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. Download and start listening now!