The Killing Game: The Writings of an Intrepid Investigative Reporter

The Killing Game: The Writings of an Intrepid Investigative Reporter

by Gary Webb
     
 

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Collected for the first time, the earlier writings of the journalist who exposed the CIA-Contra drug scandal.

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Collected for the first time, the earlier writings of the journalist who exposed the CIA-Contra drug scandal.

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Investigative reporter Gary Webb detailed the CIA involvement in the crack cocaine activities of the Contras in "Dark Alliance," a series of articles published in 1996 in the San Jose Mercury News. The series was widely discredited by the government, the mainstream press, and the growing right-wing media. The backlash against the story destroyed Webb's career and life, which ended with his suicide in 2004. In recent years, the facts as reported by Webb have been more widely acknowledged as accurate. In this collection, his son, Eric Webb, a journalism student, pulls together a selection of reporting from his father's first investigation of organized crime's involvement in the coal industry to freelance pieces published after he lost his job. An introduction by journalist Robert Parry analyzes how Webb's political naïveté and the power of right-wing political interests sabotaged his career.Verdict This collection will be of interest to aspiring investigative reporters; the introduction provides a subtle warning about the hazards of pursuing such a career. A welcome addition for readers who followed the controversy surrounding Webb and for academic journalism collections.—Judy Solberg, Seattle Univ. Lib.

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ISBN-13:
9781583229323
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
05/24/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
792,421
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

An award-winning investigative reporter, GARY WEBB (1955–2004) is best known for his “Dark Alliance” series that linked a Northern California drug ring with the CIA and the United States’ burgeoning crack epidemic. When the story first appeared in 1996 on the website of the San Jose Mercury News, it became an unprecedented internet sensation, receiving up to 1.3 million hits daily. The report was the target of a famously vicious media backlash that ended his career as a mainstream journalist. When Webb told the whole story in the book Dark Alliance, some of the same publications that had vilified him retracted their criticism and praised his courage in telling the truth about one of the worst official abuses in our nation’s history. Others, including his own former newspaper and the New York Times, continued to treat him as an outlaw. Before joining the Mercury News, Webb cut his journalism teeth at the Kentucky Post and Cleveland Plain Dealer. He is the co-recipient of an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award (for a story at the Post about links between the Kentucky coal mining industry and organized crime) and a Pulitzer Prize (as part of a team at the Mercury News covering the 1988 San Francisco Earthquake). Dark Alliance won the 1998 Firecracker Alternative Book Award in the Politics category, and was a finalist for the PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award. In 2014 Webb’s story was adapted into the major motion picture Kill the Messenger. His death in 2004 was ruled a suicide.

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