Yet More "Truther" Quote Abuse

Continuing from my previous article, here is some more evidence of “truther” quote mining.

First, we have the quote from Albert Turi that “truthers” use here:

And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I was looking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction was there was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right around the building blew out.

However, the full quote provided at this site is:

And as my eyes traveled up the building, and I was looking at the south tower, somewhere about halfway up, my initial reaction was there was a secondary explosion, and the entire floor area, a ring right around the building blew out. I later realized that the building had started to collapse already and this was the air being compressed and that is the floor that let go.

This quote from 911myths.com regarding the first two quotes does make a good point:

There might be a case to be made for saying his initial reaction was the correct one, and the second is him trying to fit the official story to what he saw and heard. But if you’re going to make that argument, then we’d say do it in the open, by reporting the witnesses full thoughts and commenting on those. Don’t hide them away.

Next, we have the “truther” version of FDNY Battalion Chief Brian Dixon’s statement here:

…[T]he lowest floor of fire in the south tower actually looked like someone had planted explosives around it because the whole bottom I could see — I could see two sides of it and the other side — it just looked like that floor blew out. I looked up and you could actually see everything blew out on the one floor. I thought, geez, this looks like an explosion up there, it blew out.

This quote from 911myths.com is the actual quote:

I looked up and you could actually see everything blew out on the one floor. I thought, geez, this looks like an explosion up there, it blew out. Then I guess in some sense of time we looked at it and realized, no, actually it just collapsed. That is what blew out the windows, not that there was an explosion there but that windows blew out.

Third, we have this quote from a David Ray Griffin essay provided by 911myths.com:

Craig Carlsen said that he and other firefighters ‘heard explosions coming from…the south tower…There were about ten explosions…We then realized the building started to come down’ (NYT, Carlsen, pp. 5-6).

Here is the FULL quote, provided by 911 myths.com – which put the part Griffin snipped out in bold:

There were about ten explosions. At the time I didn’t realize what it was. We realized later after talking and finding out that it was the floors collapsing to where the plane had hit. We then realized the building started to come down.

Last but not least, 911myths.com gives us this quote from the same David Ray Griffin essay:

Firefighter Joseph Meola said, ‘it looked like the building was blowing out on all four sides. We actually heard the pops.’

Once again, 911myths.com shows the ACTUAL quote with the part Griffin omitted in bold:

As we are looking up at the building, what I saw was, it looked like the building was blowing out on all four sides. We actually heard the pops. Didn’t realize it was the falling – you know, you heard the pops of the building. You thought it was just blowing out.

As you can see, “truthers” are about as honest and reliable as your average tabloid. Hmm, actually I take that back: there’s a difference between the “truthers” and the tabloids – at least the tabloids OCCASIONALLY tell the truth.

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