Fox takes heat from left and right over analysts
December 1st, 2010
01:37 PM ET
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Fox takes heat from left and right over analysts

(CNN) – It's rare that two media watchdogs – one on the left and one on the right – ever agree when it comes to assessing coverage on the cable news outlets.

But both the conservative Newsbusters and liberal Media Matters are aiming fire at Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and Judge Andrew Napolitano for recently suggesting the third building to fall on September 11, 2001 – 7 World Trade Center- may have collapsed for reasons beside the widely held belief that fire from the two World Trade Center towers nearby was the ultimate cause.

In a segment that aired on his program more than two weeks ago, Rivera reported on those who claim the building's collapse was more consistent with that which would occur from explosive devices.

"I'm certainly much more open-minded about it than I was," Rivera said of the alternate possibility for the building's fall.

Days later Napolitano – a legal analyst for Fox – said of the theory:

"It's hard for me to believe that [7 World Trade Center] came down by itself. I was gratified to see Geraldo Rivera investigating it. I'm gratified to see the people across the border interested.

"I think 20 years from now, people will look at 9/11 the way they look at the assassination of JFK today," he added, in an interview with radio host Alex Jones. "It couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us."

In a post on its Web site Tuesday, Newsbusters said the suggestion lacked any common sense and amounted to "moral repugnance."

"Just so Fox is clear about the people whom they've given soapboxes, Geraldo and the Judge are apparently unconvinced by physics, common sense, and the simple human decency of their elected officials," wrote Newsbuster's Lachlan Markay.

Meanwhile, Media Matters Eric Hananoki wrote: "Napolitano's belief in 9-11 conspiracy theories may make things awkward with his Fox News colleagues – especially Glenn Beck - who have denounced 9-11 conspiracy theories and those associating themselves with anyone making them."

A federal report in 2008 determined fires at the World Trade Center site ultimately spread to 7 World Trade Center and weakened critical floor beams and structural columns of the nearly-50 story building, leading to its collapse. The building– which housed offices of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Secret Service and the Giuliani administration's emergency response center - was completely evacuated at the time of its collapse.

Fox News did not respond to CNN's request for comment.


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  1. betterdays

    Maybe that was where they moved the dynamite that used to be in Al Capone's vault.

    December 1, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Ho Hum – More FOX Lies – nothing new.

    December 1, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Marcus

    I have 3 words for anyone considering listening to Geraldo: "Al Capon's Vaults".

    December 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    Rumors has it that the plane was shot down in PA also!!! Even if that was TRUE, so what!

    "I think 20 years from now, people will look at 9/11 the way they look at the assassination of JFK today,"

    Okay, and the only reason why this is done is because people have doubts...........It's the American WAY and it's not going AWAY!!!

    December 1, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Marcus

    I have 3 words for anyone considering listening to Geraldo: "Al Capone's Vaults".

    December 1, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Did they find all of the stuff that was missing from Al Capone's vault in the rubble? Have a nice day!

    December 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    Let's think logically for just a minute Geraldo and Judge! IF (for sake of argument) No. 7 was brought down by an explosive device, then wouldn't the responsible parties set this off SOONER, such that it could have caused much more death and meyham? Why wait until it was completely evacuated? And with everyone watching Ground Zero at that time, wouldn't someone (like EVERYONE) noticed a large BOOM before it went down, along with lots of explosive residue? (Ever watched Forensic Files?). There woudl have been LOTS of "explosive" evidence. Was everyone also in the cover up? Just sayin...

    December 1, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. Peter s

    Ask him where he got the news or what made him think so? or did he witness it?

    December 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Cedar Rapids

    'Geraldo and the Judge are apparently unconvinced by physics, common sense, and the simple human decency of their elected officials'
    Well be fair, not being convinced by the human decency of elected officials is very easy to do.

    December 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. ST

    Slowly am starting losing faith in Judge Napolitano. Not only on this issue he seems to be an exceptional, I have heard him also on Fox news interviewed by Allan vigorously defending The Wiki Leak man Julian Assange! What a shame!

    December 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Realistic

    This coming from Fox is a suprise, how?

    December 1, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Trevor

    I am impressed they wrote "Fox News did not respond to CNN's request for comment." instead of "Fox News did not immediately respond....." Very Impressed.

    December 1, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. BestProfitBusiness = WAR

    Fire spread to Building 7? How can a fire spread accross cement? Until we get real answers for 9/11 (declassified documents) their will always be doubt on "WHAT REALLY HAPPEN ON 9/11"

    December 1, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. Marcus

    Everybody makes theories about anything that he or she wants to but, usually, when he or she is faced against some data (factual, reliable and which doesn't offends the human intelligence and common sense) that proves his/her beliefs to be wrong he/she stops with the theories. Normal and sane people does that.
    Rivera and Napolitano doesn't.

    PS: Historical fact, one or two days later AFTER Dresden was bombed in February of 1945, one of it most well known buildings (a cathedral) simply collapsed because the heat of the nearby buildings in fire (the cathedral itself did not suffered a fire) had damaged its structure. Depending on the heat produced by the fire in a building, the structure of the nearby buildings can be (and most likely is) damaged by it. But don't bother to tell that to Rivera or Napolitano.

    December 1, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Bill

    Al Capone's "vault". Enough said.

    December 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  16. Former Republican, but never again!

    Stupidity must be contagious!

    December 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  17. doug

    Fox News allows all kinds of different view points to be presented and debated, it is why liberal Democrats despise them so much.

    December 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  18. Max

    Only Fox News would call these squirrels "analysts."

    December 1, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Frank

    Please don't equate physics with the common decency of public officials.
    Such a universe would be uninhabitable.

    December 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. emmie

    Only people who have not done their research think that Building 7 fell by itself. 1373 architects and engineers–independent professionals not paid by the government for the bogus NIST report–have signed on as not believing the official story because it defies physics. Before you spout off about "steel warping and not needing to melt" or "the nearby towers caused Building 7 to come down"–get the facts. ALL SUPPORTS could have had to fail simultaneously for the building to have collapsed in the manner in which it did and FIRE NEVER DOES THAT–the building would have collapsed in a random way, not at free fall. Same with the idea that a portion of building 7 was damaged by a chunk of another building. No way could that cause simultaneous collapse of all columns. NIST admitted fire didn't cause the collapse. Do you realize that? It was controlled demolition!

    December 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. mane

    I don't see this news item worse in any shape or form from the other conspiracy theories that emanate from Fox. Why is this news? Is the world just awakening to what goes on at fox?

    December 1, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Unbelievable...

    So, a Fox News segment "lacked any common sense and amounted to moral repugnance"?

    Par for the course...

    December 1, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Jack

    Well, in today's world all you have to do is throw something out into the media and it suddenly becomes true. Everything is equally valid. There are no untruths. Obama was born in Kenya. Human beings did not evolve. The universe is 5,000 years old. Iraq had WMDs even after two experts said they didn't. Say anything and a lot of people will believe it. Because it was said on TV it must be true.

    December 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Patrick

    I have a hard time believing there is a limit to how far FOX News will stoop when it comes to keeping their gut thinking wacko base hyped up on conspiracy theories. I guess even the conservatives know that some things are too far around the bend. (At least for now. Give them more time and I'm sure they will braver)

    December 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. pkb

    Who cares what they say? FOX News is ridiculous anyway and these two "analysts" are laughable.

    December 1, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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