America is Somehow to Blame: German Public Television on 9/11

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last Sept. 11, German public television ZDF marked the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by broadcasting a prime-time documentary titled “September 11, 2001: What Really Happened.” By enticingly implying a discrepancy between what the film itself repeatedly terms the “official version” of 9/11 and the reality of the events, the mere title already provides obvious grist for the mill of what might best be called “alternative” 9/11 conspiracy-theorizing. While, in the end, the ZDF documentary does not exactly endorse the hypothesis that 9/11 was the product of a U.S. government conspiracy, it does not reject it out of hand either. Indeed, what is so remarkable about the film is precisely that it treats the “government conspiracy” theory as eminently reasonable and hence worthy of serious debate.

See my discussion on World Politics Review here.

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