Coast to Coast “pulls it” after Dr. Kevin Barrrett query

Coast to Coast cancels conspiracy show at the last minute after Dr. Kevin Barrrett requests fair time to respond

By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
August 2, 2013

 

People who don’t like “conspiracy theories” have hostile tendencies, according to the latest psychological research

Coast to Coast AM, the internationally syndicated radio show and top late night ratings winner, has inexplicably “pulled it”- they cancelled an announced and publicized scheduled radio interview with conspiracy skeptic Dr. Michael J. Wood after Dr. Kevin Barrett asked for a chance to respond. It’s important to note that Dr. Wood, a defender of the establishment line, was specifically invited on the program to discuss Dr. Barrett’s article,  noted in the Coast to Coast announcement [screenshot below.]. The coast to coast announcement stated

“First Hour: A story by Kevin Barrett on PressTV.ir has interprted a study as showing that conspiracists are “more sane” than conventionalists. However, that’s not correct according to one of the study’s authors, Mike Wood, from the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., who joins George Knapp to discuss the findings of his research. Further guest info, TBA.”

But when Dr. Barrett contacted Coast to Coast requesting an opportunity to respond, Coast to Coast scrapped the entire program and instead ran a segment on whales and dolphins at the last minute! It’s also noteworthy that Coast to Coast, while referring to Barrett’s article on their website, neglected to even link to it.

On July 27, Barrett noted that Coast to Coast cancelled the scheduled show, which had been slated for July 28th:

Conspiracy Theorists OK: Government Dupes Clueless, Humorless: “Coast to Coast Radio just canceled its plans to broadcast a show tonight on my widely-read Press TV article on research suggesting that “conspiracy theorists” are saner than government dupes. Note that they did not even link my article!!! Apparently they had planned to give Michael Wood, the author of one of the studies I cited, a platform to attack my article – while refusing to even link the article, much less invite me on the air to defend it. When I protested, and asked that they allow me to defend my article, Coast to Coast decided to pull the show. They replaced it with a show on cetaceans. You don’t have to be a “paranoid conspiracy theorist” to wonder why Coast to Coast is so averse to giving me a fair hearing. Below is my new article rebutting Wood’s attack on my Press TV piece. -KB”

LibertyFight.com sent an inquiry to Dr. Michael Wood asking about this matter:
“Dr. Wood, Do you have any comment on why Coast to Coast yanked your scheduled and announced interview at the last minute, only after Barrett requested a fair time to respond? Given the fact that this all started from Barrett’s article, why do you think they refused his offer of response or direct debate with you? Any theories on why they refused to link to the actual article which is the point of discussion? Additionally, would you be willing to debate Barrett directly on an hour-long live radio program?”

Dr. Wood responded:

 

Dear Mr. Hill-Thanks for the inquiry. I don’t think it’s accurate to say that “this all started from Barrett’s article;” it started with my research, which C2C happened to find out about through Barrett’s article. When they first contacted me, they had read Barrett’s article and assumed that it was an accurate representation of the study, and wanted to have me on to talk about my research. When I told them that the article was inaccurate they said that was interesting in itself and wanted to talk further about what we’d found and how it lined up with the way it was portrayed in the alternative media. Controversy sells, I suppose, which is probably why they included a reference to the whole business in the show description.

When C2C called me to let me know that I’d been bumped in favour of the whale and dolphin show on the 29th, the producer said that they were just really excited to have the whale and dolphin people on ASAP so my interview had been pushed back a few weeks. They didn’t say anything about Barrett, in fact until I read the article you linked I had no idea he’d contacted them at all.

Anyway, any interview about the study in question would involve addressing some of the media misrepresentations of it – it’s part of publishing research that’s in the public interest. It’s not accurate to say that the show would be a “platform to attack [Barrett’s] article” except in the sense that discussing the details of my own research is at odds with his own interpretation of it. What debate there was has been pretty much hashed out in our various blog posts and articles at this point, so I don’t think a radio show debate would be necessary or constructive. Barrett’s either a poor journalist, a troll, or both, and in any case he’s not automatically entitled to a platform to debate everyone he misrepresents whenever they try to discuss their own work.

