The actor who plays journalist Gary Webb appeared on The Daily Show to talk about his film Kill the Messenger which deals with his expose of how the CIA and the Nicaraguan contras it supported were involved in the spread of the crack cocaine epidemic in America’s inner cities. (I wrote about it here.)
The Plain Dealer had a long article about Webb because there was a local angle in that for a short time Webb had worked for it, something that I had been unaware of. The article is sympathetic to Webb and describes the vicious hatchet job that the major newspapers did on him to discredit his story, though it puts their motives down to professional jealousy at being scooped and does not say that they were deliberately protecting the CIA, which is my suspicion.
(This clip aired on October 9, 2014. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)