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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-14-05 04:54 PM
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NY Times: "Bush Labor Economist Says 9/11 Engineered by Administration"
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That headline did not run in the New York Times. In fact, I'm pulling your leg to illustrate a point.

The headline is true. Morgan Reynolds, chief economist to the Labor Department under the Bush regime in 2001-2002, has in fact gone on record saying that 9/11 was an inside job and that the Twin Towers were likely demolished by explosives. This has been reported in two Moonie outlets, The Washington Times and UPI.

UPI treats the story as gossip, i.e. something of intramural interest to Reynolds's current and former fellow members in the Bush regime.

But do tell: Why isn't this bombshell in the New York Times?

The question is not whether Morgan Reynolds is "credible" or not.

What matters is that he was a fairly high member of the regime, a political appointee who was called into the administration because of his anti-union views.

For a moment, let's say that Reynolds is full of bullshit about 9/11.

Nevertheless, imagine if the chief economist to the Clinton Labor Department were to publish columns stating his belief that Bill Clinton copulates with small furry animals, or sold secrets to China. This would merit at least a cursory item in the New York Times, and would generate outcry by pundits pro and con.

When the chief economist to the Bush Labor Department says that the alleged President is one of presumably dozens of unindicted co-conspirators in the murder of 3,000 Americans, this also merits coverage and analysis. Even if you don't subscribe to the same premise.

The media silence is deafening.

Also revealing is the form of denial expressed by some Democratic Underground members.

In Reynolds we see one of "THEM" saying he thinks the Bush regime blew up the Twin Towers!

If Reynolds was revealing some arcane matter about who outed Valerie Plame or what fucked Jeff Gannon, you guys would be ALL OVER IT IN JOY. You wouldn't be complaining that he's a right-winger, or that the story was covered by the Moonie press.

I expect the reductio ad absurdum to arrive in the following form:

Cheney will confess to engineering the 9/11 air defense standdown. This will be published only in the Washington Times. David Corn will dismiss the Vice President's revelation as conspiracy lunacy. A bunch of DUers will point out that Cheney was always a liar, and the Wash Times is an untrustworthy propaganda tool of the extreme right. THe NY Times will entirely ignore the story. Assorted gatekeepers will slap each other on the back for not taking the bait of disinfo offered up by the enemy side. When Jeb Bush stands in 2008, they will call him a wimp but not a gangster. He will squeak in...

Former Bush regime member Reynolds's "traitorous" statements can be found here:

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  -NY Times: "Bush Labor Economist Says 9/11 Engineered by Administration" JackRiddler  Jun-14-05 04:54 PM   #0 
  - I think it's wrong to automatically dismiss it...  marmar   Jun-14-05 05:00 PM   #1 
  - They probably don't want to be "Rathered" or "Newsweeked"  ComerPerro   Jun-14-05 05:01 PM   #2 
  - Not applicable in this case.  JackRiddler   Jun-14-05 05:08 PM   #3 
     - All Reynolds has to do is retract his statements once they report it  ComerPerro   Jun-14-05 05:12 PM   #4 
     - So what if he did?  Frederik   Jun-14-05 05:14 PM   #6 
     - Yeah, but they will just report it as "baseless accusations and attacks"  ComerPerro   Jun-14-05 05:20 PM   #9 
     - They can get away with anything...  JackRiddler   Jun-14-05 05:22 PM   #11 
        - Well, that was my point too, they can get away with anything at all  ComerPerro   Jun-14-05 05:24 PM   #14 
     - Very good point  Frederik   Jun-14-05 05:13 PM   #5 
  - look the dude is talking "controlled demolitions"  amazona   Jun-14-05 05:16 PM   #7 
  - He isn't questionng the fact that the planes hit the  Frederik   Jun-14-05 05:22 PM   #12 
  - If we hadn't seen jets fly into the buildings, it might make sense.  Vinca   Jun-14-05 05:19 PM   #8 
  - Bingo.  Media_Lies_Daily   Jun-14-05 05:21 PM   #10 
  - What about WTC7  Frederik   Jun-14-05 05:23 PM   #13 
     - Some say a large chunk of one of the other towers landed on 7  Rex   Jun-14-05 05:29 PM   #16 
     - Some say....  RBHam   Jun-14-05 05:46 PM   #20 
     - Some say the Moon is made of green cheese. Where is the evidence  stickdog   Jun-14-05 06:23 PM   #22 
     - Just you hide and watch - the NIST report will be released soon.  boloboffin   Jun-14-05 07:19 PM   #26 
        - Of course it will. Just like Flight 77's and 93's NTSB reports.  stickdog   Jun-16-05 01:56 AM   #29 
     - I haven't seen any evidence of that. Is your source credible?  philb   Jun-14-05 06:34 PM   #23 
     - "Some say ..." is incredibly weak  ROH   Jun-14-05 06:53 PM   #24 
     - wtc7 was "pulled" - the facts are known.  RBHam   Jun-14-05 05:57 PM   #21 
  - POW!!!  JackRiddler   Jun-14-05 05:27 PM   #15 
  - has he denied the comments as reported in the wash times?  RedSock   Jun-14-05 05:44 PM   #18 
  - Who says he's being misquoted?  boloboffin   Jun-14-05 07:16 PM   #25 
  - I'm not allowed to express my anger over this censorship.  RBHam   Jun-14-05 05:45 PM   #19 
  - Censorship?? Here the thread is, using DU bandwidth all day long!  boloboffin   Jun-14-05 07:20 PM   #27 
  - yeah, pretty maddening...  delver   Jun-15-05 03:43 AM   #28 
  - Bush Knew  RBHam   Jun-14-05 05:42 PM   #17 

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