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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Katherine Kersten's Korner

Apparently, Katherine Kersten has forgotten the number one rule of dealing with crackpot conspiracy theorists: don't give them the attention they are seeking. Nevertheless, she does just that in her latest kolumn. I wonder how she deals with kids that are throwing tantrums.

Wingnuttia Level: UC (utter cluelessness)

Unlike Kersten, I'm not going to spend time talking about how silly it is to believe that the Bush administration faked phone calls from United Flight 93 using voice synthesizers or other idiocies. But the fact that 16 percent of Americans believe in some 9/11 conspiracy theories isn't something that I am panicking about. Don't more people believe in UFOs or believe that Elvis is still alive?

I am worried about one statistic, though: the fact that almost half of Americans think that Saddam Hussein had something to do with 9/11. That's almost three times as many people as believe in 9/11 conspiracy theories, and this belief has actually had an impact on U.S. foreign policy, with disastrous results. Guess which party tried its best to push the 9/11-Saddam links? Could it be the one that Kersten calls home?

How about Kersten writes a kolumn about the real scary conspiracy theorists: the ones who believe that Saddam had something to do with 9/11? After all, they are actually running parts of our government. Now that's scary.


At 12:51 PM, September 11, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She also said "His organization includes dozens of professors who teach today at institutions such as the University of St. Thomas and University of Wisconsin at Madison."

While I'm sure she was quoting the nutcase former professor accurately, she apparently did no independent verificiation. My guess is there are not ANY supporters who teach at those institutions and I think it was irresponsible of her to imply that there are without verification.

At 1:47 PM, September 12, 2006, Anonymous jeff said...

If her column is inaccurate, then what about all of the other stories that get published in the StarTribune? How do you feel about Doug Grow, CJ or Nick Coleman’s accuracy? It can't be fact if it’s leaning left and inaccurate if it goes right. Isn't that a bit hypocritical to believe since the newspaper does in fact lean left or center to begin with?

From what I read in her column and your blog, there is no chance she is trying to speak for you. I just don't get why liberals think they need to speak for everyone else. We all have a voice and we use it no matter what viewpoint or issue is addressed.


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