Journalists are waiting with baited breath to see just how this film about Rather's 2004 60 Minutes story about George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard memos handles the fact that this story was known to Mapes and Rather in 2000, in fact, earlier. Some are wondering just how the film handles the place of Mrs. Marian Carr Knox who typed the original memos and her son Patrick Carr who affirmed his mother’s testimony even after a visit to his mother from former U.S. Attorney General for Reagan and Bush, Dick Thornburgh from Pennsylvania. Thornburgh as Attorney General under Reagan and Bush was no stranger to memos, having created the "Thornburgh Memo" that essentially violated long held Constitutional safeguards in the U.S.. Thornburgh's attack on Knox essentially matched that of Leen against Webb's credibility in 1997 and 2014. As the Bush family consigliore Thornburgh would go on from his task of discrediting Marian Carr Knox to discrediting former FBI Director Louis Freeh in his investigation into the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, a role that now has Thornburgh on a Paterno family web-site with a non-delineating attack of the flaws in Freeh's Penn State investigation for the University Board. Coach Joe Paterno had delivered a key note address at the same 1988 Republican National Convention where Larry King, another ringleader of a child-abuse scandal in Omaha, Nebraska, literally sang the National Anthem. Much has been made of the connections between the Sandusky scandal and the King scandal in Omaha known as "The Franklin Coverup." Not ironically, it was the week of the Penn State-Nebraska game, the second week of November, 2011, that the Sandusky story broke.
Jeff Leen was contacted by the father of the other Patrick Carr just as he had contacted Steve Weinberg. His letters to and from follow:
From: William Carr
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Pete Brewton <email@example.com>;
"Sent: Sunday, February 15, 2015 12:30 AM
Subject: Gary Webb and WP redemption.....an alternative
From: "Weinberg, Steve"
To: William Carr
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2015 4:32 PM
Subject: RE: Truth Score Card and Letter to Jeff Leen
I have talked with Peter numerous times and have taken great interest in his work and that of Gary Webb, author of DARK ALLIANCE. In Webb's debate with Jeff Leen of The Washington Post, Leen throws Webb under the bus not only then, but also after the release of the 2014 film, KILL THE MESSENGER. In his debate with Leen, Webb referred specifically to Pete Brewton's book. That was the explosive connection that could NOT come out. Gary Webb died on the same day, December 10th in 2004 that he resigned from his position at the San Jose Mercury News in 1997 and on the same day as Patrick Carr's death in 2000, December 10th. The medical examiner's report on Webb's death was as unbelievable as that of my son's whose name matched the name that of Patrick Carr, son of Marian Carr Knox, the Ellington Field secretary who would recant her story costing in 2004 Dan Rather and Mary Mapes their jobs at CBS. Our son found himself in an unbelievable convergence of dark alliances at a place and time of incredible danger....the lead up to a bitterly contested U.S. Presidential election. The dark alliances that Peter Brewton and Gary Webb disclose in two seemingly unconnected locations....Texas and California....are not unconnected at all. That is precisely what made anyone close to these two live wires and the stories they had uncovered in danger of a serious jolt.
In fact, the Bush crime family saga is much older than the Bush crime family saga. It is covered in the 2015 book SULFUR, LEAD and POPPIES. As Peter's book shows and as CIA Director Allan Dulles said "Americans don't read." If we did things would be much different and we would likely get the leadership we really need and that the republic and world deserves. With 2016 approaching and another Bush circling the drain, its good to read this book again or for the first time. Eye-opening!