Collin Peterson Discusses his 9/11 Remark and Conspiracists Who “Hijack public forums”

By libertyfight

Politico pubished an article titled GOP headache: The birther issue in which 9/11 ‘conspiracy theories’ were discounted by elected reps and GOP pundits.
The article is about Obama’s birth certificate, or lack thereof, but noteworthy in the article is the establishment’s (both republican and democrat’s) admitted fear of real unmoderated discourse as well as their fear of potentially mass internet communication and videocameras.

Out-party politicians have long had to deal with conspiracy theorists on their side — the people who think that the Clintons killed Vince Foster or that the Bush administration helped orchestrate the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Twenty-five percent of my people believe the Pentagon and Rumsfeld were responsible for taking the twin towers down,” said Rep. Collin Peterson, a Democrat who represents a conservative Republican district in Minnesota. “That’s why I don’t do town meetings.” But the birther phenomenon may present a bigger challenge — a potent blend of race and politics, fueled by conservative TV and radio pundits, and played out in a day when all that stands between a town hall meeting and Web omnipresence is a $100 flip cam.

Republican pollster Whit Ayers says that a member confronted with birther questions should immediately pivot the conversation back to big issues.
“You simply indicate that in a country where our fiscal policy is driving us toward bankruptcy, where we are wrestling with major issues of health care reform and fighting two wars for our safety, you don’t have time to deal with wild conspiracy theories,” he says.

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