Best,

Michael Wood

Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, author and radio host, once noted that he “got witch-hunted out of the University of Wisconsin for researching and speaking out on controversial subjects like 9/11 and Palestine.” He has been has been featured in the New York Times, FOX news and many other outlets. His website is truthjihad.com and he has a daily radio show. Archives can be found here. He also writes for Veterans Today.

The recent controversy all started when Dr. Kevin Barrett published an article on Press TV titled New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile. In it, Barrett stated, in part, “But now, thanks to the internet, people who doubt official stories are no longer excluded from public conversation; the CIA’s 44-year-old campaign to stifle debate using the ‘conspiracy theory’ smear is nearly worn-out. In academic studies, as in comments on news articles, pro-conspiracy voices are now more numerous – and more rational – than anti-conspiracy ones. No wonder the anti-conspiracy people are sounding more and more like a bunch of hostile, paranoid cranks.” Barrett’s article was referring to Woood’s new study “What about Building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories. Note that Dr. Wood’s blog entry initially announcing and linking to his new study had only generated one single response, from a reader named John asking where the link for the report was. This testifies to the fact that mainstream apologists, whether they like it or not, do not generate the interest, publicity and discussion that the alternative media does. The only reason that this study got any attention at all is because Barrett made a issue out of it.

Wood’s blog dated July 10th where he made the announcement of his new study, along with the lone comment and Wood’s reply, is here: [Excerpt]

What does online discussion tell us about the psychology of conspiracy theories?
http://conspiracypsych.com/2013/07/10/what-does-online-discussion-tell-us-about-the-psychology-of-conspiracy-theories/

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Mike Wood
I’ve just had a new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology along with Karen Douglas, my co-author and PhD supervisor. Frontiers is an open-access journal, meaning that anyone can read the full text for free, so if you’re interested go ahead and check it out.
“What about Building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories

On July 13th Dr. Wood posted an update noting the publicity which his study garnered, thanks to Barrett, in which he rebutts Barrett’s claims [Excerpts]:

Setting the record straight on Wood & Douglas, 2013

Posted on July 13, 2013 by Mike Wood
“…Our recently published Frontiers study on online communication, “What about Building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories, has been the subject of some chatter on the Internet – but not quite in the way I had hoped. A story by Kevin Barrett on PressTV.ir has interpreted the study as showing that conspiracists are “more sane” than conventionalists, and, given that this is an appealing headline for long-suffering conspiracists, has been copy-pasted around the Internet in a highly uncritical fashion.”…..Anyway, the damage seems to have been done – the PressTV article has been reprinted on a lot of different websites, forums, and social media thanks to its sensationalised headline and smug triumphalism. I’m ambivalent about this – I like that my research is being recognised since I am inherently a media whore, but I’m less happy about the fact that it’s only seeing wide exposure after having been twisted and misinterpreted by an extremely biased article on Iranian state-run media. Still, the http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/01/18/1948550611434786.abstract”>last article that we published was met with headlines like “Psychologists prove conspiracy theorists are all crazy!” (there’s no room for nuance on the Internet, is there?) so I suppose it all balances out. I just hope that some people will read the paper itself rather than taking PressTV’s word for what it says.”

On July 28th Wood continues to write about his study and the Barrett controversy:

The Wood & Douglas (2013) commission report: Whitewash or coverup?
Posted on July 28, 2013 by Mike Wood

“As I write this the fuss about our Frontiers article, “What about Building 7?” A social psychological study of online discussion of 9/11 conspiracy theories, has mostly died down, so now seems like a good time to do a bit of a postmortem and take a look at some of the issues that have come up since the whole ruckus kicked off with Kevin Barrett’s awful PressTV article and its infinite copy-pastes around the blogspamosphere.”

