Friday, February 6, 2009
FOX News host says 9/11 truthers are 'mentally ill'; fails to mention his boss owns network he condemns for airing shows that mention 9/11 theories
The FX Channel (which is airing “Rescue Me”) is owned by the parent company of FOX News, News Corporation
by Larry Simons
February 6, 2009
On Thursday’s Fox and Friends, Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld discussed the upcoming season of “Rescue Me”, which airs on the FX channel and begins in April. It has been reported that the first 10 episodes of the upcoming season of “Rescue Me” is to deal with the conspiracies involving 9/11. One of the shows' stars, Daniel Sanjata, is a real-life 9/11 truther and his character on the show, firemen Franco Rivera, is also a 9/11 truther.
Talking with Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Gretchen Carlson, Gutfeld says this, “What angers me about this (the shows content) is that people are treating it with respect..” No, what really angers Gutfeld and his ilk is the fact that the 9/11 truth movement has now reached such a crescendo that it is now being included in major plot lines of hit TV shows.
Then Gutfeld says, “The New York Times ran a piece about it. They interviewed the producer — the producer described the actor, the actor believes this stuff, that the actor is well-read, very passionate about it. They say this sort of thing about conspiratorialists all the time, but they never say these people are idiots, they’re mentally ill, they shouldn’t be treated with respect.”
It’s very interesting to point out the fact that if this issue bothered Gutfeld as much as he claimed it did, when he was asked to be on Fox and Friends to discuss this, why didn’t he request that Daniel Sanjata be on the show as well, so all four of them (Gutfeld and the 3 Fox and Friends hosts) could ask Sanjata why he believes this and put his “theories” to the fire?
The answer is simple. Why go straight to the source for the facts when you can just sit in a chair and call people “mentally ill” and “crazy” and not have to answer one question pertaining to the 9/11 anomalies? Hell, they didn’t even show the clip of the show that was discussed!
Here is that clip from “Rescue Me”
Gutfeld then said this, “It’s an insult to people that were victims of 9/11 and their families. It’s an insult to firefighters. I am surprised they are doing this.” Really now Greg? It’s an insult to Bill Doyle, who just happens to be the head of the largest 9/11 families group (who believes the government was complicit in the attacks)? It’s an insult to the scores of firefighters who also believe 9/11 was an inside job? They even have their own website here where many of them have written articles about their beliefs.
So, Gutfelds’ conclusion that firefighters and families would be offended is simply just made up and based on zero evidence. Just another example of FOX News propaganda and repetition. If it’s said enough times (that truthers are crazy and all victims’ families are offended) well, hell..it must be true!
Gutfeld then makes a bizarre comparison, “It just drives me nuts to say that somebody…just because you’re passionate about something, you’re right. Well, Mark David Chapman was passionate about the Beatles, and he did what he did was horrible, so, you just because you believe in something, doesn’t make it right.” How in the hell is Mark David Chapman an accurate analogy to a 9/11 truther? Is he saying we are nutballs who might kill someone? It sure sounds like that’s what he’s implying to me!
Investigating a blatantly covered-up terror attack and speaking out against it is now synonymous with brutally murdering one of the most famous singers in the history of music? I realize that Gutfeld’s point was that “just because you believe something in your mind, doesn’t make it right”, but this is not an accurate portrayal of what the 9/11 truth movement is.
A vast majority of the 9/11 issues discussed by truth activists are not theories, but documented facts. No plane parts at the Pentagon and Shanksville---FACT. Building 7 collapsing due to “fire” in 6 seconds and having every single characteristic of a controlled demolition---FACT. The use of the Mark David Chapman comparison was obviously an attempt to psychologically influence the Fox and Friends viewers to conjure up images of 9/11 truthers shooting people who do not accept their views.
Gutfeld gets one major thing wrong in his comparison of truthers to Mark David Chapman. 9/11 truthers do not say they are 100% right about every topic mentioned. This is why we want new investigations started, to have ALL questions asked an answered. Chapman was never an activist or protester. He never spoke out about any injustices that he claimed no one listened to him about. He was simply a psychotic fan who was obsessed with the J.D. Salinger book, The Catcher in the Rye.
The most amazing point to be made about this entire segment is that Gutfeld calls 9/11 truthers “mentally ill” and “crazy” but completely leaves out the fact that the FX network is owned by the parent company of FOX News, News Corporation. Did Gutfeld just admit that his own employer, News Corporation, is mentally ill as well? It would appear to me that if you let something be broadcast that you feel is “nutty” that would make you (at the very least) equally “nutty”, maybe even more “nutty”.
Gutfeld also displays another characteristic of defenders of the official conspiracy theory: calling 9/11 truthers "nutty"and "crazy" but yet not refuting one claim they make. Instead of admitting that gatekeepers of the official story like him are afraid of the hard questions and the obvious cover-ups surrounding Sept. 11, 2001 (from the whitewash of the 9/11 commission to the 80+ unreleased Pentagon videos, just to name a few), they make other excuses for their fear of confronting 9/11 truthers. Gutfeld also never explains why, if truthers are so "nutty", he is afraid to have them on Red Eye as guests so he could tear them to shreds with facts and make them look like the crazy people he claims they are. Perhaps the reason is because truthers would make him look like the babbling buffoon?
Like clockwork, Gutfeld does not disappoint by saying, “People are too scared to confront the 9/11 conspiracies cause, it’s like the crazy guy on the subway, you don’t want to make eye contact, but eventually you gotta make eye contact. You gotta tell that guy to get lost.”
No, they aren’t afraid of a so-called “conspiracy theory” because if they were, they would be afraid of the official story (a conspiracy as well [21 people involved; 19 hijackers, bin Laden and Zacarias Moussaoui, hence, conspiracy]). They are afraid of hearing the actual documented facts of 9/11, or the plethora of questions about that day that were never asked in the 9/11 Commission hearings. Most of all, they are afraid of the life change they would have to undergo if they heard all the facts and were convinced a cover-up was the unequivocal truth.
Human beings are creatures of habit. They don’t want to change their lives. They want a perpetual state of comfort. Believing an unpopular thing (even if it’s the truth) is not comfortable. It’s a burden, it’s work, it takes years of research and could also make them targets of ridicule and persecution…things that comfortable people do not want to take on. Those people are the very ones sitting in their living rooms watching Greg Gutfeld spew his unchallenged bullshit and lapping it up like a cat licking its ass.
Fair and balanced? I was keeping score. I counted 4 Bush supporters and 0 truthers. I guess FOX was scared to have any “mentally ill” people on the show for fear that the ‘nutballs’ would have humiliated the 4 stooges with fact after fact.
Watch the clip