very dry reading
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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