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Thursday, August 03, 2006

The rot in Denmark

Americans are increasingly skeptical of the Official Story:

More than a third of the American public suspects that federal officials assisted in the 9/11 terrorist attacks or took no action to stop them so the United States could go to war in the Middle East, according to a new Scripps Howard/Ohio University poll.

The national survey of 1,010 adults also found that anger against the federal government is at record levels, with 54 percent saying they "personally are more angry" at the government than they used to be.

Widespread resentment and alienation toward the national government appear to be fueling a growing acceptance of conspiracy theories about the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

It shouldn't be surprising that computer-savvy Americans, many of whom grew up with Photoshop and CGI, should prove to be less susceptible to getting whipped into a war fever than past generations. But here's the truly interesting part:

The survey also found that people who regularly use the Internet but who do not regularly use so-called "mainstream" media are significantly more likely to believe in 9/11 conspiracies. People who regularly read daily newspapers or listen to radio newscasts were especially unlikely to believe in the conspiracies.

Question: which group is generally considered to be more intelligent and better educated, those who use the Internet or those dedicated to the mainstream media? What would really settle this to my satisfaction is learning what the women who get their news from local television believe. Whatever that might be, the truth is guaranteed to be the opposite.

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