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AP Describes Controlled-Demolition Wacko as 'Scholar' and 'Sept. 11 Theorist'
Associated Press/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 10/23/2006 12:30:27 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

Ah, the refined sensibilities of the Associated Press. Far be it from that paragon of journalistic impartiality to insert itself in the controversy over whether George Bush & Co. intentionally murdered thousands of Americans on 9-11 via the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center.

And so it is that AP entitled its article about the decision of 9-11 conspiracy nut Steven Jones to retire from his BYU professor's post:

"BYU Scholar, Sept. 11 Theorist, Resigns".

A "scholar" and a "theorist." Impressive! Might that be some kind of hybrid between a 'gentleman and a scholar' and a theoretical physicist, perhaps? Now, in fairness, I wouldn't expect the AP to adopt my "conspiracy whack job" nomenclature in its headline - although it would be entirely accurate. But the utter neutrality of "theorist" coupled with the honorary title of "scholar" seems excessive. Would the AP describe David Duke as a "racial theorist," for example?

I think AP could and should have found a way to communicate in its headline the extreme controversiality of Jones' views. Something, perhaps, along the lines "9-11 Controversialist Retires From BYU Post".

Those wanting to see for themselves just how "out there" the good ex-professor is can check the web site of "Scholars for 9/11 Truth," the organization he founded to promote his lunacy.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Utah; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; byu; controlleddemolition; stevenjones

1 posted on 10/23/2006 12:30:29 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

I edited and expanded my original NewsBusters item so much that I asked the Admin Mod to delete the original thread, and thus am re-pinging the 'new and improved' version.


2 posted on 10/23/2006 12:31:27 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
But the utter neutrality of "theorist" coupled with the honorary title of "scholar" seems excessive. Would the AP describe David Duke as a "racial theorist," for example?

You know in theory I'm a theorist...
3 posted on 10/23/2006 12:33:35 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

Theoretically speaking, that is ;-)


4 posted on 10/23/2006 12:34:56 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yes of course. It's still in it's formative stages. I need a grant to continue my work...


5 posted on 10/23/2006 12:37:53 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

At a department seminar held on September 22, 2005, Jones presented the substance of the paper that would become "Why Indeed did the WTC Buildings Collapse?".[12] His hypothesis is that on September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center towers and Seven World Trade Center collapsed as a result of controlled demolition, not the impact of the airplanes that hit them or the fires that followed. The paper does not claim to prove this hypothesis, but calls for further scientific investigation to test it along with the release of all relevant data by the government. Shortly after the seminar Jones made the paper available on the website of the physics department of Brigham Young University and it would eventually be published in a book of essays critical of the official version of the September 11, 2001 attacks, 9/11 and American Empire: Intellectuals Speak Out, edited by David Ray Griffin and Peter Dale Scott.[13]

Jones has been interviewed by mainstream news sources and has made a number of public appearances, including the 9/11 + The Neo-Con Agenda Symposium, which was held in Los Angeles on June 24-25, 2006.[14] While Jones has urged caution in drawing conclusions,[15] his public comments have suggested a considerable degree of certainty about both the controlled demolition of the World Trade Center and the culpability of agents working within the U.S. government.[16] In an article published on September 5, 2006, Jones told The Guardian that the attacks were an "inside job".[17] His name is often mentioned in reporting about 9/11 conspiracy theories.[18]


6 posted on 10/23/2006 12:39:00 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Hoo4You

I have some really great investment opportunities in cold fusion, if you are the person I think you are.


8 posted on 10/23/2006 12:54:13 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: Hoo4You

"Never in the history of the world has *any* steel framed building failed due to fire, but on 9/11, a total of *three* buildings did exactly this."

Never in History have two Airline Jets slammed into buildings, either....WHAT'S YOUR POINT?

Somethin' smells fishy here.......


9 posted on 10/23/2006 12:54:55 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Hoo4You
Never in the history of the world has *any* steel framed building failed due to fire, but on 9/11, a total of *three* buildings did exactly this.

How many times in history have buildings been rammed at 550 mph by fully fueled 757s?

10 posted on 10/23/2006 12:55:50 PM PDT by js1138 (The absolute seriousness of someone who is terminally deluded.)
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To: Hoo4You

Hoo4You
Since Mar 6, 2006

...hmmmmm......


