Den tyske TV-kanalen ZDF valgte å minnes 9/11 på sin egen måte: med et dokumentarprogram med tittelen: «11. september 2001 – hva skjedde egentlig?» Underforstått: Vi kjenner ikke alle svarene.
Henryk Broder finner det utrolig at en offentlig finansiert kanal kan sende et slikt program, og det på årsdagen.
Kanalen hadde på forhånd propagandert for programmet:
Some might say the documentary was relatively harmless compared with the wildest conspiracy theories that have been circulating since the attacks, such as the one claiming that 4,000 Jewish New Yorkers who worked at the World Trade Center didn’t show up for work on Sept. 11. But if we hold a documentary up to a different standard, the ZDF broadcast was relatively malicious, misleading and, most of all, deceptive from beginning to end. On its Web site, the network claimed: «ZDF research bears out accusations against authorities.» The facts behind the documentary were supposedly provided by «well-known skeptics, experts and eyewitnesses to the attacks.» ZDF also claimed that it would contain «never before published documents and footage.»
The network trumpeted the documentary at full volume. But in reality, the «never before seen footage» consisted of a few close-ups from the engineering rooms of the Twin Towers, which could have just as easily been shot in ZDF’s furnace room. The «well-known skeptics» were the usual suspects who have long been performing their acrobatics in the 9/11 circus. One was a former chairman of a local chapter of the German Social Democratic Party. He served as Minister of Research and Technology under former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and has spent the last 25 years publicizing his revelations about the practices of intelligence agencies. Another one of ZDF’s competent experts was a 23-year-old American who produced a «documentary» on his laptop that became a hit on the Internet and will soon be released as a film.
ZDF wants conspiracy buffs to have their say. Was it Osama, the arms lobby, President Bush or US authorities behind the Sept. 11 attacks?