Popular Mechanics "9/11 Myths" Debunker Cancels Radio Debate

Two hours before he was to debate a member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth" on a Seattle radio talk show, a research editor for "Popular Mechanics" magazine pulls out.

Seattle - The magazine Popular Mechanics, which recently released a book slamming the 9/11 Truth movement, cancelled a radio debate Tuesday between one of the book's contributors and a 9/11 truth activist just two hours before airtime. The debate, planned two weeks in advance, was scheduled to air on the Dori Munson talk radio program on KIRO AM 710, August the 22nd, at 1:00 PM.

Richard Curtis, PhD, an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at several Seattle area colleges and an active member of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," was scheduled to debate Davin Coburn, a research editor at Popular Mechanics and one of the contributors to the book Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up To The Facts, on Munson's radio show. Munson, furious about the last minute cancellation, said that the books PR firm was responsible for the decision and that none of the contributors to the new book would be allowed on the air with anyone from "Scholars for 9/11 Truth."

Despite Munson’s views that those who doubt the official account of the 9/11 attacks are "wingnuts" and "nut-jobs," he had interviewed Curtis on his program three times before. Curtis’ organization, "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," is a burgeoning movement of hundreds of respected academicians who are convinced that the official story about 9/11 is highly suspect, that the 9/11 Commission was a contemptible whitewash and that the government has used the attacks as an excuse to attack and occupy Afghanistan and Iraq.

But whatever harsh words Munson uses to describe 9/11 activists, they pale in comparison to the invective he heaped on Popular Mechanics, who pulled out their man just before the debate was to air. Said Munson, "I think that sounds awfully funky and I think they sound like a bunch of punks. So I’m prepared right now to say that the debunkers are funky punks."

Munson, who described Debunking 9/11 Myths as "fascinating, well-researched [and] scientifically sound," was originally pleased to host a debate between what he calls "the guy who’s shoveling the bunk" and "the guy who’s debunking." But he quickly changed his tone after the abrupt pull-out: "The people who are associated with this book are horrible, horrible, miserable people. Just awful. Awful, awful human beings."

As to who made the decision to withdraw from the debate, Munson’s producer said "There’s a middle man [a public relations firm] involved here. That’s what anguishes me so much about this." Munson agreed, saying "and middlemen are almost invariably weasels."

Munson, who cancelled the hour long segment altogether, was disgusted by the last minute pullout and questioned why the authors of Debunking 9/11 Myths "wouldn’t come on and address one of the conspiracy nuts." He also urged his listeners to "not buy the Debunking 9/11 Myths book because the people associated with it are pathetic weasels."

There’s no word yet on a possible rescheduling of the debate.

Thanks to Wesley Baker for the news submission!

As all fascists throughout history know

To engage in debate with your enemy is to dignify the notion that dialogue matters in a fascist state.

If 9/11 Truth scholars are such wingnuts, shouldn't PM enjoy humiliating them in a debate instead of running away like lying cowards?

How could he have known?

Wing-nuts "not" more like lock-nuts "yes" (never let go) along with a couple of hundred million people.

There is absolutley no theory if the data requested "by the prople" is provided, simple as that.

What's this guy trying to say anyway?

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

Dwight D. Eisenhower c1961

. . . in continuation (same speech):

"We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Does Munson not view this

Does Munson not view this abrupt "pull-out" an obvious admission of guilt? Does this situation not persuade him to re-think the position of the "conpiracy nuts"?


Something tells me these debates haven't been going so well for the slimey little puppets from propaganda central. Pathetic.


any link to this story?

Proper, professional debate is the key

It cannot be stressed enough how truly important a public debate is regarding 9/11. Not only are we waiting for a proper, open, independent, serious, scientific investigation into the greatest crime in American history, but we are also waiting for a proper debate of what occurred on that fateful day. Defenders of the official myth demonstrate their utter lack of veracity and credibility- not to mention their contempt for the American people- by refusing to enter into a debate with those whom question the official bag o' bunk. Davin Coburn is the very definition of a coward who won't put his reputation where his mouth is. He is a loser of the highest order. Enough said.
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Editor-In-Chief James B. Meigs, and editors Challenged to Debate

From the Muckraker report.


