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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Things are SO different here...

From Dana Summers, who apparently never heard of Gary Webb (emphasis added):
Gary Webb (August 31, 1955 December 10, 2004) was a controversial American investigative journalist, best known for his 1996 "Dark Alliance" investigative report series, written for the San Jose Mercury News. In the three-part series (later published as a book), Webb investigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who had allegedly distributed crack cocaine into Los Angeles and funneled profits to the Contras. Webb also alleged that this influx of Nicaraguan supplied cocaine sparked and significantly fueled the widespread crack epidemic that swept through urban areas. Webb's reporting generated a large controversy and the Mercury News backed away from the story, effectively ending Webb's career as a mainstream media journalist.
On December 10, 2004, he was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head. Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons determined that it was suicide.
To be fair, Webb actually got BOTH prizes--he and his colleagues won a Pulitzer in 1990 for coverage of the 1989 Bay Area Earthquake.