This article constitutes the second part of the project Ted Walter and I set out to complete with respect to same-day US television coverage. Having shown (see the preceding article) that explosive destruction of the Towers was a major hypothesis of on-the-ground reporters on the morning of 9/11, we wished to discover how it was that by the end of the day all major TV networks and stations were singing the song of Bin Laden’s destruction of the buildings through fire and airplane impact.
Our conclusion was that evidence-free claims, combined with repetition and a dramatic yarn, were the major mechanisms used. We also found that the evident precision and coordination demonstrate the existence of—yes, we should acknowledge it—an extremely ambitious and detailed conspiracy.
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20 in Part 1, 105 in App A, 64 in App B.