9/11 Trutherism is Dead

As we remember those lost on 9/11, let’s remember that the 9/11 truther movement is dead.

911As Google Trends shows, 9/11 trutherism peaked in 2006-2007 during the days of Loose Change.  It spikes every September, but even those spikes are a shadow of what they once were.

Speaking of Loose Change:

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Loose Change peaked in 2007; the September spikes are even smaller. Thanks, Popular Mechanics!

A 2014 poll on conspiracy theories found that 57% of those responding believe that 9/11 was not a conspiracy; 24% believe the government knew about it in advance and didn’t stop it. Polls asking if the government was behind 9/11 give clearer results: a 2006 Scripps Howard poll discovered that 77% of people believe the Twin Towers were not brought down by explosives, and just 6% said it was “very likely”.

Despite this, Truther sites claim that a majority of people doubt the “official story”. This is because of a poll sponsored by…9/11 truthers. A 2006 poll is seized on as proof that 84% of people believe in a conspiracy, but the (rather confusing) question just asked you if you felt George W Bush was lying or hiding something. Thinking that George W Bush was lying about something does not a Truther make.

Some of the top links on r/911truth are years old, and they come from a small number of posters. When a guy shows up to a Bernie Sanders speech holding this:

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I ran into this guy in real life. Note how he originally wrote “Jet fuels can’t melt steal beams”…

Now everyone calls him out as the asshole he is. Once upon a time 9/11 truthers would demand the “truth” from politicians, or rush onto podiums to ask for an “investigation”. Now, 9/11 truth as a movement is largely dead. Thankfully.

Via r/topmindsofreddit user bigbowlowrong

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