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Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb

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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.

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This work 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 series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper.

About the Author

Nick Schou is an investigative journalist who worked with Gary Webb on "Dark Alliance." He writes for the LA Weekly and OC Weekly and lives in Long Beach, CA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560259305
Subtitle:
How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb
Author:
Schou, Nick
Preface:
Bowden, Charles
Introduction by:
Bowden, Charles
Introduction:
Bowden, Charles
Author:
Bowden, Charles
Publisher:
Nation Books
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Reporters and reporting
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Editors, Journalists, Publishers
Subject:
BIO025000
Subject:
Investigative reporting
Subject:
Journalists -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060929
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 7.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , This work 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 series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper.

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