October 24

Ep. 0037: ‘Kill the Messenger’: A Dangerous History Movie Review

Warning: Spoilers!  (Assuming you don’t already know about Gary Webb’s story, and the story he broke.)

Kill the Messenger is a 2014 movie about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, who authored the series of articles in the San Jose Mercury under the title ‘Dark Alliance’ and later published a book by the same name.  In Prof CJ’s opinion, Gary Webb was a hero and may perhaps be the last great investigative newspaper journalist in American history.

This is definitely a dangerous history movie (unlike most historical flicks, which don’t usually raise questions about the Establishment.)  I had to drive over an hour to catch this flick, and I’m happy I did.

Join Prof CJ as he discusses:

  • Gary Webb and the story he broke
  • How Webb’s reporting met with initial acclaim, but provoked Establishment counterattacks that destroyed his career
  • Webb’s alleged suicide in 2004 (shot twice in the head…?)
  • Prof CJ’s take on the movie, which is generally quite positive
  • His main criticism of the movie — that it didn’t have a bit more

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Posted October 24, 2014 by profcj in category "American History", "Movie Reviews", "Podcasts

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