Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger

How the CIA's Crack-cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb

Paperback - 2006
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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Jeremy Renner

Kill the Messenger tells the story of the tragic death of Gary Webb, the controversial newspaper reporter who committed suicide in December 2004. Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb's stories.

Drawing on exhaustive research and highly personal interviews with Webb's family, colleagues, supporters and critics, this book argues convincingly that Webb's editors betrayed him, despite mounting evidence that his stories were correct. Kill the Messenger examines the "Dark Alliance" controversy, what it says about the current state of journalism in America, and how it led Webb to ultimately take his own life.

Webb's widow, Sue Bell Stokes, remains an ardent defender of her ex-husband. By combining her story with a probing examination of the one of the most important media scandals in recent memory, this book provides a gripping view of one of the greatest tragedies in the annals of investigative journalism.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Nation Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9781560259305
1560259302
Branch Call Number: 070.43092
070.43092 S376k
PN4874.W358 S36 2006
Characteristics: xiii, 233 p. [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.

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STEVEN TAYLOR
Feb 14, 2016

very dry reading

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StarGladiator
Jan 03, 2014

Nick Shou pithily explains what Gary Webb wrote of in his epochal book, "Dark Alliance" and explains the sordid "news business" events leading to, or forcing, his suicide. Outstandingly written in a way to lay the groundwork, in the beginning, for the massively contrived attacks on Gary Webb which are exposed neatly. Back in 1977-78, in the Rolling Stone magazine, Bernstein (of Woodward & Bernstein fame) wrote an expose of the hundreds of journalists in the employ of the CIA (a later retired director of the CIA would boast that the majority of the American media were in their pockets), and such a superlative book as Nick Schou's amply demonstrates this. The real investigative journalists have all been forced out of the CorporateMcMedia: Gary Webb (and driven to suicide), Robert Parry, Chris Hedges, and younger ones such as the young lady recently fired from CNN for attempting to report what was really transpiring during the protests in Bahrain, and its aftermath! There is no news today in America, which is why Wall Street, through the NSA and other intelligence agencies, seeks to fully dominate the Web/Internet! Ten stars for Mr. Schou's telling of the Gary Webb story. (As Nick Shou quotes Alexander Cockburn in this [paraphrasing now], "..the purpose of the corporate news is to do badly, or report poorly.")

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