Kill The Messenger

This film, which stars Jeremy Renner, is based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. In 1996, Webb published a three-part 20,000 word feature in the San Jose Mercury News under the headline “Dark Alliance”.

The investigative series delved into the Iran-Contra affair where the CIA, during the tenure of Ronald Reagan as president, used funds raised through clandestine ties with cocaine traffickers in Central America to support arms shipments to Iran (when it was involved in a war with Iraq) and right-wing Contra rebels fighting to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. The drugs that moved into the United States sparked the crack cocaine epidemic that laid waste to minority communities in major American cities.

To publish his expose, Webb endured threats from both Central American drug kingpins and the U.S. government. Kill the Messenger screens tonight at the RPL Theatre at 7 p.m. Here’s the trailer:

Author: Gregory Beatty

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7 thoughts on “Kill The Messenger”

  1. Of course, at least in the 1980s, even tho America’s leaders were senile & insane, at least they still *thought* they had to hide domestic & international impropriety from the American public not like during the Bush/Cheney years when it was loudly endorsed by the American public. Good on ya, Reagan/Bush/Baker.

  2. If you know that Mr. Webb shot himself, then you also know that there have been doubts cast upon the accuracy of his stories. And yet, this movie got made and distributed.

    One of my wishes, Talbot, is that someday you’ll make sense. Still wishing…

  3. Doubts cast then, later, stories largely vindicated:

    ‘…spurred on by Webb’s story, the CIA conducted an internal investigation that acknowledged in March 1998 that the agency had covered up Contra drug trafficking for more than a decade. Although the Washington Post and New York Times covered the report — which confirmed key chunks of Webb’s allegations — the L.A. Times ignored it for four months, and largely portrayed it as disproving the “Dark Alliance” series. “We dropped the ball on that story,” said Doyle McManus, the paper’s Washington bureau chief, who helped supervise its response to “Dark Alliance.”‘

    And also

  4. Isn’t it passing strange that the Washington Post and New York Times, whose Watergate coverage led to an investigation and eventually to the resignation of an American President, suddenly in the next decade became tools of the establishment?

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