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Six Years Later, The 9/11 Myth Lingers

Did Saddam Hussein participate in the 9/11 terror attacks?

It’s a simple question, and the answer has been confirmed by official sources, including some at the White House.

But the answer still doesn’t come easily for some Americans.

A new CBS/New York Times poll reveals that even today, 1 in 3 Americans believe that “Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.”

Editor & Publisher reports that 40% of Republicans still hold this view, compared with 32% of Independents and 27% of Democrats.

So what does it really take for people to accept what has been confirmed?

6 Comments

  1. We basically kept listening until the Downing Street Memo surfaced. Then, we tuned out. I believe that is a true statement for the vast majority of Americans. We missed the update that it was all bogus when it came out; our ears were numb from the hallucinatory garbage we had been fed, or force-fed in many instances.

    What makes this portion of the comment interesting is that you acknowledge that the “update” was made. What’s worse? The media refusing to cover something the public wants to hear, or the public ignoring what the media is reporting?

    That’s not to say that the media didn’t make mistakes, Bud, but just playing Devil’s Advocate here, there’s only so much the media can do when people are in “tune out” mode.

  2. America listened intently as we were told of yellow cake, and WMD, etc. We basically kept listening until the Downing Street Memo surfaced. Then, we tuned out. I believe that is a true statement for the vast majority of Americans. We missed the update that it was all bogus when it came out; our ears were numb from the hallucinatory garbage we had been fed, or force-fed in many instances.

    During this same time, America came seriously under siege from within, as the battle for the complete elimination of the middle-class began. When the military actions were no longer “allowed” to be reported, the siege took center stage. Then the transformation from capitalistic democracy to autocratic corporatism rocked our world to such a complete degree that we were suddenly concerned about datamining, habeous corpus, and having our library cards examined by the FBI–without permission.

    At what point do we stop trusting the media reports–of anything? And, at what cost do we begin believing them again? Is this a condemnation of your work? Only if you participate in the complete charade that has, for seven years, passed for what we used to refer to in this country as “Journalism”. But, please do not try to tell me that this condemnation is neither warranted nor valid. And do not try to convince anyone that it is not a widely accepted practice among what used to be referred to honorifically as the news media.

    (Just my humble opine!) 🙂

    Budroe

  3. It’s a great example of just how poorly our press function in this country. People are misinformed on a daily basis and then people wonder why the average American doesn’t know anything.

    And I guess you personally are responsible for the fact that the majority of people — 60% of Republicans, 68% of Independants and 78% of Democrats think that there is no link?

    They’re obviously getting the message, Dave, though you clearly don’t wish to see that.

    My question was simply why there are those stragglers, and what it will take for them to change their mind. Somehow, I don’t think watching another news report will do it, because there have been news reports that debunked this. Unlike you, apparently, I’ve seen them.

  4. Sadly, I think that racism mixed with ignorance is a deadly cocktail that leads many Americans to believe that any Middle-Eastern country is affiliated with “the terrorists.” The people who fall into this percentage are probably uneducated people who are mislead into believing that Bush’s “evildoers” are basically anybody from that region who isn’t white.

  5. Well if we had a functioning media in this country that actually informed people rather than misinform them, nobody in this country would have a problem understanding what happened.

    It’s a great example of just how poorly our press function in this country. People are misinformed on a daily basis and then people wonder why the average American doesn’t know anything.

    It’s sad, really.

  6. I’m confused, Patrick. Just did a quick search online and found stories about both Bush and Rumsfeld saying there was no link between Hussein and 9/11. Here’s one, and here‘s another, both from 2003.

    I think I see your meaning–that the White House has confirmed that there is no link–but what they actually did was deny any connection between the two. They “confirmed” nothing.

    As for why people don’t get it? I could go on for ages on that…but I won’t. 😀

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.