Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Paul Thompson interviewed by Peter Coyote on 911, the Media, Behind the Scenes Politics and the Smear of Conspiracy

An interview of Terror Timeline author Paul Thompson about 9/11 by Peter Coyote.

The last part of this clip (4:00 onwards) is very instructive about the use of the term "conspiracy theory" to scare or discourage people from thinking clearly about evidence. When the word is associated with what is a legitimate line of inquiry, the baby ends up being thrown out with the bath water, and evidence of a real conspiracy is then overlooked.

Thompson make a good point where if you apply the label "conspiracy theory" everyone runs like it's the plague. He says that the conspiracy smear is used for "anything that runs against the mainstream political establishment/conventional wisdom". Coyote replies that "it's a device to stop debate". Great points.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, November 15th, 2011.]

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