Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano is a guy who can be really good on many issues. When it comes to civil liberties issues like the 4th amendment, he’s great. But here’s an example of why I said a few weeks ago that he often ventures into crank territory:
Yesterday, Fox Business host and Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano revealed himself as a believer in the conspiracy theory that the government is lying about the attacks on September 11. Speaking on a leading conspiracy show, Napolitano said that it’s “hard for me to believe that” World Trade Center building 7 “came down by itself” — a central tenet of 9-11 conspiracy theories — and claimed that “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.”
This all took place on the Alex Jones show, of course. And it’s not the first time Napolitano has offered support for the kinds of bizarre conspiracies that Jones pushes every day:
As Media Matters has documented, Napolitano’s previous Jones appearances have been marked with conspiracy theories about the government and the “New World Order.” For instance, Napolitano and Jones have agreed that Obama will “start a wider global war” to “be a prince,” and discussed whether a powerful banking cartel linked to “world government” would “collapse the economy” and use that “as an excuse for martial law.” Napolitano also told Jones of Texas secession: “That time has come. That may actually happen” because of the actions of the government.
It’s really too bad. He has an opportunity being on Fox News to be a voice of reason, and he plays that role from time to time. But this kind of crazy undermines his credibility when he does so.