Who is Davin Coburn and why is he an "expert" on 9/11?

As I watched the so-called "experts" in the History Channel hit piece "9/11 Conspiracies: Fact or Fiction," it began to dawn on me as to what it takes to make some of the "experts" truly an expert in the field of 9/11 studies.

I decided to look into one of the "experts," Davin Coburn of Popular Mechanics, and I found out that his expertise on 9/11 came from writing high school sports stories at a newspaper in Pennsylvania a little more than three years ago.

I did a rudimentary search of Coburn's name on the Internet and found several enlightening articles attributed to a "Davin Coburn" at The Sentinel in Carlisle, Pa. including a pay increase for high school football officials,

a rec league basketball game

and even a fire at an Arby's restaurant on Route 11.

Last night I decided to call the sports department of The Sentinel to see if this was indeed the very same Davin Coburn who is featured in the 9/11 documentary and doesn't actually answer any questions.

I talked to a sports reporter and asked if he knew of a Davin Coburn that worked at the paper. He said "It's funny you mention (Davin's) name because I just saw him in a documentary on the History Channel the other night."

So there you have it. To be an "expert" on 9/11 just write a few sports stories for a local daily newspaper. What I would like to know is how this 28-year-old idiot went from working at a small daily newspaper to writing for the (supposedly) most prestigious science journal in publication.

Maybe someone else should take a look into his other "expert" background.

As an aside, the History Channel also ripped off some of my own personal footage I filmed at Ground Zero last Sept. 11 and included it at the end of the documentary. They never asked for my permission to use it and then proceeded to blur out my user name on my YouTube account.

Check out the full video if you're interested. My favorite part is when the fireman calls Rudy Giuliani a "scumbag."

Good post, I asked the History Channel the same thing

My e-mail to the History Channel

Dear History Channel,

As an avid watcher of the History Channel I find it important to tell you that, although I realize you had a limited amount of time for the recently aired two hour show on 911 Conspiracy Theories, you left out a great many details on why 911 is such a controversial issue.

You gave almost no time at all to Physics Professor Steven Jones who has done a great deal of investigative work on the problems with the Twin Tower and Bldg. 7 collapses. Did you know that a former director of NIST has recently called into doubt NIST's investigation and conclusions about how the Towers collapsed? Below is an article about it.


I was very dissappointed that you did not talk to more of the NYC firefighters or discuss the Oral Histories where many said they saw, heard, or felt explosions before and during the collapses.

You did not mention that molten metal was witnessed in pools in the ruins of the Towers and Bldg. 7.

You failed to mention the near free fall speed of collapse of both towers which has problems with the conservation of momentum.

You allowed an incorrect structural depiction of Bldg. 7 by James Meigs of Popular Mechanics. While we are at it I would also like to know how you could call James Meigs and Davin Coburn of Popular Mechanics experts. Meigs is an editor and Coburn a writer for that magazine. What are they expert in?

You failed to mention that the victims families are calling for a new investigation into what occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Instead you preferred to imply that none of the victims families feel conspiracy was a possibility by showing one family member who feels that way and is upset by it. Shame on you. Nobody wants to think about a possible conspiracy but we can't put our heads in the sand either.

I believe some of these issues could have been covered if there were less time allowed as to why people like to believe conspiracy theories. The truth is most people do not like to believe conspiracy theories. For most of us, who are fully functional in society, the reason conspiracy theories exist is that the public smells a rat and aren't given answers to reasonable questions they ask. See how a majority of the 911 victim's family members feel about not having 70% of their questions answered by the 911 Commission and other sectors of our government. Most of these questions do not seem to have gone unanswered for valid reasons. You failed to mention this and the fact that all of the investigations thus far have essentially been controlled by the Bush White House.

I would hope that if you do another show on this issue you would spend less time trying to simply dispell the conspiracy theories and more time looking at both sides of the argument with more facts and a lot less opinion on why the public likes or wants to believe conspiracy theories.

Tony Szamboti
Mechanical Engineer
Blackwood, NJ


Excellent response.

I can appreciate

folks expressing their opinions to History Channel and similar ilk but to my mind, these media outlets are merely propaganda organs of the NWO and the current illegal government of the U.S. They will not change. They will not modify what they do. They will never change because propagandists do not change. They simply must be eliminated. Perhaps in time they will be. Preservation of the Republic and restoration of honest representative government demand it.

"There are none so hoplessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free." (Goethe)

Well said- Boycott the Mockingbird Shills

Medicis spoke well. I would recommend that the Truth movement read up on the methods of Josef Goebbels, Operation Mockingbird/Mighty Wurlitzer, COINTELPRO, and Bernays 1928 book Propaganda- it is alive and well in our corporate "media" conglomerates, and it appears to have reared its hydra head at the SPP recently.

