Joel Brinkley's Article on Richard Falk: Does It Demonstrate the Right "Frame of Mind" to Teach Journalism at Stanford?

(Originally published as: Alternative Theory of 9/11?)

Joel Brinkley's Article on Richard Falk: Does It Demonstrate the Right "Frame of Mind" to Teach Journalism at Stanford?

By Elizabeth Woodworth

December 31, 2008 "Information Clearinghouse" -- -In a companion essay, I discussed the response of some articles in the mainstream press to the claim, made by some defenders of Israel, that Professor Richard Falk should be removed from his current position of UN rapporteur on human rights abuses in the Palestinian Territories -- a claim that was reflected in the refusal of Israel on December 14, 2008, to allow him to enter the country. I included in this essay a discussion of an article by reporter Joel Brinkley because, although it was published before Israel's action against Falk, it could be read as a defense of that action. Brinkley, who had previously worked for the New York Times, argued that Falk did not have the right "frame of mind" for his UN position. In the present essay, I will focus on Brinkley's argument for this charge, suggesting that it shows that he does not have the right frame of mind for his own current position as visiting professor of journalism at Stanford University.

Brinkley's Discussion of 9/11 Brinkley's charge that Falk is unfit for his UN role is quite remarkable, given Falk's stature. He is Professor Emeritus of International Law and Practice at Princeton University and currently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has had published (as author or editor) over 60 books by academic and other mainstream presses. He is also widely respected and sought after as a speaker and conference participant.

Brinkley's case against Falk rests on linking him to the millions of Americans who believe the "unusual theory," as Brinkley calls it, that the 9/11 attacks were a "false flag" operation -- "a conspiracy planned and executed by the Bush administration." This is a theory of which Brinkley, he admits, had been unaware "until a row broke out last month between Falk and U.N. monitors who try to defend Israel."

Is it not extraordinary that Brinkley, a former New York Times reporter deemed qualified by Stanford University to teach its journalism students, had not been aware that many Americans believe that 9/11 was a false flag operation, carried out to provide a pretext for attacking Muslim countries? Mainstream newspapers, magazines, and television shows have for years been reporting this belief, especially on the anniversaries of 9/11. TV talk-show hosts have debated members of the "9/11 truth movement" who advocate the false flag theory, including former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura.


I totally agree with you Elizabeth

Very well stated. Brinkley's head in the sand attitude is, unfortunately, all too common among mainstream media and masses of American people who refuse to wake up.

Its New Year at Ground Zero

Right Now.

525 600 Minutes for the New Year.

Let Every Minute Mean Something for



The Republic

And 911 Truth.

Happy New Year to one and all!

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

Brilliant article, Elizabeth

Brilliant article, Elizabeth and thanks Danse. Elizabeth Woodworth needs to be welcomed into any strategy that involves addressing the mis characterization of the Truth Movement, wherever that occurs.


Article. I don't know that Ray thinks we're "right." He DEFINITELY thinks we're credible (otherwise, he wouldn't have participated in SEVERAL 9/11 Truth related events). However, every time I've seen him speak on the subject, he first says that you shouldn't discount what we're saying, and then he asks the question of "what's being covered up?" He's never announced a "conclusion" that I know of. I could be wrong.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?