This letter / invitation was “hard copy” mailed to Popular Mechanics Editor-In-Chief James B. Meigs, and editors of the Popular Mechanics book, Debunking 9/11 Myths, Brad Reagan and David Dunbar. Meigs was recently on Fox News, O’Reilly Factor touting the Popular Mechanics book as the final answer on 9/11. Let’s see if they really stand behind their work! Call them, write them, e-mail them, and let them know its time to debate because their book is debatable!

Email: popularmechanics@hearst.com

Popular Mechanics
300 West 5th Street
New York, NY 10019-5899



Rule#1 No Debate Ever

Sounds like Mr Munson is a bit shocked because he just tripped over the unwritten rule that you're not supposed to actually debate anything (just gear all rhetoric in one direction), and now the PR department has had to make that rule explicit for him.

I think the PR debarment - whose goal is to maximize successful product outcome - tacitly knows that this kind of debate could potentially damage the credibility of the book in some people's minds so that they now decide not to buy it. If I was on the PR department I'd say no debate too. Heck, if he was to get smeared in a debate (and the 9/11 truth community would go crazy posting the audio bites) it would look bad for popular mechanics as a whole and could seriously damage their image. Of course they don't want just any researcher debating him, they'll probably want a specific person who's practiced and been coached on win the debate in the mind of a listener.


Demand them into embarssment

They at least deserve to pelted with thousands of demands to debate... or be described as hypocrites and cowards, which of course they are anyway.

Email: popularmechanics@hearst.com

E-mails won't make a difference... but this will!

Wanna make a real difference and call these bastard pranksters out for who they really are? Writing e-mails ain't gonna do it. What I recommend is that, on 9/11, a large, loud (obviously very peaceful) protest be held in front of the office of Popular Mechanics at 810 7th Ave in NYC. Go right to the source and demand a debate, goddamnit! C'mon. I dare ya to do it! :)

Check out this convenient map to the location- http://tinyurl.com/hxpnz

Now all you have to do is show up...
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Excellent Idea

I'll be in town and can do it, will talk to others at ny911truth about this. This spring we had something similar in front of Time Warner HQ right after Charlie Sheen on Jimmy Kimmel, but as thanks.


We should use a trojan horse type tactic to get debate. Here's a short paragraph from one of the best books I've ever read, "A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson: "In the 1860s, journals and other learned publications in Britain began to receive papers on hydrostatics, electricity, and other scientific subjects from a James Croll of Anderson's University in Glasgow. One of the papers, on how variations in Earth's orbit might have precipitated the ice ages, was published in the Philosophical Magazine in 1864 and was recognized at once as a work of the highest standard. So there was some surprise, and perhaps just a touch of embarrassment, when it turned out that Croll was not an academic at the university, but a janitor."

(The chapter is on ice ages and the book has a large number of such eye opening insights into the true, and very human, practice of science. The theory regarding Earth's orbit does appear to be correct and is supported by more recent physical evidence that high technology has uncovered.)

My point is that it is unlikely in the extreme that anyone from the Scholars will ever be debated by PM or any other organization that tries to "debunk" the truth, for obvious reasons. However, they might be persuaded to debate a janitor, or some other non-academic. One does not need a sheep skin to be learned and intelligent. Einstein struggled in school and worked in a patent office. It would be delightful to watch a highly credentialed (sp?) debunker get their ass kicked by a janitor.

Yeah! Though janitor is too

Yeah! Though janitor is too lowly a term for his position, maybe William Rodrigez?


