The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9 /11 Truth Movement By Elizabeth Woodworth December 12, 2009

December 12, 2009 at 23:38:08

The Media Response to the Growing Influence of the 9 /11 Truth Movement

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Reflections on a Recent Evaluation of Dr. David Ray Griffin

Cross posted from with permission of the author.

The cover story of the September 24, 2009, issue of The New Statesman, the venerable left-leaning British magazine, was entitled The 50 People who Matter Today.(1) Any such list, necessarily reflecting the bias and limited awareness of the editors, would surely contain choices that readers would find surprising.

That is true of this list which includes families as well as individuals. A good number of names are, to be sure, ones that would be contained in most such lists created by British, Canadian, or American political commentators, such as the Obamas, the Murdochs, Vladimir Putin, Osama bin Laden, Angela Merkel, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett, Pope Benedict XVI, and Gordon Brown. But about half of the names reflected choices that I, and probably most other readers, found surprising. One of these choices, however, is beyond surprising - it is astounding.

I refer to the person in the 41st position: David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of philosophy of religion and theology who, in 2003, started writing and lecturing about 9/11, pointing out problems in the official account of the events of that day. By the time the New Statesman article appeared, he had published 8 books, 50 articles, and several DVDs. Because of both the quantity and quality of his work, he became widely regarded as the chief spokesperson of what came to be called the 9/11 Truth Movement. It was because of this role that the New Statesman included him in its list, calling him the top truther (the conspiracy theorist title went to Dan Brown, who was placed in the 50th slot).

In saying Griffin matters, however, the New Statesman was not praising him. Here is how the magazine explained its choice:

Conspiracy theories are everywhere, and they always have been. In recent years, one of the most pernicious global myths has been that the US government carried out, or at least colluded in, the 11 September 2001 attacks as a pretext forgoing to war. David Ray Griffin, a retired professor of religion, is the high priest of the truther' movement. His books on the subject have lent a sheen of respectability that appeals to people at the highest levels of government - from Michael Meacher MP to Anthony Van' Jones, who was recently forced to resign as Barack Obama's green jobs' adviser after it emerged that he had signed a 9/11 truth petition in 2004.

I wish to raise two questions about the New Statesman's treatment of Griffin. First, is its evaluation of him as one of the most important people in the world today simply absurd, as it certainly seems at first glance, or is there a perspective from which it makes sense? Second on what basis could the editors justify their claim that the 9/11 truth movement is promoting a myth and a pernicious one at that?

The Inclusion of Griffin in the List: Does It Make Sense?

Why would Griffin's role as top truther as the intellectual leader of the 9/11 truth movement - lead the magazine's editors to consider him one of the 50 people who matter today? Unlike a president, a prime minister, or a pope, he has no political clout; unlike a billionaire, he has no financial clout; and his book sales do not begin to rival those of Dan Brown. Indeed, his books do not even get reviewed in the press. The idea that he is one of the 50 people who matter most in the world today is, as he himself has said, absurd at least from most angles.

There is, however, one angle from which it does make sense: Given the enormity of the 9/11 attacks and of the policies, both foreign and domestic, that have been justified as responses to those attacks, a movement challenging the official story of the attacks certainly could, in principle, become so influential that its intellectual leader would be a person of consequence.

And the movement has, in fact, grown enormously in both size and credibility since 2004 and 2005, when Griffin published his first two books on the subject The New Pearl Harbor and The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions and began working, with colleague Peter Dale Scott, on an edited volume that was published in 2006 as 9/11 and the American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out.

Due in large part to these volumes - plus the national exposure Griffin received when his 2005 lecture at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was carried by C-SPAN - a small group of academics formed Scholars for 9/11 Truth, which led in turn to the formation of Scholars for 9/11 Truth and Justice, the leaders of which launched the Journal of 9/11 Studies in 2006.

The existence of these scholarly organizations stimulated the creation of three professional organizations: Veterans for 9/11 Truth, Pilots for 9/11 Truth, and the destined giant of the movement, Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth, which was formed after architect Richard Gage, a conservative Republican, heard an interview with Professor Griffin on his car radio that would change his life. In it, Griffin was describing the newly released oral testimonies from the dozens of New York firefighters a who had heard booming explosions in the Twin Towers.(2) After looking into the evidence for himself and concluding that the destruction of the World Trade Center buildings could not have resulted from anything other than explosives, Gage formed his organization of architects and engineers, which now has almost 1000 licensed members.

While these developments were occurring, translations were made of some of Griffin's books, beginning with The New Pearl Harbor, which was published in Italian, Chinese, Danish, Czech, French, Dutch, Japanese, and Arabic. Thanks in part to these translations, a worldwide movement is now calling for 9/11 truth.

Also, this movement, which at one time was discounted as crazy conspiracy theorists playing around on the Internet, has now become widely professionalized, with Griffin again a critical influence in his consultant role to the emerging organizations of journalists, lawyers, medical professionals, religious leaders, and political leaders.


I did not know this

"And, if the New Statesman did its homework in researching its #41 position, it would have found that Griffin was nominated in both 2008 and 2009 for the Nobel Peace Prize."

I have thought for several years that David Ray Griffin should receive the Nobel Peace Prize. And in a perfect world, he would.

The truth will out.

CBC TV's "The Fifth Estate" did a good job showing Dr. Griffin in action on 27th. November, 2009. The show cannot be opened outside Canada on CBC's
site. Too bad!

Fearless Jesse Ventura did his WWF style, outrageous performance on TV in USA: a former USNavy Seal, trained in demolition, announcing to the world that he fails to believe the official conspiracy.

It would be great if Prime Minister Harper took the time to look at Dr. Griffin and Jesse in the links sent yesterday.

It is time RCMP and CSIS investigated the murder of 24 Canadians.

The Terrorists are still at large.

Thank you Elizabeth Woodworth, you handed Dr. Griffin's new book to the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in a book-store in BC.

Mr. Ignatieff might have better poll results if he took leadership in this issue.

5th estate & other video links

CBC - The Fifth Estate - The Unofficial Story

those and other video links @

following is a small sampling of titles:

"The American Ruling Class"

A dramatic, musical, documentary satire on
class in America that attempts to answer
the question 'Who rules America?'

Special Film by John Hankey:
"Dark Legacy
George Bush and the Assassination of JFK"

Astounding Sci-Fi Channel documentary:
"Out of the Blue"

(Revealing interviews with astronauts, generals, admirals, professors, and other respected people.)

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
The Film

"THE SECRET GOVERNMENT:­ The Constitution In Crisis"

best of Bill Moyers,
1987 PBS TV program.

Fit to transmit in post Cassini flyby era
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for life's survival in the 21st Century

I thought it was interesting

I thought it was interesting that "The New Statesman" list of the world's top 50 influential people ranked Dr. Griffin as a more influential person than Hugo Chavez.

Excellent Article..

Thanks for posting this Joe, this was an excellent article, well worth read. I submitted it to DIGG.


"It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear."
- Douglas MacArthur

Griffin interview.

Professor David Ray Griffin is interviewed in Switzerland during May 2009. He points out that support is now overwhelmingly on the side of The 9/11 Truth Movement. He also talks about Publishers Weekly honoring his book.

Is Obama on the list?

Is Obama on the list? If he is it would be like putting Hitler on the list. This thug is worse than Bush. Hard to believe but true. Watch this video if you think I am kidding.