Wood noted that he had been interviewed on two radio shows regarding the matter: Google Hangouts interview with the Renegade Variety Hour, and Legalise Freedom [MP3 here.] Wood then goes on to use the cynical demeaning ad hominem type smears regarding ‘conspiracy theorists,’ referring to ominous 3AM phone calls and blinking out Morse Code with his eyes:

“…Third, well, at least he’s not claiming I got a 3AM call from George Soros demanding that I go back on my findings. There’s no profit motive here, because any future employers would probably not take their cues from smear job articles on Iranian state media. I just don’t like people abusing my work to spread self-serving misinformation…”  “…The one thing Barrett got mostly right, and which he’s still going on about, was the hostility finding: we did find that conventionalist comments were more hostile on average than conspiracist comments. Some people have looked at this finding and concluded that it constitutes evidence that conspiracists really are more mentally well-adjusted than conventionalists, that the rest of Barrett’s misrepresentations don’t really matter, and, for good measure, that They Got To Me (if you look closely, during the Renegade Variety Hour interview you can see that I’m blinking out SOS in Morse Code with my eyes)…”

Apparently Dr. Wood has been a guest on Coast to Coast am previously, as they still have a guest bio page up for him here.

Art Bell, longtime host of Coast to Coast, recently announced that he is going back on air soon. Bell, although he has a large fan base, is another shill and alleged pervert, who won’t touch the truth about 9/11/01.

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22 Responses to "Coast to Coast “pulls it” after Dr. Kevin Barrrett query"

  1. nofolalo  August 20, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Listen, Prof. Wood wouldn’t be the “Fellow” he is in Crown Academia, unless he was ‘kosher’.

    So, I see an opportunist, writing a finding to be taken as ‘tongue in cheek’ sarcasm, unless it garnered him shekels; in which case, The Tribe would surely understand.

    No way he, or Coast To Coast was going to help sow seeds of truth. Yet he’ll feign innocence, if not victim status.

  2. kattmanduu  August 5, 2013 at 12:10 am

    News Corp bought up many of the alternative media sources as they could, “controlled opposition” is what that is called. They allow just “so much” opposition to their mainstream sources. It looks better to keep them open but “controlled” than to buy up all the other side and then close it down, all that does is cause more folks to get together and make another independent source that will be a thorn in their side so this way there appears to be an opposing voice when in reality it’s the same guy talking out of both ends. In turn that keep the opposition divided easier to control or deal with. I don’t like one way communications, they are just blowing smoke up our asses and we have to pay to comment back, that is a greedy corporate media trap, that is why I don’t pay attention to C2C or any of the slimestream media, it’s all data dumps to brainwash the masses. Yup, just like us on facebook and we will like you back.LOL!!! Is there a dislike button so you hate someone too.

    • Snoopy  August 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I have a rule of thumb that screens disinfomercial programs from genuine issue independent investigative roundtables. Maybe it’s not an all-out conclusive litmus test, use it in conjunction with other observed traits & hidden associations: does the Skype connection work 100% of the time, or does Skype seem to go bonkers with artifact, static, and dropped connections when certain guest/issues are on the burner. I know for a fact Barrett’s program, along with others on the truth networks, have suffered severe Skype failures in the past. That’s never the case with Alex Jones, Norry, and corporate news outlets. These outages increased tremendously after Microsoft bought the rights to Skype.

  3. Snoopy  August 4, 2013 at 4:59 am

    One more indulgence. Dr. Barrett and others might like how this one closes. On the morning of March 19, 2011 as the bombs started raining down on Lybia I managed to get on the air with local talk radio 55 KTSA. Good ol’ boy neocon motor mouth Trey Ware was doing his best parking-lot-em/rumors of Kadaffi terrorist in the US fearmongering. I countered: Kadaffi gave up his WMDs immediately after 9/11, played ball with the western powers, does not threaten his neighbors, no terror programs, Lybia’s standard of living highest in N. Africa, he’ popular, etc. Ware kept talking over me with the “unnamed source says terrorism imminent” baloney. I then said LOOK I SERVED IN THE USMC during Reagan’s skirmishes with Kadaffi BUT TODAY THERE’S NO LEGITIMATE REASON FOR BOMBING LYBIA. IT’S TIME WE STOP THESE WARS BASED ON LIES! The “for or against bombing Lybia” call-in poll that opened during my call: 100% against! The female giving the result was astonished! That is the power of real talk radio.

  4. Snoopy  August 4, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Oh, and the wiki page does not name Coast to Coast AM’s parent company. It’s a well guarded secret, evan a keywork search on a popular private search engine didn’t display a match on the first page.

    C2C is owned by NewsCorp

    I wonder why they don’t want the listeners to know???

