According to a profile piece in the Long Beach Post, one of the top Google search results for OC Weekly journalist Nick Schou (pictured) is a page titled “Nick Schou liar.” The personal attack was put up by a group of 9/11 conspiracy theorists, the Citizen Investigation Team, after a related 2008 Schou write-up.
Then there are all those who continue to believe that the focus of Schou’s 2006 book, Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb, did not actually commit suicide. Despite the author-reporter’s thorough evidence to the contrary, he says some people will never be swayed:
In the course of researching his own stories, Schou became friendly with [San Jose Mercury News reporter] Webb, consulting Webb via fax and even providing Webb new information…
“[Writing that book] was the only way I knew how to make sense of [Webb's being betrayed and committing suicide],” Schou says. “I didn’t write it for money. It was something I felt very passionate about.”
One of Schou’s more recent investigations, “Into the Emerald Triangle,” took readers into California’s so-called marijuana breadbasket. He says he hopes to spin off the general topic into a book. His second tome, Orange Sunshine, about the ambitious efforts of a spiritualist hippie group, comes out in paperback in December.
[Photo courtesy Long Beach Post]