George W. Bush, July 26, 2001Investigative journalist Russ Baker, who has written an explosive new volume on the Bush dynasty called Family of Secrets, did not need to convince anyone at his book party at SoHo House on Monday night that he wasnt a crazy conspiracy nut. Dressed in a suit and tie and standing before a microphone at the front of the dimly lit dining room that had been rented out for the occasion, Mr. Baker was the image of trustworthiness as he read excerpts from his book and took questions from the audience.
One person asked to hear more on what Mr. Baker had learned about George H. W. Bushs connection to the Kennedy assassination. Another asked how Mr. Bakers book might be used to teach young people about journalism.
Then someone brought up the million dollar question: Namely, how is Mr. Baker planning to convince the mainstream media that the startling discoveries hed made about the Bush familydiscoveries that Bloomsbury Press, Mr. Bakers publisher, has advertised as revelatory and paradigm-shiftingwere worth paying attention to?
I dont know! Mr. Baker said at first.I mean, my entire career I have done stories that people said,Oh my gosh, this is just going to go everywhere! But the reality is the bigger the story, the [harder it is]and I have many, many friends who work for major news organizationsseveral of them are here todayand they tell me its very difficult to get this stuff out there. Because its explosive, and it questions some of the underlying structural values of our country.
He said corporate interests at mainstream media outlets like The New York Times, CBS and ABCwhich are still run on a bottom-line basisprevented reporters there from addressing sensational information of the sort he had uncovered during his research.
Pub Crawl asked Ms. Regan how, if youre sitting on some volatile piece of information that no one else has really documented before, do you convince people not to dismiss you as a lunatic?
Its impossible, Ms. Regan said.The forces of the corporate-owned media are so powerful that a voice like this is hard to be heard because all they do is marginalize you and demonize you and defame you. The truth is, these are the few people left who do real reporting. Its very hard to find people who do real investigative reporting anymore, and its these lone guys who dont have any ax to grind, theyre not serving any corporate agenda, theyre not serving anything but their own reporting. Theyre very brave and theyre very courageous and theyre very uncelebrated, because the mainstream media will not listen to them. People who are responsible have to help him. They do.
She added:The other problem is the big corporations hire people to sit in little rooms in Brooklyn and blog and to interfere with people like Russ. Im quite familiar with this process. If youre one little person, its you against the world, its David and Goliath, and its hard.
If this were a dictatorship it would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it, as long as I was the dictato