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. Yolanda

    I'll believe whatever Keith Olberman and Rachael Madcow say is the truth.

    December 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. ConsDemo

    Its about time there was some pushback on these America-hating conspiracy theorists. Their so-called "evidence" is all bullcrap and they engage in vicious slander.

    December 1, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Jason

    Their enittled to their opinion. There really are facts supporting both sides of the arguement over the fire being sooo hott that the buidling collapsed, and the other argument from scientist and specialized metal experts who say the building was made of a certain metal to withstand the temperatures from Jetfuel and it would take more heat by the way of an explosion to bringg the building down which people have reported to hear in the area on 9/11

    December 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. kds562

    They have learned how to gain exposure and wealth from their associate and female Faux contributor; say idiotic things, create controversy and your name will be everywhere.

    December 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Squiggs

    Faaux news at its best. Where else would a guy who used to have a show where he physically fought the guest would end up?

    December 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. What if?

    Fire can't melt steel, can it? So maybe there is more to this story than the paid-off media would like us to believe. It's not unpatriotic to ask questions, it's unpatriotic to believe whatever you're told.

    December 1, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Ellen

    America has become the land of nutcases.

    December 1, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Gerald King (aka Geraldo Rivera) has always been a little nuts. He's been banned by Fox before.
    Napolitano seems to be jumping off the deep end lately. Even O'Reilly took him to task for believing this Somali wannabe terrorist in Oregon should be acquitted, accusing the government of entrapment.

    December 1, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Bill

    Typical anger baiting non-news involving media sleaze-ebrities. What caught my eye was the dreadful grammar in the article. For example:

    "...may have collapsed for reasons beside the widely held belief that fire from the two World Trade Center towers nearby was the ultimate cause."

    December 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Fox News is no better than the worst entertainment tabloids found on supermarket checkout stands. What next, UFOs?

    December 1, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Don't Be A Sucker

    Wake up folks

    Random fires don't cause "Symetrical" collapses

    go to u-tube and watch old videos of the WTC being built, look at the insane amount of concrete and steel used in the interior of the construction...Then to officlal 'story' becomes just that...A Fairy Tale

    December 1, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Don

    So now Fox News is getting into conspiracy theories. (Okay, more into conspiracy theories.) I wonder how long until they start talking about how UFOs landed at Roswell.

    December 1, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Tam

    Two intellectual giants

    December 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  14. jack

    Its just Fox being Fox. Why would anyone expect anything else?

    December 1, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. jake

    Fox news is a joke and so are the mindless republickers who host those pathetic shows. Fox news should give it up, the national enquirer needs no more competition.

    December 1, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. john

    This is such a poor news report. If you're going to state that building 7 came down using explosives atleast say why you think it did so.

    There's no reason givern at all in this news report.

    December 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. hillcrester

    Maybe it was the same guys who looted Al Capone's tomb–ask Geraldo! The guy is a panderer to all kinds of media publicity. As for Faux News . . .

    December 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. LGNY

    It's the Fox News Formula:

    1. Facts don't matter, so long as it has a snappy headline.
    2. Everything is a giant government conspiracy.
    3. It's always Obama and the liberal establishment at the base of the evil.
    4. Shout it with enough passion so that people believe you must be right.
    5. Any criticism is proof of the liberal media bias against truth.
    6. If proven wrong, don't apologize, just move on to the next hot story.

    All the fox faces - including Palin - follow the same formula.

    December 1, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. Peter s

    Even the Nazi propaganda! mill machine is ashamed by one of its own!! whose next the oncoming blind history professor!!. Hey Prof beck when will the blindness kick in? I'm still waiting and counting!!

    December 1, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Bill

    It is plain to see where Geraldo is headed. I recall him drawing pictures in the sand to point out the location and movement of our troops to the enemy in Iraq. He like obama ii the enemy. I have no knowledge of judge Napolitono, but his twisted logic should disqualify him for the bench. But, that is the type Democrats attempt to stack the bench with.

    December 1, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  21. No More

    Newbuster and Media Matter, leftwing media – 'nuff said.

    December 1, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Dave

    Finally people are wising up to the fall of this building and the attack dogs want to silence it!!

    December 1, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Me

    I believe it was the Discovery channel along with Newsweek, that had an excellent 2 hr show debunking the conspiracies behind 9-11. Bottom line, terrorsits hijacked planes and flew them into buildings. That's it.

    December 1, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. CaliforniaBC

    It's funny how these two opinion people are saying how THEY don't believe. Do they have engineering degrees? Do they have experience in structural architecture? What are they basing these beliefs on?? How are they qualified to make such assessments? Like much of the fox entertainment's staff/hosts they are NOT qualified to make the assessments they come to 99% of the time.

    December 1, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Dale

    Yet another loony conspiracy theory... Which reminds me.. did you hear that Marilyn Monroe (a secret CIA agent) was behind the plot to put birth announcements in Hawaii newspapers when Obama was born so he could become president 47 years later even though he was born in Kenya (and a closet muslim).

    December 1, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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