Under pressure from journalists, who were able to view his documentary before its broadcast, the American director decided to review the copy of the last episode devoted to the tragedy that struck the United States in 2001.
American director Spike Lee “re-edit final episode of 9/11 documentary for HBO that includes interviews with conspiracy theory supporters“, He announced Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
The final episode in this eight-hour series – which focuses on the impact of al-Qaida attacks and the Covid-19 pandemic on New York City – includes interviews with a group promoting a theory, unfounded and repeatedly refuted, according to which the Twin Towers were destroyed by means of a controlled demolition, and not by the hijacked planes in order to destroy by crashing into the buildings targeted by the terrorists, and in particular the World Trade Center.
The director, chairman of the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, faced heavy criticism for including the interviews after HBO allowed some journalists to preview the series. The last episode is to be broadcast on American television on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks. “I’m back in the editing room, reviewing the eighth and final chapter of NYC Epicenters 9/11 / … 2021½. I respectfully request that you reserve your judgment until you see the final versionSpike Lee wrote in a note to the HBO site.
Conspiracy theories “a thousand times refuted“
The episode also includes interviews with scientists who refute these claims, but according to his detractors, Spike Lee gave too much airtime, in his first cut, to the proponents of conspiracy speculation. Spike Lee “spends 30 minutes at the very end of the series re-enacting arguments that have been refuted thousands of times“, Said journalist Jeremy Stahl in the magazine Slate.
Jeremy Stahl previously interviewed Richard Gage, the lead member of the conspiratorial group that appears in Spike Lee’s documentary. The journalist then did not hesitate to denounce the postures of Richard Gage: “ He is responsible for spreading some of the most pernicious and persistent lies about the 9/11 attacks.“
The final episode of Spike Lee’s documentary film “It was a bit like presenting skeptics of the anti-Covid vaccine alongside (scientist) Anthony Fauci, or Holocaust deniers alongside the Simon Wiesenthal center, or a clique of climate skeptics alongside the authors of the UN report of the IPCCJeremy Stahl concluded bitterly.
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