Have 9/11 conspiracy theories gone mainstream?

And if so, (a) why and (b) why now? I put those questions to Pat and James of Screw Loose Change in a post on Friday, and both have responded. They make some trenchant points; go ye and read of them and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below. Or, if you’ve got your own blog, address it there and send me the link and I’ll add it here.

The title of this post is a rhetorical question, by the way. As Raw Story said of that recent Zogby poll,

When asked specificially if they thought there had been a government coverup of evidence that contradicts the official story, the results were again not far from an even split, with 48% rejecting the idea of a deliberate coverup and 42% supporting it. Belief in a coverup was the majority position among Democrats, 18-29 year olds, and a few other groups.

Update: FYI, Loose Change has slipped out of the top ten on Google Video. Finally.

Update: Well, well. Jules and Gedeon Naudet, the French documentarians responsible for so much incredible footage shot on 9/11, are threatening to sue Loose Change for copyright infringement. I wonder if this is strictly business or if they’re going after LC because they object to their film being used to promote this agenda. Stay tuned.