Fox host: People who question 9/11 are 'mentally ill'

Fox host: 9/11 truthers are 'mentally ill'
David Edwards and Stephen C. Webster - Thursday February 5, 2009

When the New York Times explored the political beliefs of Daniel Sunjata, an actor on the FX network's show "Rescue Me," it was under the banner of a "sinister theory."

The "sinister theory" that a group of neoconservative politicians may have colluded to allow, or bring about, the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

On Thursday's Fox and Friends, Greg Gutfield, provocative host of Fox's late night program Red Eye, called individuals like Sunjata, who question the events of 9/11, "mentally ill."

"[Sunjata] believe that 9/11 was a preemptive strike by a neoconservative government," said Gutfield. "I think that means Bush. What angers me about this is people are treating it with respect."

The 9/11 issues are major plot lines in the first 10 episodes of Rescue Me season 5, set to air in April.

"The New York Times ran a piece about it," said Gutfield. "They interviewed the producer -- the producer described the actor, the actor believes this stuff, that the actor is well-read, very passionate about it.

"They say this sort of thing about conspiratorialists all the time, but they never say these people are idiots, they're mentally ill, they shouldn't be treated with respect.

"It's an insult to people that were victims of 9/11 and their families. It's an insult to firefighters. I am surprised they are doing this."

Of course, Gutfield, as a professional media water and commentator, shouldn't be surprised at all.

In 2005, the Fire Department of New York saw its Muslim Chaplain resign after espousing views similar to Sunjata's.

"I've heard professionals say that nowhere ever in history did a steel building come down with fire alone," said the Chaplain in an interview with Newsday.

"It takes two or three weeks to demolish a building like that," he said. "But it was pulled down in a couple of hours. Was it 19 hijackers who brought it down, or was it a conspiracy?"

And the former NYFD Chaplain is not along in his ranks. A group named Firefighters for 9/11 Truth has called for:

"A truly independent investigation with Subpoena and Contempt Powers to uncover the complete truth of the events related to 9/11/2001 – specifically the collapse of WTC Tower 7 and the possibility of explosive demolition. The investigation to follow the national standards so clearly outlined in the National Fire Protection Association guidelines, specifically, NFPA 921 to include thorough analysis of the steel for the presence of 'exotic accelerants.' Congress to honor the promises made to the rescue workers of 9/11 by passing the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2008. Prosecution of all individuals willfully involved in the planning, and execution of the murders committed on September 11, 2001. Prosecution of all individuals willfully involved in the Obstruction of Justice and Destruction of Evidence surrounding the events of September 11, 2001."

"'They’re not discussed a lot in the press,' Daniel Sunjata, the actor who plays Franco Rivera on “Rescue Me,' told reporters at a television press tour last month," reported the Times. "He predicted that the episode would be 'socio-politically provocative.'

"... Mr. Sunjata’s character delivers a two-minute monologue for a French journalist describing a 'neoconservative government effort' to control the world’s oil, drastically increase military spending and 'change the definition of pre-emptive attack.' To put it into action, he continues, 'what you need is a new Pearl Harbor. That’s what they said they needed.'"

Furthermore, Gutfield's assertion that the families of 9/11 victims would be offended at the questioning of the official story in popular media is particularly revisionist, if he was referring to every family.

While some family members are critical of President Obama's decision to shut down the Guantanamo prison, widows of 9/11 victims were instrumental in forcing the formation of the 9/11 Commission, which was ultimately run by Bush transition team adviser Philip Zelikow after Bush's first choice, Henry Kissinger, resigned under intense fire from the widows.

The 2006 film 9/11: Press for Truth tells the tale of those widows, whose efforts to have their litany of questions answered went unheeded under the Bush administration.

"People are too scared to confront the 9/11 conspiracies," said Gutfield. "Cause, it's like the crazy guy on the subway, you don't want to make eye contact, but eventually you gotta make eye contact. You gotta tell that guy to get lost."

The hosts failed to note that the FX network, which is airing "Rescue Me," is owned by News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.

This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast Feb. 5, 2009.


I sent Fox & Friends the following note this morning:

I am saddened that you would allow Greg Gutfeld to appear on your show and call Daniel Sunjata an idiot and “mentally ill” for his views on 9/11. I have heard Mr. Sunjata speak on these issues and his points are well-researched, well-reasoned and scientifically supported.

If the Fox News credo of “fair-and-balanced-we-report-you-decide” is indeed policy and not simply lip-service, I request that you invite Mr. Sunjata to appear on Fox and Friends to present his findings. Your viewers deserve better than the rantings of Mr. Gutfeld…they deserve the opportunity to decide for themselves.

Their address is Write and let them know you would like to see Mr. Sunjata on the show.

I just did.

Here is what I wrote.

