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Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:59 PM

Today is a tragic anniversary as Michael Moore reminds us

Last edited Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:19 AM - Edit history (1)

He posted an article about Gary Webb, written by Robert Parry, on facebook. This is the anniversary of Gary's suicide, which itself is the subject of much speculation, but that is not the point of the article.

The article is a reminder of how the press in the US works to maintain the powerful as above the law:

So, instead of a process that outsiders might imagine — where journalists who dug out tough stories got rewarded — the actual system worked in the opposite way. The careerists in the news business quickly grasped that the smart play when it came to the Contras was either to be a booster or at least to pooh-pooh evidence of the Contras’ brutality or drug traffickers.

The same rules applied to congressional investigators. Anyone who pried into the dark corners of the Nicaraguan Contra war faced ridicule, as happened to Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts when he followed up the early AP stories with a courageous investigation that discovered more ties between cocaine traffickers and the Contras.

When his Contra-cocaine report was released in 1989, its findings were greeted with yawns and smirks. News articles were buried deep inside the major newspapers and the stories focused more on alleged flaws in his investigation than on his revelations.

For his hard work, Newsweek summed up the prevailing “conventional wisdom” on Kerry by calling him a “randy conspiracy buff.” Being associated with breaking the Contra-cocaine story was also regarded as a black mark on my own career.


There is so very much more at the link.

Rest in peace Gary, someday the good guys will win one.

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hootinholler Dec 2012 OP
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JackRiddler Dec 2012 #3
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hootinholler Dec 2012 #6

Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:41 PM

1. It really is cogently laid out.

Lots of dots to connect there explaining the behavior of the press.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:51 PM

2. Never, ever forget. .......

Fuck you agent Mike, if you're reading. Just remember that the government just built a data center down in Utah that is recording ALL emails and cell phone messages on everyone, every call, every email.

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Response to hootinholler (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 09:12 PM

3. Michael Moore, Robert Parry.

Names are sacred.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 10:52 PM

4. I'm not sure about sacred...

Certainly revered .

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Response to hootinholler (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 01:04 AM

5. I mean you should spell them right in the OP.

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Response to JackRiddler (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 09:20 AM

6. Well had you said so, I would have edited before I went to bed.

Thanks though! I hate getting it wrong.

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