Thursday, October 16, 2014
Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb
I can vividly recall, like it happened yesterday, when San Jose Mercury reporter, Gary Webb rocked the DC power establishment by his investigatory article detailing the CIA's role in flooding the black community with crack.
As Webb wrote:
"For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found."
When the article and allegations gained national traction -- via black talk radio and congresswoman Maxine Waters -- the media powers to be (NY Times, LA Times and Washington Post) went HAM to character assassinate Webb and discredit his research.
In response, the Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times would all weigh in with multiple articles claiming that Webb's assertions were bunk. His career was effectively ruined, and even his own paper eventually disavowed "Dark Alliance," despite having given it a cutting-edge online presentation complete with document transcriptions and audio recordings. source
Apparently, big media newspapers employed -- or still employ -- CIA operatives as "reporters" (I always wondered about George Will lol). Former Washington Post reporter and co-Watergate journalist, Carl Bernstein wrote:
The use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence‑gathering employed by the CIA. Although the Agency has cut back sharply on the use of reporters since 1973 primarily as a result of pressure from the media), some journalist‑operatives are still posted abroad. source
This kill the messenger hatchet job was so thorough that Webb committed "suicide" a broken man with a destroyed reputation.
Currently, his allegations, outside of the black community (we remember the Department of Justice's secret war against prominent African-American leaders via J. Edgar Hoover.) are dismissed as another Urban tale.
But recently released documentary, titled Kill The Messenger, revives the central theme of Webb's allegations: The CIA partnered with Central American drug dealers in order to fund the Contra War against Nicaragua leftist.
Oh, BTW, to all the doubters who inexplicably still want to dismiss this whole sordid affair as mere far-left conspiracy theory: The CIA, via sworn congressional testimony, have already officially acknowledged their role.
But the CIA testimony to the House Intelligence Committee and the body of the House report confirmed long-standing allegations – dating back to the mid-1980s – that drug traffickers pervaded the contra operation and used it as a cover for smuggling substantial volumes of cocaine into the United States. source
Is there any doubt who are the true gangster thugs?
Watch the video trailer: