Each year, students and researchers analyze hundreds of stories submitted by the public. The stories are then provided to a panel of judges, which ranks the top 25 by order of importance. Last year’s panel ranked Jones’ story 18th. The annual results are published by some news organizations, including Illinois Times [see Sarah Phelan, “Ten big stories the media missed,” Sept. 14, 2006]. Phillips believes that Jones’ work warrants the recognition bestowed on it by Project Censored. “It’s a valid news story,” he says. “It deserves to be covered. We cover stories that people don’t like. Our job is to talk about stories that don’t get talked about.”
Jensen, who teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, disagrees. “Based on my evaluation, the general cluster of ideas that tend to get labeled as conspiracy theories around the events of 9/11 are on the face of it implausible,” he says. Jensen also says that there is no indication that Jones’ opinions are being excluded from mainstream coverage because of any political bias. Conspiracy theories in general..."the role of the United States in the world," Jensen says.
Specific to 9/11, Jensen says: “The one thing that we would probably all agree on is that there are unanswered questions.”
Phillips hopes that by providing an outlet for Jones’ theories Project Censored can help spur the creation of a truth commission to further investigate the events of 9/11. “This is a sore spot in American politics,” he says, “that’s not going away.”
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