    🙂

    One final note – it’s rumored paid actors and professional “friends of the show” are scheduled for key issue but are received as spontaneous callers to major talk radio programs. Is it just me or has dishonesty become a national institution?

  5. Snoopy  August 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Years ago when I used to listen to C2C I recall Norry abruptly cut off a guest who’s train of thought wantering into what may be described as a sensitive area. Not a caller mind you, a guest, and on more than one ocassion. And when I say cut off I mean by trampling right over the guest in mid-speech and going to a commercial or firing off a question clearly intended to steer the conversation away from the forbidden subject matter. It was quite a relevation. This was on or about the 2008 banking crisis, at this time I cannot name the exact parties Norry (or his handlers) were protecting, a financial instution and a corporate media outlet IIRC. If you look at C2C’s wiki page they acknowledge this behavior “In 2008, Noory volunteered an elaboration of the show’s policy respecting the controversial opinions of regular guests. He explained that, provided there was no element of hostility toward third parties, it was program policy to allow expression of opinion unchallenged.” hostility=criticism?

  6. Cold Wind  August 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    George Noory is a willing CIA/NWO asset. This means he kisses Jewish butt. On the other hand, its sometimes entertaining to listen to his shows about ‘Remote Viewing’, Aliens and UFO’s, Vampires and Werewolves, Angels and Devils. Escapism, I know, but sometimes fun.

  7. captain obvious  August 3, 2013 at 3:51 am

    big WTF (of course!), NINETEEN AAAYRABS ARMED WITH BOX CUTTERS,
    who couldnt fly a cessna, successfully hijacked and crashed airliners into buildings? yeah right.
    he does a “what about building seven” then pulls a nitpick to hipocritically dismiss? no doubt the “official story” is complete crap, a GARBAGE conspiracy theory! oh just “coincidentally” when NORAD was running drills about planes being hijacked, and “magically” unable to stop the (STAGED!) event..

    OBL wasnt being investigated or audited for treasonous economic sabotage, no threat, no incentive.
    if OBL were a “corrupt American hater”, he’d grabbed a bag of popcorn to watch the trials saying “see see I told you so”, not blow up buildings to stop all investigations sending criminals to prison..

    • captain obvious  August 3, 2013 at 4:29 am

      I’ve been online on the side of “inside job” a long time, a lot of em defending the “official story” are very cognitive dissonance brainwashed and foul, trying to discredit anything or anyone rational in defense of one of the worst “conspiracy theories” ever, snake oil handed to em by govt-MSM like its medicine.

      “oh pressTV is those EVIL BIASED IRANIANS”, also says a lot about who his masters are, imho.
      yeah I might be considered “hostile” now, after being called “truthtard”, “paultard”, “crazy”, “stupid” and more for not swallowing the official LIES about what happened on 911 that dont add up at all.. unless you add in the PNAC document goals, psyops, spying, and more related treasons that the duped wouldnt even begin to think about or comprehend, and I wont pity them when they finally get a rude awakening that’ll be deserved.

  8. adeUK  August 3, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Exposure to conspiracy theories can be detrimental for political engagement and environmental campaigns

    New research published (14 January) in the British Journal of Psychology has revealed that exposure to conspiracy theories decreases people’s intentions to engage in politics and to reduce their carbon footprint.

    The research, which was conducted by the University of Kent’s Daniel Jolley and Dr Karen Douglas, both experts on the psychology of conspiracy theories, involved two studies.

    Michael Wood – Supervisor – Dr Karen Douglas – Funding School of Psychology, University of Kent

    • captain obvious  August 3, 2013 at 4:38 am

      lmao thanks! yup, exposure to the real conspiracies shows “politics” completely rigged,
      carbon footprint? how DARE I breathe their polluted air without paying for permission!
      (UK, land of the TV tax police, surveillance everywhere, calling it all “normal”)

  9. adeUK  August 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

    The science of “conspiracism” LOL

    excerpts : Dead and Alive:Beliefs in Contradictory Conspiracy Theories – Michael J. Wood

    It must be noted that not all conspiracy theories fall under the “deceptive officialdom”umbrella. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are a notable and historically important exception;