Hey Mr. Gutfield,

Here's a whole bunch more mentally ill people for you

Twenty-five U.S. Military Officers Challenge Official Account of 9/11 – Official Account of 9/11 “Impossible”, “A Bunch of Hogwash”, “Total B.S.”, “Ludicrous”, “A Well-Organized Cover-up”, “A White-Washed Farce”
Jan. 14, 2008 PDF Version Article on OpEdNews

Eight U.S. State Department Veterans Challenge the Official Account of 9/11 – Official Account of 9/11 "Flawed", "Absurd", "Totally Inadequate", "a Cover-up"
Jan. 5, 2008 PDF Version Article on OpEdNews

Seven Senior Federal Engineers and Scientists Call for New 9/11 Investigation – Official Account of 9/11 "Impossible", "Hogwash", "Fatally Flawed"
Dec. 13, 2007 PDF Version Article on OpEdNews

Eight Senior Republican Administration Appointees Challenge Official Account of 9/11 – "Not Possible", "a Whitewash", "False"
Dec. 4, 2007 PDF Version Article on OpEdNews

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report – Official Account of 9/11 a "Joke" and a "Cover-up"
Sep. 23, 2007 PDF Version Article on OpEdNews

And there's still a whole lot more at:

Or how about the 586 architects and engineers at, they're all mentally ill too I suppose, as are the member of which, as per their web site, include pilots like:

Captain Russ Wittenberg (ret)
30,000+ Total Flight Time
707, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777
Pan Am, United
United States Air Force (ret)
Over 100 Combat Missions Flown
Has time in:
- N591UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 93)
- N612UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 175)

Captain Ross Aimer
UAL Ret.
CEO, Aviation Experts LLC
40 years and 30,000 hrs.
BS Aero
A&P Mech.
B-777/767/757/747/737/727/720/707, DC-10/-9/-8 Type ratings
Command time in:
- N591UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 93)
- N612UA (Aircraft dispatched as United 175)

John Lear
Son of Bill Lear
(Founder, creator of the Lear Jet Corporation)
More than 40 years of Flying
19,000+ TT
23 Type ratings
Flight experience includes 707, DC-8, 727, L10-11

Jeff Latas
-Over 20 years in the USAF
--USAF Accident investigation Board President
--Flew the F-111, T38, and F-15E
--Combat experience in the F-15E includes Desert Storm and four tours of duty in Northern and Southern Watch
--Weapons Requirements Officer, USAF HQ, Pentagon
--Standard and Evaluations Flight Examiner, Command level
-Currently Captain for JetBlue Airways

There sure are a lot of "mentally ill" people who one would never have suspected were dealing with mental issues, were it not for their strange, obsession to cut through the obvious government lies and obfuscation surrounding the 9/11 event. Actually in a real democracy that job falls to the media, but seeing as how this is the USA we are talking about, you and I both know that history shows who the media answers to, and it most deffinitely is not "we the people" is it?

Kind Regards

Thanks for the info on Russ Wittenberg

In the video of Captain Wittenberg that we have all seen, he says that he flew the "actual aircraft" allegedly involved in 9/11. I have been asked by friends whether he meant the "actual model" or the "actual individual" aircraft. I take it you are saying that it has been verified that he flew the actual individual aircraft. Thanks.


........Very well said.

People who DON'T question

911 are mentally ill.

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


FOX is reporting on this not because they want to but because they have to. The Rescue Me show is set to air and they are scared. They are on the defensive with this. If this were a game, I would say 9/11 Truth is winning.

To be fair...

To be fair to Fox News, I understand that their concern about the spread of the 9/11 Truth movement has prompted them to finally reexamine the evidence for themselves. A panel of three has been appointed to fill the task. Click below to view (if pictures don't appear, click the second item listed):

gutless i think

In my opinion, the host is the one who is mentally ill.

Anyone who would make common cause with fascist false flag mass murderers, and devote their professional career to helping further the political and psychological goals of these dangerous, murderous treasonists is psychotic maniac.

A pathologically lying ,antisocial, antihumanity propiganda criminal against humanity who deserves to be tried for complicity to mass murder .

My comment e-mailed to FOX

I am responding to the video (and story) which I saw posted at this website:

This is regarding the discussion by Greg Gutfield about the 9/11 conspiracy plot line being aired in the show Rescue Me. I am lucky I didn't puke after watching this, as the remarks made by Gutfield were utterly repulsive. In regards to his idea that any suggestion of a conspiracy theory regarding 9/11 (that is anything that contradicts the governments version of events) somehow makes you crazy and wacko is completely backwards. IT IS THE GOVERNMENTS VERSION OF EVENTS THAT DO NOT MAKE SENSE, and this is why so-called "conspiracy theories" grow. Thus the crazy person is someone who swallows the official 9/11 story blindly and will not entertain any alternative theories, even if the alternative theories give a more logical explanation than the theories we have "officially" been told. It has been almost 50 years since the Kennedy assassination, and most people still don't believe the ridiculous "magic bullet" theory put out as the official story, as it is similarly hard for people to believe these 3 massive world trade center buildings were blown to bits by "fire" (one of these buildings was not even hit by a plane). It was obviously a controlled demolision of all 3 buildings. Gutfield seems to preach to the lowest common denominator audience, as anyone who has looked at the smallest amount of evidence knows the 9/11 story put out by the government is bullshit. National polls suggest this as well, such as polls put out by Zogby and others. Gutfield (and his obedient co-hosts) appears to be in the minority and lacking knowledge on the subject.