NY Times lies about popularity of 9/11 Truth


In what must be a case of deliberate distortion, the NY Times attacked Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's claim that “the majority of the American people, as well as most nations and politicians around the world agree” that “some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated” the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The Times writes,

"The most comprehensive international poll on the subject was carried out in 2008 by WorldPublicOpinion.org, a collaborative project of research centers in various countries managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which asked more residents of 17 countries the question, “Who do you think was behind the 9/11 attacks?” Their answers were grouped into four categories: Al Qaeda; the U.S. government; Israel; other.

When the poll findings were published, Reuters reported, “the survey of 16,063 people in 17 nations found majorities in only nine countries believe Al Qaeda was behind the attacks.” But there were also no countries in which a majority blamed the American government. The researchers found the most support for the idea that the U.S. government was responsible for the attacks in Turkey and Mexico — but just 36 percent of Turks and 30 percent of Mexicans endorsed the theory."

What the Times ignores is the following:

A Zogby poll in May 2006 showed 42% of Americans believe "that the US government and its 9/11 Commission concealed or refused to investigate critical evidence that contradicts their official explanation of the September 11th attacks." A Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll in August 2006 showed 36% of Americans believe their government was in some manner complicit with the 9/11 attacks. A New York Times/CBS News poll from October 2006 showed only 16% of Americans believe members of the Bush Administration are telling the truth about pre-9/11 intelligence, while 81% believe the government is either "hiding something" or "mostly lying." A September 2007 Zogby poll found 51% of Americans want Congress to probe the actions of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney regarding their "actions before, during and after the 9/11 attacks."

Actual poll results

The NY Times article seems deceptive. Can we see the actual poll results?

The poll results

are at the NY Times link above.

Poll Results


Seems correct in context

The Lede's post is assessing specifically Ahmadinejad's claim that "the majority" of Americans (and other peoples) believe in one of the strongest forms of the "inside job" theory (his second theory). No poll has ever shown that a majority of Americans believe that, Zogby and Scripps Howard included. The numbers do go up if we include Ahmadinejad's third theory, namely, that the US was opportunistic in its use of the attack (but did not cause them), but that's not the theory that Ahmadinejad claims most Americans believe.

NYT is using the most "comprehensive" (which is probably accurate, especially given the global nature of the claims made) and the most recent. I don't see the distortion. Ahmadinejad is simply wrong that the majority of Americans hold to the second of his three theories.


A World Public Opinion poll conducted in February 2007 found that 2% of respondents in Pakistan believe Al Qaeda were responsible for 911. 27% said the U.S. government were responsible, 7% said Israel and 1% named another country. 63% said they did not know.[26]

Pakistanis appear to be the most skeptical people on the planet with respect the official story.


Ahmadinejad calls for a 9/11 Investigation

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for a 9/11 investigation or fact finding mission during his Fox News interview: