Cornel West Having Trouble Getting Anyone to Pay Attention to Him

And the one thing a troll hates is being ignored.


Cornel West, or as he insists on calling himself Dr. Cornel West, is the nation's leading African-American leftist troll. Or as his Twitter profile calls him, "1 of America's most provocative public intellectuals". That's technical jargon for well compensated troll.

And the one thing a troll hates is being ignored.

At some point the sort of people he expected to pay attention to him... stopped. It might have been his attacks on Obama, despite their common roots in the Democratic Socialists of America.

But either way, Cornel West badly miscalculated with his latest stunt of 9/11 Trutherism. Not because it produced outrage, but because it served to remind him that no one is paying attention anymore.

West addressed tens of people at what originally was billed as a "Million Muslim March" on the Washington Mall.

West followed a parade of speakers pushing conspiracy theories that the World Trade Center towers collapsed due to controlled explosions and doubting that an airplane really crashed into the Pentagon.

I'm not sure how big of a parade it was since there were reportedly only 25 people in attendance. Maybe they were all speakers.

When asked Wednesday if he believes 9/11 was an inside job — just like the “truthers” he was standing alongside today at an address during the Million Muslim March in Washington, D.C. — outspoken progressive activist and professor Cornel West had this to say:

“I just don’t know. My hunch is that I think that bin Laden certainly had something to do with it, and so I try to listen and raise questions and allow them to engage in their investigation, but I haven’t spent as much time as they have. But at this point, I’m still uncertain.

“I think there might be a possibility, but my hunch is that [with] bin Laden’s…definitive investment he must have had something to do with it. But the thing is, what they express is a profound distrust in the government and a profound distrust in the government’s intelligence, and I have that distrust, too, so I’ve got to be open-minded.”

Part of being a provocative public intellectual is at least having a definitive position. Not... Bin Laden probably had something to do with it.

Cornel West appeared at what he probably thought was a Muslim Anti-American rally, but turned out to be a 9/11 Truther rally, but he found the company congenial enough to stick around, but without having a definitive position.

Like a lot of the professional political trolls in public life, Cornel West, like Ron Paul, is innately sympathetic to 9/11 Truthers, but lacks the provocative fortitude to embrace them all the way, instead expressing interest in their theories without committing.

The old Cornel West would have jumped in with both feet. But Dr. West has lost the plot. He's no longer provocative. Just a leftist troll no one is paying attention to anymore.