Saturday, September 8, 2007

Greg Palast Apologizes To Steven Jones For Defamatory Remarks

"Investigative journalist" Greg Palast, who called Dr. Steven Jones [photo] "a fruitcake" and "a complete and utter fraud", has apologized to Dr. Jones in an exchange of emails, as published in the Letters department at the Journal of 9/11 Studies.

Palast made the unwarranted remarks on May 10, 2007, during an interview with Lenny Charles of INN.

Jones subsequently challenged Palast to defend his words, and Palast backed down, but not before trying to play an anti-Semitism card. Jones' deft dismissal of this despicable ploy left Palast no option but to retract his defamatory remarks and apologize for them.

But he couldn't go gently or quietly. Instead, he threw out this little gem:
I am quite disturbed that commentary on the September 11, 2001 attack has become so poisoned; and as a result, reasoned discourse is just impossible.
Coming from a man who has done more than his share to poison the commentary while contributing nothing to the research, this statement is entirely laughable, in my estimation.

I commend Dr. Jones for handling the issue in a far better way than I might have.

You can read the exchange of emails here (PDF).

More to the point, please read Dr. Jones' peer-reviewed papers (also PDF):

September, 2006:
Why Indeed Did The WTC Buildings Completely Collapse?

April, 2007:
Revisiting 9/11/2001 -- Applying The Scientific Method