Why The Truth About 9/11 Is Censored By The Media
If the government's account of 9/11 is not accurate, wouldn't the media have been "all over it"? Isn't the fact that most mainstream media sources don't spend much time covering these issues show that there's nothing there?
Self-Censorship by Journalists
Initially, there has been self-censorship by journalists.
Several months after 9/11, famed news anchor Dan Rather told the BBC that American reporters were practicing "a form of self-censorship":
"there was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.
Indeed, journalists who have even asked innocuous questions about 9/11 have been threatened.
And, referring to another topic, a leading MSNBC news commentator has said that there is self-censorship in the American media, and that:
As Air Force Colonel and key Pentagon official Karen Kwiatkowski has written (at page 26):
"I have been told by reporters that they will not report their own insights or contrary evaluations of the official 9/11 story, because to question the government story about 9/11 is to question the very foundations of our entire modern belief system regarding our government, our country, and our way of life. To be charged with questioning these foundations is far more serious than being labeled a disgruntled conspiracy nut or anti-government traitor, or even being sidelined or marginalized within an academic, government service, or literary career. To question the official 9/11 story is simply and fundamentally revolutionary. In this way, of course, questioning the official story is also simply and fundamentally American."
Censorship by Higher-Ups
If journalists do want to speak out about 9/11, they also are subject to tremendous pressure by their editors or producers to kill the story.
The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, Seymour Hersh, said:
"All of the institutions we thought would protect us -- particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress -- they have failed. The courts . . . the jury's not in yet on the courts. So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn't. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that's the most glaring....
Q: What can be done to fix the (media) situation?
[Long pause] You'd have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives. You'd actually have to start promoting people from the newsrooms to be editors who you didn't think you could control. And they're not going to do that."
And a series of interviews with award-winning journalists also documents censorship of certain stories by media editors and owners (and see these samples).
Drumming Up Support for War
In addition, the owners of American media companies have long actively played a part in drumming up support for war.
We know that the large news outlets have studiously avoided any substantive coverage of the government's involvement in 9/11, and has attempted to paint people who question the official version of events as traitors or nutjobs. It is painfully obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together that the large American media companies are lapdogs and stenographers for the psychopathic war profiteers in power.
But this is nothing new. For example, the mainstream media also played footsie with the U.S. government right before Pearl Harbor. Specifically, a highly-praised historian has documented that the Army’s Chief of Staff informed the Washington bureau chiefs of the major newspapers and magazines of the impending Pearl Harbor attack BEFORE IT OCCURRED, and swore them to an oath of secrecy, which the media honored (page 361) . Also listen to this interview.
And the large media companies drummed up support for all previous wars. For example, Hearst with the Spanish-American War.
In fact, the American press has always served the elites in disseminating their false justifications for war.
One of of the reasons is because the tv networks and other large media companies are owned by those who support the militarist agenda or even directly profit from war and terror (for example, NBC is owned by General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the world -- which directly profits from war, terrorism and chaos).
Another reason is that the Bush administration is allowing tremendous consolidation in ownership of the airwaves. The large media players stand to gain billions of dollars in profits if the administration continues to allow monopoly ownership of the airwaves by a handful of players. So there is an agreement: if the media cover the administration in a favorable light, the MSM will continue to be the receiver of the government's goodies.
But perhaps the main reason the media are complicit is that we live in a fascist country. Fascism means the blending of the government and corporate interests.
Censorship by the Government
Finally, as if the media's own interest in covering up things like 9/11 and in promoting war is not strong enough, the government has exerted tremendous pressure on the media to report things a certain way. Indeed, at times the government has thrown media owners and reporters in jail if they've been too critical. My hunch is that the media companies have already felt great pressure from the government to kill any real coverage of 9/11 other than the official story and attacking straw men.
For example, the head of CNN said:
"there was 'almost a patriotism police' after 9/11 and when the network showed [things critical of the administration's policies] it would get phone calls from advertisers and the administration and "big people in corporations were calling up and saying, 'You're being anti-American here.'"
Of course, if the stick approach doesn't work, the government can always just pay off reporters to spread disinformation. Indeed, according to famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, the CIA has already bought and paid for many successful journalists.
See this book and the following 5-part interview on further information on 9/11 and the media: (Part 1 • Part 2 • Part 3 • Part 4 • Part 5).
We Can Win
As shown above, the cards are stacked against 9/11 truth being covered by the media. But we have the ability to outsmart the bad guys. We can "be the media" ourselves. We can be the movie-makers, the commentators, the reporters and writers. A thousand voices are louder than one voice with a megaphone.
We cannot leave governance to our "leaders", as "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance" (Jefferson). Similarly, we cannot leave news to the corporate media.
"Powerlessness and silence go together. We...should use our privileged positions not as a shelter from the world's reality, but as a platform from which to speak. A voice is a gift. It should be cherished and used."
– Margaret Atwood
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"
- Thomas Jefferson
"To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men."
- Abraham Lincoln
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F . Kennedy
"There is no act too small, no act too bold. The history of social change is the history of millions of actions, small and large, coming together at points in history and creating a power that [nothing] cannot suppress."
- Howard Zinn, historian (and 9/11 truther)