Live TV Getting Livlier
I'm probably giving them just what they want.
A gaggle of self-proclaimed 9-11 "Truthers" heckeled HBO's Bill Maher into a tizzy the other night during his live talk show. These are folks who believe one of the World Trade Center buildings was intentionally dropped that day six years ago (not the towers, but an office building referred to as WTC 7).
You've heard this before from Rosie O'Donnell and there are all manner of websites devoted to this theory--here's one of them.
By doing this, of course, I'm doing EXACTLY what these folks want: exposure. I'm good with that, because I've always believed that theories, no matter how kooky, need to be exposed to the light of day so they can be adequately dealt with.
Do I believe the Bush Administration intentionally dropped a perfectly healthy building that survived one of the nation's darkest days? No. I'm guessing these folks are adding 2 and 2 before deciding that the total is five. This is the same kind of thinking that has men in German war helmets squeezing off shots at JFK from Dealey Plaza manhole covers. No event is too large or too random that it can't be wrapped in some sort of conspiratorial cloak.
These folks had no right interupting Maher's show, and they do their cause no favor by being rude. If their argument can't gain attention on it's own, it ought to give them pause. That said, the outburst is getting more and more of us to look at what they're claiming, giving us all a chance to judge the theory by on it's own merits.
Maybe, by virtue of what happened Friday night, this whole conspiracy can be relegated to where it belongs: somewhere beyond Maher's lobby.