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oswaldofguadalupe asked: Can you explain how the BBC called the collapse of WTC building 7 twenty minutes early?
Ah, a conspiracy theorist! Welcome. Here’s how the BBC explains what happened in regards to their reporting around the collapse of Tower 7 on 9/11:
The BBC says this was simply an honest mistake on what was probably the fastest moving, most chaotic and most confusing story they had ever covered. After an investigation the head of BBC World News, Richard Porter, told The Conspiracy Files:
"The investigations we’ve carried out suggest very strongly that we were working on the basis of an incorrect news agency report."
The news agency Reuters have given this statement to the BBC:
"On September 11, 2001, Reuters incorrectly reported that one of the buildings at the New York World Trade Centre, 7WTC, had collapsed before it actually did. The report was picked up from a local news story and was withdrawn as soon as it emerged that the building had not fallen."
The BBC correspondent at the centre of the controversy, Jane Standley, has never talked about this before.
She told The Conspiracy Files that she had just arrived in New York. She had never heard of Tower 7, and did not recognise it in the New York skyline. On the day she had precious little information available.
"It’s very unfortunate," she said "that this whole conspiracy kind of I think rather ridiculous situation has grown out of what’s really a very small and very honest mistake."
The White House released Barack Obama’s “long form” birth certificate today. On it, his mother lists the family’s street address as 6085 Kalanianaole Highway, in Honolulu, Hawaii. A quick peek at Google Maps shows that’s directly in the middle of the highway. Birthers, meet your next conspiracy.