Fox News Legal Analyst Andrew Napolitano A 9/11 Truther?

Fox News/Fox Business legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former state court Judge in New Jersey, made comments recently that seem to indicate he doesn’t buy the “official story” of the September 11th attacks.

First of all, anyone who appears on Alex Jones’s radio show is suspect to begin with. Jones is a well-known 9/11 truther.

Second, well, just listen for yourself starting around the 4:00 mark:

Napolitano was a guy I actually had some respect for, at least before these idiotic comments.

This is the kind of people Fox is hiring these days.

H/T: The Pajama Pundit

UPDATE (James Joyner):   Here’s a transcript of the relevant portion of the conversation, courtesy Media Matters:

JONES: OK finally, man because I’ve never raised this with you, because it’s a subject I just leave alone with folks because I don’t want to cause people problems. But you brought it up with Geraldo Rivera, who says he is concerned about building 7, and I want to put the question you put to him to you. I mean, what do you think of Geraldo Rivera coming out — what do you think of 7?

NAPOLITANO: It’s hard for me to believe that it came down by itself. I was gratified to see Geraldo Rivera investigating it. I am gratified to see that people across the board are interested.

I think twenty years from now, people will look at 9-11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.

JONES: Well, I want to tell you this. You’ve got a lot of courage, Judge, and so does Geraldo Rivera. I don’t agree with him on some of his more liberal political views, but I do resonate with his courage, and I resonate with yours, and I already had the highest respect for you, but now the thermometer just broke. And the mercury — geysering out of it right now. Judge, you are a great American, and I just can’t wait till your show is number one on Fox Business, when you’re on regular Fox full time, because no army can stop an idea whose time has come.


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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. MarkedMan says:

    Does anyone know of any credible organization that has investigated/debunked the 9/11 truthers claims?

  2. Popular Mechanics did a great article debunking the truther claims five years ago:

  3. wert says:

    There is a difference between believing a given 9/11 conspiracy theory and questioning the “official story,” which in many ways is itself nothing more than a conspiracy theory.  If you swallow the official story hook, line and sinker, you are as gullible and naive as the most fanatical 9/11 conspiracy theorist.

  4. Doug Mataconis is, of course, right. Doug believes everything we’ve been told about 9/11, because to believe otherwise – to question the official account in any way whatsoever – would make Doug Mataconis himself a Truther. And, he doesn’t want that.
    P.S. One of the PopMechanics authors gets raked over the coals on this audio from a radio appearance:

  5. mantis says:

    Oswald killed Kennedy.

  6. Captain Obvious says:

    Popular Mechanics is a joke and their ENTIRE “debunking” has  itself been debunked in a great book called “Debunking 9/11 Debunking”. Piece by piece the PM “argument gets torn apart. Really doug? You bought into PM’s OBVIOUS bull crap? That says a lot about you and your level of naivety and inability to do actual research.

  7. Drury says:

    Cap’n Oblivious—you just keep on drinking the Kool-Aid.  It’s good for you!

  8. Captain Obvious says:

    Pot meet kettle Drury, the kool aid is all over your shirt:

  9. Linda says:

    I thought the Judge had some credibility, but after that, I see he has zero.

  10. Captain Obvious says:

    Actually Linda, his views on 9/11 show that he does not suffer from cognitive dissonance as severely as you do. They also show that he is capable of thinking for himself on some level. I don’t know you Linda, I can only guess why you are so easily fooled.

  11. Linda says:

    Oh GADS! Conspiracy theorists… You, sir, are a waste of time,.

  12. Paul Zummo says:

    I really feel sorry for the Truthers.  It must suck to be in your mid-30s, still living at home, a virgin, absolutely no prospects in your life and no friends except other  losers who only believe in a conspiracy because it gives them someone to talk to.  They’re an interesting psychological profile because the negative attention given to them by sane people is at least some form of attention.

  13. Captain Obvious says:

    Paul, you manipulated tool, I would like to hear your opinion on if you think Bin Laden is still alive. The gov/media says yes, so I’m guessing you believe that. Why no video tapes from him anymore? Why only audio tapes? You are so gullible that you are fooled by a dead man who, by the way, denied being behind 9/11 in 3 seperate interviews before dying in 2003. This is ony one aspect of the sea of 9/11 lies, but its always good fun to see gullible hicks like you try and rationalize the anomalies. So start with that one, give me your best explanation. Then move onto the “hijacker” passport(lamenated paper mind you) that allegedly made it through the impact and fires in the towers while the black boxes didn’t(ask somebody with credentials how rare it is to not find the black boxes-if you are capable of basic research unlike the author of this article). You believe that obvious BS right? Of course you do. Them moooooozlims scare you to the point of stupidity huh? Fear monger “terror” propaganda works, you prove it. Bet you creamed in your pants over the latest FBI entrapment “bust” huh? “See, they hate us for our freedomos!!”. That was the point of that arrest(and similar ones recently), to keep gullible morons like you in line and properly scared.

  14. mantis says:

    Tin foil’s a bit snug there, Obvious.

  15. mantis says:

    Sure it’s easy when all you do is have arguments with people you invent in your head.  I just find you amusing to watch.

  16. Dave-O says:

    Dig the name man 9/11 Truther that would make everyone else 9/11 Liars dig.
    Next question?

  17. rjriii says:

    wake up, doug mataconis