The last few days left many of us at a loss of words as we recalled the horrors of September 11th, 2001. Â But while people share stories of tragic loss and hope, pictures and afterthoughts, we still have the 9/11 truthers who like to tell us our fellow Americans died at the hands of our own government.
Last night’s Red Eye discussed Charlie Sheen, the latest celebrity truther idiot to shoot off his mouth. He recently released a YouTube video demanding both a meeting with the president and a reinvestigation of 9/11:
Sheen’s main message:
We want our country back, Mr. President. Therefore, I’m not just calling on you and your team. I’m calling on each and every American citizen to wake up, stand up, and demand the truth.
Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld responds:
Now, never mind how repulsive this is to anyone personally affected by the terror attacks, Sheen is just awesome for revealing what makes a conspiracy theorist so pathetic.
Being years removed from 9/11, some may begin to forget the magnitude of what occurred that day. As each year goes by, it will become easier for people to jump onto stupid conspiracy bandwagons without spending ten seconds thinking about how ridiculous they may be.
When it comes to truther obsession, the questioning will always be as Sheen confesses “bottomless.” That’s the joy of conspiracy, it’s like an endless bag of Doritos, except instead of chips you get comebacks like “that’s what they want you to think,” and “open your eyes, dude.” It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
It is sad, but the funny part is why people choose to believe conspiracy theories in the first place. These truthers seem to have a desire for a narrative that they feel is better than the real one. For them, the truth does not suffice They like to pretend they are above the lie and are smart enough to know they are being lied to.
I recently wrote about Sheen and truthers for Parcbench:
I have a theory of my own. Both actor Mark Wahlberg and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane had tickets for the flights that crashed on 9/11 but either missed them or made other plans. My guess is that Sheen [and other truthers] thinks they were probably in on it as well.
It’s safe to assume truthers will believe anything that isn’t the real story. They just won’t give in to the truth, and instead demand another story.Â When you hear truthers talk, they have the same indoctrinated tone that you hear from students on college campuses these days.
Conspiracy theorists in general only have one tactic, and that is to demand the truth. When it comes time for them to offer their own theory, they get stuck. Their only strategy is to assert that what we know isn’t true.
Creators of the Loose Change documentary continue to release new versions of their hack film about why the official 9/11 story is a farce. They famously debated writers of Popular Mechanics and got whooped. If anything makes the truthers look crazy, this is it. The guys from Mechanics sound rational and measured, while the Loose Change guys laugh and respond in fast, desperate rants. The truthers are banking on amateur eyewitness testimony, and the Mechanics writers are relying on facts and science.
A new documentary from National Geographic took popular truthers and showed them several large-scale tests that were done to prove the accuracy of the claims made by the 9/11 Commission Report. The truthers’ only comeback was to say that the tests were irrelevant or that they didn’t address the right issue.
In the world of paranoid conspiracy theories there are no coincidences.