What? More conspiracy nonsense making the rounds? I’m shocked! No I’m not. I’m tired of this s**t and that’s exactly what it is. It’s making people paranoid and STUPID.
It’s 2:18 long, and it makes basically one claim: that a video of the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center’s south tower shows the plane passing a building that, says the voice on the video, is “clearly behind the south tower.” Yet the plane’s wing disappears behind the building. According to the person who made the video, this is indisputable evidence of a “layering CGI glitch” (note the technical language), and thus the whole thing is obviously a hoax, something, something government control, media conspiracy, blah blah blah.
The video was originally posted May 27. When last I checked, it had more than 2.5 million hits.
Howard Lewis at Skeptical Review tips us off about the skeptical reviews (appropriately enough) by Mike Hall (Skeptics with a K podcast) and Steven Novella (Skeptics Guide to the Universe, his blog on it here).
Mike Hall does a bang up job of investigating and debunking the video. Hall comes to this conclusion based upon a reasonable investigation of available evidence, and he explains how he did it.
Tim Farley posted on his SkepTools blog about it.
A number of skeptics including Steve Novella took a stab at this footage, most getting only part of the debunk correct. But Mike manages to completely destroy the video, using the 3D features of Apple maps and his knowledge of how digital video encoding tools work.
I love this. I love that people who KNEW this was nonsense but not just declare it; they were able to show conclusively that it indeed was. There was bunkum to be debunked. There are now several places (and another, here) that refute the authenticity of that conspiracy idea that people can find if they want to inquire. This is what we need: people working together, showing how it can be done. Some of us to science stuff, some do legal stuff, some do video and music stuff, some do literature stuff, some do medical stuff. Together we have true expertise that trounced the yahoos promoting misinformation. I don’t care if you call us shills. You are threatened by sound explanations that don’t support your fantasy.
We need to be the rational voice. Because no one else will be.