The Media Response to the Growing
Influence of the 9/11 Truth Movement
By Elizabeth Woodworth ~ Posted by
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Part II: A Survey of Attitude Change in
In the past year, in response to emerging
independent science on the 9/11 attacks, nine corporate, seven
public, and two independent media outlets aired analytic
programs investigating the official account.
Increasingly, the issue is treated as a scientific
controversy worthy of debate, rather than as a "conspiracy
theory" ignoring science and common sense.
This essay presents these media analyses in the form of 18 case
Eight countries Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Russia have allowed their
publicly-owned broad-casting stations to air the full spectrum
of evidence challenging the truth of the official account of
This more open approach taken in the international media I could
also have included the Japanese media might be a sign that
worldwide public and corporate media organizations are
positioning themselves, and preparing their audiences, for a
possible revelation of the truth of the claim that forces within
the US government were complicit in the attacks a revelation
that would call into question the publicly given rationale for
the military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.
The evidence now being explored in the international media may
pave the way for the US media to take an in-depth look at the
implications of what is now known about 9/11, and to
re-examine the country's foreign and domestic policies in the
light of this knowledge.
Until 2009, doubts about the official 9/11 story were briefly
entertained by the mainstream media on each anniversary of the
event, allowing the independent research community only a
fleeting moment once a year to publicly voice its findings.
But after crucial scientific evidence emerged in April
2009 to challenge the official story of how the towers fell, a
spate of European media reports followed. The news coverage of
this evidence seems to have opened the door to more serious
reflection on all aspects of the 9/11 issue in the major media.
The first paper in my series, "The Media Response to 9/11,"
dealt with the New Statesman's grudging recognition of Dr. David
Ray Griffin, the world's "top truther" (as it dubbed him),
placing him number 41 among "The 50 People Who Matter Today."
Since this admission in September 2009, the issue has gathered
The collective content issuing from this new momentum is
presented here in the hope that it will embolden other major
media to take up the pivotal controversy concerning 9/11, and
pursuing the truth wherever it may lead.
Observations on the Analysis
While carrying out my analysis, I observed five new features in
the media treatment of the 9/11 issue that developed as 2009
progressed. They are listed here, so that readers might look for
them in the case studies that follow below:
1. The 9/11 issue is increasingly framed not as conspiracy
theories versus hard science, but as a legitimate controversy
resting on unanswered questions and a search for truth.
2. News reports and television programs
examining these controversies have become longer and more
3. Major media outlets have begun to present the claims of the
truth movement first, followed by counter-arguments from
defenders of the official story.
4. Major media outlets have begun to include, and even to
introduce, extensive evidence to support the claims of the
9/11 truth community.
5. The media treatments increasingly suggest the possibility of
a re-investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.
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