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Former LA Times Reporter Apologizes for His Role in Gary Webb Tragedy

No one knows the story of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb (pictured) better than OC Weekly managing editor Nick Schou. So it’s always interesting when Schou chimes in about the matter, especially  just ahead of the production of a Hollywood movie inspired by Schou’s 2006 Webb biography Kill the Messenger.

Schou takes issue with a May 22 Los Angeles magazine article written by Jesse Katz. In that piece, Katz, a former LA Times reporter, in Schou’s opinion feebly apologizes for being one of Webb’s many media detractors. From Schou’s piece in – unusually – LA Weekly:

Katz buries and downplays his role in the debacle. Katz says he was just one of many reporters who ganged up on Webb. He apologizes only for bloating [Rick] Ross’ importance in his first Times piece on the dealer.

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Remembering a Forgotten Pulitzer Prize Winner

Author and former AP-Newsweek reporter Robert Parry clocks in at his venerable investigative site with a long, provocative piece about the way he and deceased colleague Gary Webb were thrown under the proverbial media bus for their leading-edge Iran Contra reporting. Today marks the sixth anniversary of Webb’s Sacramento suicide.

Parry makes a point of revisiting the topic on each and every anniversary of his colleague’s tragic death, but says he can make no more sense of it all today  than he could in 2004. He sees a great parallel between the way the mainstream American media rushed to the implicit defense of Reagan in the wake of Webb’s 1996 reporting for the San Jose Mercury News and the manner it toed the Bush WMD line.

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