Kill the messenger: how the CIA's crack-cocaine controversy destroyed journalist Gary Webb

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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.
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Soon to be a major motion picture!

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, Susan Bell, 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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subject_facet Drug traffic -- Central America, Investigative reporting, Journalists -- United States -- Biography, Reporters and reporting -- United States -- Biography, Webb, Gary, Webb, Gary, -- 1955-2004
title_display Kill the messenger : how the CIA's crack-cocaine controversy destroyed journalist Gary Webb
title_full Kill the Messenger How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, Kill the messenger : how the CIA's crack-cocaine controversy destroyed journalist Gary Webb / by Nick Schou, Kill the messenger : how the CIA's crack-cocaine controversy destroyed journalist Gary Webb [electronic resource] / Charles Bowden and Nick Schou
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title_sub how the CIA's crack-cocaine controversy destroyed journalist Gary Webb
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography, Drug traffic, Investigative reporting, Journalists, Nonfiction, Reporters and reporting, Webb, Gary