The Persistence of Myths

Zogby Poll: 51% of Americans Want Congress to Probe Bush/Cheney Regarding 9/11 Attacks; Over 30% Seek Immediate Impeachment

As America nears the sixth anniversary of the world-churning events of September 11, 2001, a new Zogby International poll finds a majority of Americans still await a Congressional investigation of President Bush’ and Vice President Cheney’s actions before, during and after the 9/11 attacks. Over 30% also believe Bush and/or Cheney should be immediately impeached by the House of Representatives.

The poll also found that over two-thirds of Americans say the 9/11 Commission should have investigated the still unexplained collapse of the 47-story World Trade Center Building 7 at 5:20 p.m. on September 11, 2001.

I’m not into the various, let’s call them alternative explanations for some of the events that took place on 9-11. On the other hand as we’ve had such a secretive administration some of the blame for a sizable proportion of the population to believe that not all the facts are in is understandable. It is frustrating, but understandable that people know that Bush and Cheney have skimped on the facts from day one. Some people have taken that large credibility gap and filled it with their pet theories. It might not hurt us as a nation to have another investigation to give some closure to some of these theories. When you have a poll that says two thirds of Americans want some further explanation you’re statistically crossing ideological lies as its not impossible, but highly unlikely that two thirds is all Democrat or indendent.
The Right is a little upset, the poor things that so many Americans don’t trust every word that came from the administration or a Republican controlled Congress. A typical rabid Conservative blog called the Jawa Report wrote this, September 06, 2007, Zogby: 42% of Democrats Want TEH TROOF about 9-11

And last but not least, here’s a personal rant at the 9-11 Troofers from yours truly, in honor of the 9-11 victims they’re spitting on with their unfettered nuttery.

Jawa has a corner on the truth, he knows all and sees all. Or maybe not. He wasn’t interested in the truth about the outing of Valerie Plame. Nope that was all a witch hunt by the great liberal conspiracy. Jawa wrote, March 17, 2007, Joe Wilson Outed Valerie Plame

Either Plame is outright lying about her “status,” or is too stupid and incompetent to know what her status even was. Fitz didn’t find anything to prosecute there, and Armitage would’ve been prosecuted as the leaker if he had.
By Good Lt. at March 17, 2007 11:10 AM

Someone that is in such utter and deranged denial about Valerie Plame’s covert status hardly has the moral standing to throw stones at two thirds of the American people that have some questions and it is partly people like Jawa that are to blame because of the garbage they continue to regurgitate about Plame and hundreds of other stories that tend to blister the tender right-wing tin foil. Bush’s recent lie about what he knew about disbanding the Iraqi Army got hardly a blimp on right-wing sites, you know the ones that are obsessed with the truth – New Film Agrees With Bremer: Bush Fibs “Big Time” in Latest Book

Of course, it was not the policy to keep Saddam’s army intact, as Paul “Jerry” Bremer conclusively shows in his Sept. 6 guest op-ed in the New York Times. It turns out there’s a paper trail, and the decision originated in the Defense Department, was approved by Don Rumsfeld, and went all the way to the White House. Everyone was in on it. Almost. Wolfowitz, Feith, even General Franks at Central Command knew about it in advance. It wasn’t Bremer’s idea, although he agreed with it and still does. He was just following orders, and he even gave the president a heads-up before the announcement and got a personal note of thanks in return.

Conspiracy theories are tiring, but it is just this sort of blatant lie, a thumb in the eye of the American people that creates fertile ground for conspiracy theories.

Those who lie for the Right don’t slink away to quiet obscurity after their disgrace they just go to work for right-wing think tanks ( an oxymoron I know), Judith Miller Finally Lands in the ‘Right’ Place

Judith Miller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent that pushed all the Bush administration spin about the (so-far non-existent) existence of WMD in Iraq, has finally come home. She’s taken a job with the friends of “greater economic choice and individual responsibility” at the Manhattan Institute.

*related – Persistence of Myths Could Alter Public Policy Approach

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued a flier to combat myths about the flu vaccine. It recited various commonly held views and labeled them either “true” or “false.” Among those identified as false were statements such as “The side effects are worse than the flu” and “Only older people need flu vaccine.”

When University of Michigan social psychologist Norbert Schwarz had volunteers read the CDC flier, however, he found that within 30 minutes, older people misremembered 28 percent of the false statements as true. Three days later, they remembered 40 percent of the myths as factual.

Younger people did better at first, but three days later they made as many errors as older people did after 30 minutes. Most troubling was that people of all ages now felt that the source of their false beliefs was the respected CDC.