Back in September I wrote how Europhysics News magazine marked the 15 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by publishing ‘controlled demolition’ conspiracy theories – completely unchallenged.
This inevitably led to a whole host of online cranks and crackpots spreading the false idea that their conspiracy theories had finally been validated in a proper scientific journal. Snopes even had to create an article featuring some of my research into this.
When I let my frustration be known to the owner of the magazine, EDP Sciences, they released the following statement to me:
Although I find the excuse about ‘open discussion’ to be particularly weak (would they be keen to publish ‘open discussion’ on faith healers and moon landing hoaxes?) I at least took some satisfaction in the promise of a ‘counter article’ in the next issue.