Fair 9/11 Truth Coverage by Fox 9 News

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Nate Clark
We Are Change Minnesota
September 21st, 2007

The Riverview Theater in Minneapolis overflowed with attendees to a free screening of 9/11 Press for Truth on September 11th, 2007. Sponsored by Minnesota 9/11 Truth, the event drew an estimated 800 people including former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura. 911 family member Catherine Statz and FBI whistleblower on the Moussaui case Coleen Rowley made opening statements to the enthusiastic crowd. Also in attendance were 9/11 Press for Truth Producer John Duffey and Director Ray Nowosielski.

9/11 Press For Truth screening at the Riverview Theater on 9-11-07

9/11 Press For Truth screening at the Riverview Theater on 9-11-07

That evening, Fox 9 News aired a segment titled “Remembering 9/11: Musical Concert & Raising Questions,” which gave fair coverage to the effort to reinvestigate 9/11. Although none of the evidence of official cover-up of the events of 9/11 presented in the film were mentioned in Fox’s coverage, the segment made the argument for continuing to ask questions and seeking accountability.

“Seventy percent of the questions that were put together by the family members were not even answered,” estimates Statz in one of several brief interview responses where the report manages to cover some important issues. Airtime was also given to Nowosielski’s observation that as a result of the official investigation of 9/11, “No one has been fired. In fact, many people have been promoted after 9/11.”

In his conclusion, reporter Rob Olsen commendably gives voice to the opinion that, “[W]e should just keep asking questions and finding out really if there are people who still to this day should be held accountable for what happened six years ago.”

Full Transcript

In the segment Jeff Passolt and Robyn Robinson in studio introduce Rob Olson:

Passolt:
We talked about it a little earlier, you know, the flags whipping in the wind, looking majestic at half staff.

Robinson:
Governor pawlenty made the order in honor of Patriot Day, calling the U.S. the ‘Greatest nation on earth’, and tonight, a musical tribute to the victims of 9/11.

Passolt:
Fox 9’s Rob Olson joining us live now at Lake Harriet and I’m guessing we can hear you this time, Rob.

Olson:
Yeah we can, you know a uh, a bad microphone cable may make you mad on other nights, but I tell you what, and tonight in the context of the event that we’re covering it really kinda puts it in perspective. We’ll take a bad microphone cable any night it is no big deal compared to of course what we’re talking about—nine-eleven.

Cleaning up here at Lake Harriet, one of two events we covered tonight. Two sides of the 9/11 coin—in one instance a group who says we should never forget what happened, and another group who says we should never forget to ask questions about what happened.

Concert Attendee 1:
“It gets bigger every year.”

Olson:
On a crisp night,

Concert Attendee 2:
“This is terrific. it’s, it’s really good.”

Olson:
Raw emotions and for another year a huge Harriet Bandshell crowd, whether watching or participating in this memorial concert,

Concert Attendee 3:
“I’m playing hookey from another rehersal to be here tonight”

Olson:
…proof that 9/11 even on it’s sixth anniversary is worth taking the evening out to honor and remember those lost.

Concert Attendee 3:
“This is my birthday, so this is the way I prefer to spend it.”

Olson:
In another part of mpls another huge crowd, another way to honor 9/11—this time by questioning it.

The clip, “I lost my husband John Casazza on…” (audio fades out), featuring Jersey Girls activist Patty Casazza is shown.

Olson:
A packed house at Riverview Theater to see the film Press for Truth which traces how 9/11 may have been prevented.

Nowosielski (unattributed):
No one has been fired. In fact, many people have been promoted after 9/11.

Olson:
How some 9/11 family members who pushed for the official investigation were only been disappointed by it.

Statz:
Well, there’s seventy percent of the questions that were put together by the family members were not even answered or just minimally answered.

Duffey:
To actually think about what happened, to actually explore what happened, to actually want to know more about what happened, is actually honoring it more than just being like, ‘great, a memorial, we’re done’, you know.

Olson:
But to those many who turned out to this memorial tonight, of course, it is much, much more than just a ‘one night and we’re done.’

A lot of those people, by the way, that showed up to watch that film tonight, many of them say that, uh, you know there are a lot of people who get into conspiracy theories
there are many who say though that we should just keep asking questions and finding out really if there are people who still to this day should be held accountable for what happened six years ago.

Live at Lake Harriet, Rob Olson, Fox 9 News.


 

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