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Spike Lee’s new NYC doc marinates 9/11 & Covid in racial resentment to deliver a tedious, tangled mess of misinformation

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Spike Lee’s new four-parter, ‘NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021 ½’ caused controversy when critics pre-screened it because the finale spent time focusing on the conspiracy theories of the group Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.

Lee, who openly disbelieves the official 9/11 story and in 2006 featured conspiracies regarding the intentional flooding of black neighborhoods in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in his HBO documentary ‘When the Levees Broke’, is usually an unrepentant firebrand. But under pressure, the Brooklyn-raised blowhard folded like a cheap suit and cut the entire controversial 30-minute segment from the project prior to its airing.

I wasn’t granted access to the original version. But having watched the edited, seven-and-a-half-hour, uneven slog of a series that came to a close on Saturday night on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I can report that if truth and accuracy are of prime concern, then there’s about six-and-a-half more hours that needed to be cut from the series, which abounds with disinformation, misinformation and propaganda, none of which has anything to do with 9/11.

‘NYC Epicenters’ is broken down into four episodes, with the first two episodes focusing on a myriad of more current events and the last two on 9/11 itself. Not surprisingly since this is a “Spike Lee joint,” every topic tackled, and there are a lot of them, is deeply marinated in a manufactured racial resentment.


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