Media Crocodile Shock on Hill’s Assassination Talk
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“We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” Hillary Clinton told the editorial board of The Sioux Falls Argus Leader last week in explaining her reason for staying in the presidential race.
This comment evoked predictable outrage from the Obama-happy media. “The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton,” wailed MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in higher dudgeon than usual. “You cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!”
Unfortunately for an earlier black rival of the Clintons with presidential aspirations of his own, Commerce Secretary Ron Brown, the then Clinton-happy media refused to even inquire into his suspicious death.
Indeed, to protect Bill and Hillary from themselves for the troubled eight years of the Clinton presidency, the Keith Olbermann crowd attacked those who did inquire. This I know as well as almost anyone.
In the spring of 2001, I produced with James Sanders a documentary on the downing of TWA Flight 800 called Silenced. Sanders had done the hard core reporting on the case soon after it happened in July 1996.
Had Sanders done comparable reporting during the Bush years, the media would have hailed him as a whistleblower. But the media either ignored him or actually applauded when the FBI arrested Sanders and his wife Elizabeth, a TWA trainer, on trumped-up conspiracy charges.
“The FBI handcuffed Liz with her hands behind her back and dragged her through throngs of reporters,” says Sanders ruefully. “Never once did any reporter think of writing a story in defense of a wife of a journalist.”
“That was a low moment,” Sanders adds. “We had no support from major media. We were not going to get our story out.”
It was in meeting the sweet and blameless Elizabeth that I got interested in the TWA Flight 800 story. Until that moment, I had been the opposite of a conspiracy theorist if there is such a thing.
My insistence that Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK--and I have not changed on this--led one serious researcher to volunteer to fly me to Dallas to prove me wrong.
In April 1996, I was hosting a talk radio show in Kansas City when Ron Brown’s Air Force plane crashed in Croatia. I dismissed out of hand all of the ample talk that the Clintons had the plane shot down. “Even they would not do such a thing,” I insisted.
The video Silenced led to a book on TWA 800, First Strike, which I co-authored with Sanders. No matter how tight our facts were I quickly discovered what Sanders already knew: to investigate the Clintons seriously is to render yourself a pariah, even among the more “respectable” conservative media.
I do not exaggerate. The editors of The Weekly Standard, for which I had been writing occasionally and successfully, not only stopped running my articles, they stopped returning my emails. I had transformed myself from Jack Cashill, Ph.D. to Jack Cashill, conspiracy theorist.
In 2003, with one plane crash under my belt, I received a commission to do a book on Ron Brown, the aptly named Ron Brown’s Body. Before accepting, I asked the publishers if they would accept the possibility that the plane crash was just an accident. They would, and so I proceeded.
My unstated goal was to write an anti-conspiracy book and in the process, so I reasoned, regain my humble reputation. As the son of a cop, however, I was determined to follow the facts where they led.
The facts led to two truth tellers, Brown confidante Nolanda Butler Hill and Kathleen Janoski, the forensic photographer who discovered an apparent bullet hole in Brown’s head.
As I learned anew from these exceptional women, Democrats both, the media did not want to hear the truth during the Clinton years. Janoski and three of her physician colleagues sacrificed their military careers to tell it.
When Janoski and her colleagues went public in December 1997 with their concerns, the major media used their resources to undermine those concerns or at least try to.
Hill sacrificed her freedom, spending three years in hiding and six months in custody in a Texas halfway house. With only a few exceptions, no one wanted to hear from her either.
“It’s time to knock this stuff off,” snapped Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry to one reporter who dared to venture a question about Brown’s death. “I’m not going to talk about this further or take any further questions on the subject.”
So incurious were the media that none among them even bothered to request the Air Force’s 22-volume report on the Brown plane crash, not even The New York Times, which lost a reporter in the crash.
In reading the report, I first learned that Brown had flown to Croatia to broker a sweetheart deal between the neo-fascists who ran that country and a certain American corporation then much in the news, “Enron” by name.
In having a pair of TWA captains analyze the report’s flight data, did I finally accept the conclusion that the Armed Force pathologists had long ago pointed to: the crash was not an accident.
I did not hog this information. As with TWA Flight 800, I tried to share it with the major media, the same people who are professing shock at Hillary’s assassination talk. At the time, they did not even want to know about any of it, not even the Enron connection.
The left, however, is now beginning to see what the right has long known. When cornered, as they were in the 1996 campaign, the Clintons can be a wee bit less than scrupulous.
If the media choose to probe beneath the talk, they might begin by asking why Hillary flew into Tuzla in Bosnia nine days before Brown left Tuzla on his fatal flight.
I hope they do. I know a few people who would like their reputations back.
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