The important thing is to cancel your subscriptions to the magazines, papers, and cable stations after you email your opinions so that they know you mean business, and so they feel it in their quarterly profit$$. I believe this is the only way to get through to the presstitutes, then read some "alternative" and "indie" books like Sander Hicks' "The Big Wedding" (or "Fortunate Son" for that matter).

Who's got that William Colby CIA quote handy?


Thieves as well as liars

'As an aside, the History Channel also ripped off some of my own personal footage I filmed at Ground Zero last Sept. 11 and included it at the end of the documentary. They never asked for my permission to use it and then proceeded to blur out my user name on my YouTube account.'

Grounds for legal action?


should write the History Channel and give them a piece of their mind. Tell them you will never watch the History Channel again after such a disgraceful spectacle.

You can write them at: thc.viewerrelations@aetv.com

Coburn's Either A Liar Or Inadequate Researcher

And I lean toward him being a liar most intersted in preserving his rising career prospects.

He's a Traitor

Isn't this the same interview where he says they found DNA from the Hijackers @ ground Zero? LOL!

I have the entire audio of the Davin Coburn interview here

The audio of this interview cuts off FAR in advance of when this classic interview was over.

I have it archived here in all its glory and entirety:


They can't explain the Mineta Testimony:

Ron Paul explains position on 9/11 on FMNN's Pat Gorman Show - 6-21-07:

Davin can't answer a simple question. Classic!


"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

Cub reporter sells his soul to Yellow Journalism

This all begs the question of how it came to be that a young, smalltown-local newspaper sports reporter got elevated so quickly to become a science reporter for a well-known national magazine.

Moreover, it's most likely Coburn has no postgraduate degree in engineering or the natural sciences, or that fact would've be put forward, either in the course of the interview, or in the magazine or in the book.

My hypothesis is that Coburn wasn't hired for his technical expertise or even research skills. Rather, most likely, he was recognized as an obedient, no-guff hack who turns in the kind of report -- with just the right touch of sophistry -- that his editor requests, no questions asked. A propagandist for sale.

So how did Popular Mechanics find him?

Well, the president of Heart's magazine division is married to a "former" CIA and USIA employee, according to David Ray Griffin in Debunking 9/11 Debunking. And it's no secret that those agencies have their eyes on journalists everready to comply with editorial demands, no matter how outrageously tendentious.

So it looks like the 9/11 whitewash movement found their boy for the job. (Too bad for him he was caught a bit offguard by that mainstream radio show host. Luckily for us, apparently Coburn had no idea that such a person might not hew to the government line about 9/11 events.)

Thanks for pointing this

Thanks for pointing this out. I was asking myself the exact same question while watching the History channel piece, getting angrier and angrier each time that nitwit Coburn came on. Why do we never hear from the supposedly hundreds of structural engineers who, it is claimed, all endorse the NIST report fully?
Gene Corley was in there briefly but, as Kevin Ryan has pointed out, he is one of the four members of the ASCE initial WTC team who also wrote the report on OKC Murrah building - so he is a somewhat suspect character. But the majority of the 'debunking' time was given to Coburn & Meigs.

Davin Coburn's an "expert" at something? News to me...

I still remember him getting his arse handed to him by Goyette.

Happy days...;-)

Impeachment. Accountability. A better world.

Speaking of "experts"

I hear James Meigs was an "expert" movie reviewer before the History Channel declared him to be an expert for everything 9/11.

Here's the "expert" giving his review for Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" (How EYEronic) on Charlie Rose a couple of years prior to 9/11 (while he was working for the entertainment rag Premiere Magazine, originally published by... Rupert Murdoch).


"If I had just paid $20 million for the NIST report, I'd be asking for a refund!... The trouble with the NIST Report is that it isn’t even science because it's not capable of being verified or negated!"
-Dr. Frank Greening

What's his f***ing name?

Hi Cool, I've listen to the video with the f//**king bully stupid asshole dog and I noticed that in a a part of this clip there's I-don't- know- who- truther that says "I know hwo you are?" I was hoping that you could give us a clue about that and by the way you could introduce us to all of those courageous truthers hwo are comfronting those aliens.


You can't hide a lie for long. Truth shall come out.


I'm not sure who the man was. Maybe the video could be sent to a member of the Cincinnatti 9/11 Turth movement to see if anyone recognizes or knows the man in the video.

Colburn is Pure Shill

I cannot view him any other way. And you can lump the Skeptic editor right along with the rest of the bunch, presented on that hit piece.
Must admit, a few good arguments were allowed to be filtered out there to the masses, to consider, and mull over. Like bldg 7. I'm still surprised each time a person says "I've never heard of WTC7 before." and then, "How tall was it?"
The power of belief is somewhat contorted at times by the whole televising industry.
Have a good day...