    In any case, the evidence we have gathered in the present study supports the idea that conspiracism constitutes a monological belief system, drawing its coherence from central beliefs such as the conviction that authorities and officials engage in massive deception of the public to achieve their malevolent goals. Connectivity with this central idea lends support to any individual conspiracy theory, even to the point that mutually contradictory theories fail to show a negative correlation in belief. Believing that Osama bin Laden is still alive is apparently no obstacle to believing that he has been dead for years :ends

    http://www.academia.edu/1207098/Dead_and_alive_Beliefs_in_contradictory_conspiracy_theories

  10. DaveE  August 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Coast to Coast loves whales AND whoppers, apparently. Nice work, KB, ya’ got the bastards nervous.

    • nancybisset  August 3, 2013 at 7:15 am

      I could not agree with this statement more DaveE. Keep it up Dr. Barrett.

  11. Martin Maloney  August 2, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    If Coast-to-Coast wanted to air a whale of a show, they should have gone ahead with both guests.

    What porpoise was served by their not doing so?

    (I’m SO ashamed!)

    • Joe in San Francisco  August 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Punster Martin, you should be ashamed! Lol

  12. paschn  August 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Well folks, Which “shill” “American agency will be the first to take out citizens by the dozens, or hundreds? Which one will pass it off as a “Domestic terrorist” attack? Will it be a militarily armed cop shop? you know, the “heroes” that serve and protect? Will it be a detachment of foreign military, say Canada or Israeli, you know, import the swine then there’ll be no worries about a pang of conscience for shooting their distant relatives? Or have those dual citizen heads of DHS gotten much closer to forming/arming those neo-CHEKA than we first thought? Is it too late to secede en mass and instantly neutralize all those nasty little FED owned, dual citizen run 9/11 perps? Gird your loins folks, it’s gonna get real bad, real fast and it’s going to be done by our own “protectors”.

    • nancybisset  August 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

      In a past VT story, love Richard Cottrell’s purpose given for the DHS. (dept of homeland security) ” The purpose to destroy the American Republic and beat American Citizens down so they can be completely stripped and then mass murdered…” All the so called protective agencies working cleverly together for this common purpose and agenda 21 in full swing. I was blinded until Jan.9, 2009. A rude awakening for me.

      Thanks for great comments here. Power back to the people.

  13. Yehuda_Abraham  August 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    This doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Although George Noory has a lot to be commended for ( he does after all allow Jim Marrs, Judy Wood, and other 911 skeptics on the program), he will never, ever let anyone on the program that Names The Jew.

    For all his good work, Marrs is forever talking about Nazis, never Israeli’s. Judy Wood is always saying “I don’t know” who turned the towers into dust. And Noory permits dozens of guests to get on the air and blame nazis, Germans, Mulsims, and Catholics for everything. But never G_d’s Chosen People.

    I have always wondered what would happen if I ever responded to one of those voice-over bumpers stating “If you have an opposing view, please contact CtoC”. I wonder no longer after Dr Barrett’s experience.

    There’s another great article today at VT talking about this same issue with Alex Jones. If there was any doubt as to who controls the media, wonder no more.

    • CoJonesGrandes  August 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

      I’m with you on Coast-to-coast but I consider George Noory to be one of the cabal. Back in 2010, I wanted to contact Noory to pass on what I considered to be very important info in the hope that he might publicise it. I took up a subscription in order to email him privately. That very night, they attacked my computer to leave a scary message for me to find in the morning. Since then, I’ve always told anyone who would listen that Noory is a cabal agent.

    • nancybisset  August 3, 2013 at 7:32 am

      CoJonesGrandes, and this was a surprise to you? Any host such as Noory, and on the proj cam years ago that I began my journey listening to, I began to see patterns of cleverly steering the guest in the direction the host chose to go and what subjects were no no topics.

      I am a great example of what American’s that have blinders over their eyes, and stoppers in their both ears, have to shaken awake and the challenge my dear friend patient in helping me see what my own country had been up to and that I was being lied to and hoodwinked for all the years on the TV News Media since I had been alive on this earth.

      You see me struggle, focusing, staying on point and rambling. Social engineered to the hilt.

      Thanks for all your wisdom helping me understand how to get at the truth.

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