Veteran actor Ed Asner has walked the red carpet at the premieres of countless Hollywood films, but this time he took the podium to support the producers of a controversial new documentary that challenges the official 9/11 story.
The premiere of "9/11: Explosive Evidence - Experts Speak Out", a film by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth (AE911Truth), took place at the Beverly Hills Music Hall Theatre in Los Angeles, California, as part of a nationwide screening tour that continues through July 11. The group, which consists of 1700 architects and engineers, has called for a new investigation of the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC Building 7.
Actor Ed Asner joins Frances Battaglia, one of the producers of "Experts Speak Out", after the film's premiere.
Dressed in a tux, Asner spoke at the press conference for the event. Even though the film's creators have been ridiculed as conspiracy theorists, Asner pointed out that large-scale deception is not without precedent. "We have been in a long and slow trajectory of government creation of crises," he proclaimed. He then referred to the Spanish-American War, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the Iraq War as conflicts that were based on false information.
Ticketholders begin to line up prior to the premiere of "9/11: Explosive Evidence -Experts Speak Out" in Beverly Hills.
Actor Ed Asner and Laura Katelman, Assistant to the Director, head towards the red carpet at the premiere of "Experts Speak Out".
During Asner's speech, he also questioned the integrity of the corporate media when it comes to reporting on such contentious subjects. "I know that no matter how many journalists may be out there who want to write that story... that they'll always have that editor, a whole panoply of editors, and their publisher, and the advertisers, and the whole vigilante crowd waiting to devour them," he stated, "and they'll never write another story again."
Best known for his Emmy-winning role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Asner as starred in over 275 films and TV shows, and hasn't slowed down at the age of 83. Even though some attendees were undoubtedly surprised to see such a prolific actor advocate this provocative documentary, this is apparently not the first time he has supported the film's creators; in 2011, he narrated the youtube hit "Architects and Engineers: Solving the Mystery of Building 7", which focuses on the fall of WTC Building 7.
The director of "Experts Speak Out", architect Richard Gage, AIA, also lambasted the media for not covering the evidence presented in the film, which includes testimony by architects, structural engineers, physicists and chemists. Several family members of 9/11 victims also appeared in the documentary, and were joined by psychologists who described the "cognitive dissonance" that they believe makes alternative 9/11 theories difficult to acknowledge.
Director Richard Gage, AIA, addresses the press at the premiere of "Experts Speak Out".
A variety of media sources, including Popular Mechanics, BBC and the History Channel, have dismissed the assertions of AE911Truth and presented their own arguments in favor of the theory that jet fuel and office fires were the primary factor in the WTC skyscrapers' collapse. Asner referred to these groups and their followers as "bobbleheads" who supporters of AE911Truth must endure in order to get their message out ot the public.
Dressed in his tux, Ed Asner walks to the premiere of "Experts Speak Out".
Apparently, Asner is not the only respected public figure to call for a new 9/11 investigation. Civil rights icon Dick Gregory declared his support for AE911Truth in 2010, and former Senator Mike Gravel has also joined their ranks, according ot the Daily Caller. In addition, Richard Humenn, the Principal Chief Electrical Desigher of the Twin Towers, has questioned the official account of the buildings' destruction.
It appears that the views expressed by AE911Truth, considered by many to be on the fringe, are beginning to attract some heavy hitters. If there is one thing that both sides of this debate can agree on, it's that the issue is not going away quietly.