An example with what is wrong with American journalism is the story of Gary Webb. After one of the first newspapers to go online in a big way started publishing Gary Webb's investigative stories of the connection between the crack cocaine epidemic and the CIA and contras, pressure from Washington-connected media cost him his job. This is also an example of the media connections of the CIA and the "shadow government."
Gary Webb's investigation of the CIA-crack cocaine connection was vindicated by an internal CIA investigation which the media did not publicize. While this report accepts Gary Webb's death as a suicide, two "self-inflicted" gun shot wounds to the head is rather telling.
Tags: Dark Alliance, shadow government, Gary Webb, San Jose Mercury News, CIA, contras, crack cocaine, SCLM