William Rodrigez is not realy a janitor. He is a custodian. The word custodian means "Keeper of the Keys." I could be mistaken but I think Rodrigez was in charge of or had the master keys to the Twin Towers. I wouldn't concider that a lowly job. I also think he could win a bebate with Popular Mechanics hands down. In fact I know he could.

Charles Goyette was amazing vs. PM guy!

I only heard the last 5-10 minutes of Charles Goyette & a caller from the audience vs. one of the PM writers, but Goyette & the caller were tearing the guy to shreds! It was fantastic! Goyette & the caller were hammering the PM guy, who then retreated into the strategy of refusing to answer their questions directly. Goyette was great!

This was yesterday morning, and it may have something to do with PM canceling other debates!

Pull it

Pull it

Hee Hee (n/t)


Charles Goyette Archive?

The Charles Goyette archive page has never worked for me:

What's the deal? Does anyone have a different URL? I'd love to hear the show with the PM guy.

Where can I download this

Where can I download this particular debate between the PM and Charles Goyette?

Pok, pok, pok,

Pok, pok, pok, pooookkk.


So I’m prepared right now

So I’m prepared right now to say that the debunkers are funky punks."


these clownish PM imbeciles

these clownish PM imbeciles should be laughed at wherever they go. They shall be a laughing stock to thinking people everywhere.

Sounds Like the PR People Know the Truth!

With the percentage of Americans waking up to 9/11 Truth growing daily, seems like the quickest way to affect positive sales would be to debate a so-called Conspiracy Theorist and win!

Certainly I would by the book if any one of the PM hacks could stand up against a Fetzer or a Barrett. But to not even try! What a bunch of lilly livered cowards! It's outrageous.

Talk about lacking the courage of your convictions. Why even write a book if you're not prepared to defend its allegations which are purportedly based on sound scientific facts? This speaks volumes!

Popular Mechanics and its entire editorial staff can go to hell as far as I'm concerned!

Goyette Show

Guys please get someone who has the capabilty to post the stream of Goyette's show yesterday with the PM guy. This is "big time" important to get done in order to convert more people to our side.

MP3 link attached, see my post

This Munson guy is so

This Munson guy is so fickle. "Those conspiracy nutjobs are soooo stupid, but these other guys burned me, so they suck too!" Like a little child. Yep, keep believing that 99th percentile brains are just inherently psychotic. After all, it makes the peasants feel special.


its great that they have the book named "Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up To The Facts" then when they try to stand up to them, they cower and run...

I guess I have the answer to "Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up To The Facts"... its because you wont LET them!

"its great that they have

"its great that they have the book named "Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up To The Facts" then when they try to stand up to them, they cower and run...

I guess I have the answer to "Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up To The Facts"... its because you wont LET them!"

great post brainphreak. This Munson guy is a total puss.


Another win for the home team.

Punks? Exactly - Punks.

Punks? Exactly - Punks. Can't even show up to present their "facts" that prove the 19 high jacker fairy tale. L.O.L.

Is this why Popular Mechanics canceled some appearances.

Listen to this MP3 file of Popular Mechanics on the Charles Goyette show in Phoenix. Charles has him backpedaling big time. Pass this MP3 file to any one who is leaning on Popular Mechanics to support their continued belief in the official story



damn, he ripped that guy pretty good, and he didnt even get into the war games. everyone should listen to this.

revealing videofootage on 911.

All these advocates of the official story on 911 should do:
a) an ear - and eye check. or
b) look for a good psychiatrist or
C) let themselves be better informed, for instance on the link below.

Something else is going on here in stead of a kidneypatient in a cave somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

Watch (and hear) some revealing video's on 911 and discover how we all have been lied to regarding 911.See and hear witnesses accounts of clear explosions during the event and right before the twintowers and WTC building 7 collapses.


Greetings from Holland where the truth on 911 starting to come out, be it a bit slowly. How can you people up there be so deluded ? Your freedom is almost gone with that dictator overthere in power.