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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-30-08 10:19 AM
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Good thing HRC won't be Dem nominee when Gary Webb movie comes out soon.
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Edited on Wed Apr-30-08 10:29 AM by blm
For those unaware of Webb, he was a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter who wrote about the CIA drugrunning operation of Poppy Bush's in a 1996 series in the San Jose Mercury News - a report that caused official DC, under the control of the Clinton administration at the time, to actively close rank around Poppy, protecting his secrecy and privilege over the truth of the historic record in that IranContra related operation.

When this movie about Webb comes out, I wonder how much of the film will cover the ongoing protection of GHWBush on his operations that saw the dumping of tons of cheap IranContra cocaine into cities across America and specifically targeting black communities, triggering the crack epidemic of the 80s that has continued to plague this country for two decades now.

I think Americans will be appalled when they begin to hear what was done in THEIR name by past administrations and by their protectors in the national media - in this case official DC in 1996 used the NYT, the Wa Post and the LA Times to mislead the public.

Webb was a prominent investigative reporter for the Mercury News when the paper published his series on CIA involvement in the crack epidemic in 1996. After the package ran, other news outlets began to criticize the work and attempt to poke holes in much of Webb's theory.

Eventually, his editors also found fault in the series, ran an apologetic editor's note, and demoted Webb to a suburban beat. He quit the paper in 1997, spending several years in a series of non-journalism jobs before taking up with an alternative weekly in Sacramento, Ca., in 2004.

But just months after starting at that paper, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head in his home. It was ruled a suicide.

Since the series ran, and Webb's death, critics have continued to question his work and claim some of his reporting was off. But many others, including former colleagues and author Schou, contend he was unfairly treated and that his series was a good piece of journalism that exposed CIA misdeeds.

"We are once again making these deals with the Devil," Landesman said about today's government and CIA activities. "Gary had stumbled on something. Webb discovered this massive industry at the time that dove-tailed with the very thing our government wanted to snuff out with a war on drugs."

He said the fact that other news outlets took such harsh shots at Webb is also part of the story. "The New York Times, The Washington Post and the L.A Times came after Webb in a way that was deeply personal and politically agenda-ized and systematically destroyed him and his story," he said. "Webb had the audacity to report it like any other story, not understanding what the ramifications would be."
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