11 posted on 10/23/2006 12:56:36 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: Hoo4You

Welcome to FR


12 posted on 10/23/2006 12:57:02 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Hoo4You

So you are a "conservative" who believes Pres. Bush murdered thousands of Americans on 9-11?


13 posted on 10/23/2006 12:57:25 PM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
BYU Scholar, Sept. 11 Theorist


14 posted on 10/23/2006 12:58:31 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: Hoo4You

Perhaps the screen name "Hooey4You" would be more fitting.


15 posted on 10/23/2006 12:58:40 PM PDT by Bahbah (Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev, we are praying for you)
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To: Hoo4You

Perhaps you could provide us with data from other 110 story skyscrapers that were hit by fuel-laded passenger airliners.

We'll wait patiently.


16 posted on 10/23/2006 12:59:37 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"AP Describes Controlled-Demolition Wacko as 'Scholar' and 'Sept. 11 Theorist"

Ushering in a new standard in scholarship in America. You must assimilate - no fair knowing that buildings don't fall down.

17 posted on 10/23/2006 1:01:05 PM PDT by patriot_wes (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - may they prosper who love thee...Ps 122:6)
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To: Hoo4You
You and Jones are crackpots.


18 posted on 10/23/2006 1:01:48 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: hellinahandcart

Ping!


19 posted on 10/23/2006 1:02:18 PM PDT by sauropod ("Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die To-morrow." - Ben Franklin)
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To: scottdeus12
"Never in History have two Airline Jets slammed into buildings, either....WHAT'S YOUR POINT? Somethin' smells fishy here....... "

You're correct - using the phrase "Airline Jets" is extremely fishy.

20 posted on 10/23/2006 1:03:43 PM PDT by patriot_wes (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - may they prosper who love thee...Ps 122:6)
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To: Hoo4You
how <2K temperatures caused TWO 110 story buildings to collapse upon themselves in such a spectacular fashion

The steel did not have to melt, only be weakened by higher temperatures than it was ever meant to take under load, coupled with the structural damage done by the impact of a fully loaded airliner.

Perjoratives aside, how exactly did that happen?

I will refrain from using perjoratives. I will, however exercise my right to use a pejorative and say, "What other idiotic theories do you believe, and how did you ever make it to adulthood listening to a bunch of crackpots and social outcasts?"

21 posted on 10/23/2006 1:04:48 PM PDT by SlowBoat407 (A living insult to islam since 1959)
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To: kinoxi

Fake but accurate?


22 posted on 10/23/2006 1:05:24 PM PDT by reaganandme (You don't beat a liberal by becoming one.)
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To: SlowBoat407

SB,

We'll be sitting around for some time waiting for a response.

Sleeper Troll Alert!


23 posted on 10/23/2006 1:07:43 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This kook is seen as a hero over on Liberty Post.


24 posted on 10/23/2006 1:08:55 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: sauropod

What irony... everyone responding to a comment #7 that was zotted..judging from the excerpts, glad I missed it.


25 posted on 10/23/2006 1:10:05 PM PDT by gb63
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To: reaganandme
Fake but accurate?

You got a grant you tell me;)

The pictures from 9/11 disturb me.
26 posted on 10/23/2006 1:10:19 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: gb63

Hoo4u

This account has been banned or suspended.

Sweet. Another Troll Bites the dust.


27 posted on 10/23/2006 1:13:08 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: js1138
Never in the history of the world has *any* steel framed building failed due to fire

I believe this statement is a lie.

28 posted on 10/23/2006 1:13:16 PM PDT by Lekker 1 (("...the world will be...eleven degrees colder by the year 2000" -- K. Watt, Earth Day, 1970)
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To: Lekker 1

"I believe this statement is a lie."

You are correct. The person who made that comment got nuked.


29 posted on 10/23/2006 1:14:44 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: scottdeus12

The definitive investigation in which all the 9-11 Truth theories hit the dust for good...The Popular Mechanics article. Read this for the debunking.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html


30 posted on 10/23/2006 1:19:04 PM PDT by gb63
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To: gb63

good site for debunking......

anyone who thinks this was a controlled demo should have their wooden heads examined......


31 posted on 10/23/2006 1:23:42 PM PDT by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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