Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy by Charles Bowden, Nick Schou

By Charles Bowden, Nick Schou

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Kill the Messenger tells the tale of the tragic loss of life of Gary Webb, the arguable newspaper reporter who devoted suicide in December 2004. Webb is the previous San Jose Mercury information reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" sequence at the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and ended in his resignation from the paper amid escalating assaults on his paintings via the mainstream media. writer and investigative journalist Nick Schou released various articles at the controversy and was once the single reporter to noticeably increase Webb's tales. Drawing on exhaustive examine and hugely own interviews with Webb's family members, colleagues, supporters and critics, this booklet argues convincingly that Webb's editors betrayed him, regardless of mounting proof that his tales have been right. Kill the Messenger examines the "Dark Alliance" controversy, what it says concerning the present nation of journalism in the US, and the way it led Webb to finally take his personal existence. Webb's widow, Susan Bell, is still an ardent defender of her ex-husband. through combining her tale with a probing exam of the only of crucial media scandals in fresh reminiscence, this e-book offers a gripping view of 1 of the best tragedies within the annals of investigative journalism.

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Here (though he mentions it much later in his narrative) Cabeza de Vaca apparently did more ‘‘curing,’’ for which the Indians gave him and his companions nuts and hides (see Appendix , Chapter ). Turning back now to April , when the Dorantes party of twelve left Malhado, the adventures of this group are recounted at length by Oviedo (Appendix , Chapters  and ). From the mainland opposite Malhado they ‘‘walked two leagues to a large river, which was beginning to grow 7 The de Soto expedition in  or  is reported to have found Lope de Oviedo alive and well in an Indian town somewhere east of the Mississippi River.

The next ancón they reached was wide and very deep, ‘‘and it seemed to us as we saw it it is the one that they call the Holy Ghost [del Spíritu Santo]’’ (Appendix , Chapter ). Evidently Cabeza de Vaca had been this far along the coast while plying his trade. Other Indians came across the ancón and told them that three other Christians were ahead, still alive. They said that if the Spaniards would go to a river  league from there and wait, in two days’ time the other survivors would come there, for it was a favorite place for harvesting nuts.

The commissary, Fray Juan Suarez, ‘‘thought that this was some kind of idolatry and burned the boxes with the corpses’’ 3 (Appendix , Chapter ). ’’ Clearly, the Indians were beginning to realize what was important enough to these invaders to persuade them to leave. There fol2 This area was known to the Spaniards, as Ponce de Leon appears to have landed here in . Editor’s note: Cabeza de Vaca leaves us with the mystery of how ‘‘boxes of merchants of Castile’’ could have found their way to western Florida in .

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