Saturday, February 13th, 2010
At the risk of sounding immodest, Jonathan Kay is writing his Harper Collins book because of me. He tried taking on 9/11 Truthers back in ’08 and I eviscerated him in an email. Well he showed up for some “field research” back in September and he didn’t seem interested in talking to anyone or seeing anything at all. He seemed more concerned with checking Facebook on his Blackberry and taking phone calls from his wife.
Point is, the guy’s a douche and I called him out on it. I wrote this (see below) to him after he Facebook messaged me asking about my impressions of the WeAreChange conference in 9/11/09. Feel free to use it if you like. And I would be happy to reappear on Alex’s show to talk about this guy and his book.
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Hemingway and Orwell fought in the Spanish Civil War, but Jonathan Kay couldn’t handle an afternoon in the rain.
He’s writing a book titled “Among The Truthers: Alternate Theories of 9/11, And The People Who Believe Them,” but couldn’t sit through their speeches. Didn’t really do any interviews. Came to Manhattan for the eighth anniversary and didn’t talk to Luke Rudkowski, founder of WeAreChange, a 23 year-old from Brooklyn who more than anyone else in the world is famous solely as a 9/11 Truther. Didn’t talk to Nick, the 25 year-old Temple University sociology grad student who founded Philly 9/11 Truth and received an infamous visit from the Secret Service. Didn’t hear from Craig Fitzgerald, a 14° Scottish Rite Mason. Ditto for WeAreChange co-founder Tom Foti, whose moving speech at One Police Plaza implored the NYPD to hear out the brother or nephew or friend who approaches with 9/11 evidence.
Jonathan Kay never made it to International News Net studios at 56 Walker to find out why they were working with the Truthers, so he didn’t see the speeches and workshops, or the music. Didn’t see the surreal spectacle of video clips of WeAreChange’s best confrontations mixed to dark techno with samples like Luke telling David Rockefeller “You will never have a New World Order,” or take note of the unlikely persons on the dance floor. Didn’t even make it through Richard Gage’s talk, where he announced he’ll be doing a public presentation at the Japanese Diet, and of course he didn’t talk to William Rodriguez, Immortal Technique, Daniel Sunjata, and other prominent Truthers who appeared at the conference. Wasn’t around to be invited to Manny Badillo’s Brooklyn loft. Didn’t talk to Anastasia Churkina, who’s been reporting on the Truth Movement for Russia Today. Nor did he probe into Luke Rudkowski’s employment with them.
Instead, through words and actions, award-winning journalist Jonathan Kay exuded indifference toward and even disdain for his subject, his only expression of excitement arriving when an anti-Semetic angle emerged, though he never dug deep enough to meet Amir of WeAreChange NYC, who might have had much to say about anti-Semitism in the Truth Movement, having been in Air Force Intelligence as a member of the Israeli Defense Forces.
You didn’t get your money’s worth out of this trip, and neither did Harper Collins. You were never Among the Truthers—rather you acted as though their ideas were a contagion from which you could stay immune only so long as you stayed in your ivory tower. Where, apparently, the kitchen serves Wendy’s bacon cheeseburgers and McDonald’s.
Mr. Kay, your 9-to-5 style of mousepad journalism disappoints me. Let’s hope your manuscript doesn’t too.
This article was posted: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 5:11 am