Cut the crap.


Nothing new here, just the same old stuff.

Good article on Barry Zwicker's new book!