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FTR #743 Interview (#8) with Russ Baker, Author of “Family of Secrets”

Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. (The flash dri­ve includes the anti-fas­cist books avail­able on this site.)

Don’t miss six FTR inter­views with Russ about Fam­i­ly of Secrets,
FTRs 711 through 716.

Lis­ten:
MP3 Side 1 | Side 2

Intro­duc­tion: Revis­it­ing Russ Bak­er, author of Fam­i­ly of Secrets, a sem­i­nal vol­ume on the Bush fam­i­ly’s role in Amer­i­can pow­er pol­i­tics and edi­tor-in-chief of the WhoWhat­Why web­site and blog, we exam­ine what Pres­i­dent Oba­ma is up against and, by exten­sion, what we are up against.

Much of the focus is on the role of the media in pre­sent­ing, defin­ing and thus con­trol­ling the scope of polit­i­cal dis­course. This exclu­sive process ben­e­fits those indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions that com­prise U.S. pow­er struc­ture.

Before high­light­ing aspects of the web­site, Russ notes the dif­fi­cul­ty in get­ting media out­lets to con­sid­er, let alone present objec­tive­ly a book (FOS0 that links the Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States to the mur­der of a pre­de­ces­sor (Pop­py Bush’s prob­a­ble role in killing John F. Kennedy).

The Bush/ JFK killing nexus, in turn, stems from the role of the Bush fam­i­ly as prime movers in the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty, itself a major lever for man­i­fest­ing and reg­u­lat­ing the course of polit­i­cal events in Amer­i­ca.

Indeed one of the major obsta­cles that Oba­ma is fac­ing is iner­tia and the sad fact that the fourth estate (the work­ing press) has mor­phed into a Fifth Col­umn.

Exem­pli­fy­ing that unfor­tu­nate phe­nom­e­non is the dif­fi­cul­ty Russ has had get­ting FOS reviewed by main­stream media and gain­ing access to “mid-lev­el” media out­lets such as John Stew­art’s show on the Com­e­dy Chan­nel and sim­i­lar venues. Rev­e­la­tions in the book con­cern­ing the pow­ers that exer­cise the levers of press cov­er­age appear to be a rea­son for the ret­i­cence of some literati to pub­licly eval­u­ate the book.

Russ Bak­er

Russ relates his expe­ri­ence with The Los Ange­les Times. Although the paper reviewed Russ’s book, the review­er dis­missed it as–you guessed it–“conspiracy the­o­ry.” Per­haps such a stance derives from the rev­e­la­tion in FOS that Prescott Bush used his influ­ence with the pow­er­ful Chan­dler fam­i­ly, own­ers of the L.A. Times, to ele­vate Richard Nixon to oppose Jer­ry Voorhees. Voorhees’ con­gres­sion­al inquiries about busi­ness­es in which the Bush­es were invest­ed upset Prescott. Those inquiries were soon atten­u­at­ed by the then new­ly-elect­ed Nixon.

The late author Edith Whar­ton not­ed that, “A friv­o­lous soci­ety can only achieve dra­mat­ic sig­nif­i­cance through what its friv­o­li­ty destroys.” With Don­ald Trump now return­ing to his real­i­ty TV show (after flirt­ing with a “birther” can­di­da­cy), Russ notes that the polit­i­cal norm in this coun­try is the real “sideshow.”

Address­ing the issue of what indi­vid­u­als can do to improve things, Russ notes the growth of the Inter­net, and the abil­i­ty of cit­i­zens to col­late, ana­lyze and dis­trib­ute infor­ma­tion. Mr. Emory notes that, with such tech­nol­o­gy at the pub­lic’s dis­pos­al, an indi­vid­ual can become a node of infor­ma­tion trans­fer, dis­sem­i­nat­ing news far more effec­tive­ly than was pre­vi­ous­ly pos­si­ble.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Analy­sis of the role of the petro­le­um indus­try in U.S. polit­i­cal life; analy­sis of the role of the CIA and “mil­i­tary indus­tri­al com­plex” in U.S. polit­i­cal life; dis­cus­sion of the role of iner­tia in U.S. polit­i­cal life; review of George H.W. Bush’s activ­i­ties on 11/22/1963.

Discussion

9 comments for “FTR #743 Interview (#8) with Russ Baker, Author of “Family of Secrets””

  1. Just lis­tened to a good chunk of this........glad to have him back.

    BTW, Dave, can you PLEASE do a pro­gram on the Wein­er­gate scan­dal? The good Rep. recent­ly caved in due to the pressure{a false con­fes­sion has been repeat­ed­ly played by our MSM}, and the MSM has REFUSED to talk about any evi­dence prov­ing the man’s inno­cence, and there’s a fair bit of it!

    dailykos.com/story/2011/05/29/980400/-Breitbarts-
    gawker.com/5806545/did-anthony-weiner-tweet-pic-of-his-weiner
    mediaite.com/online/rep-weiner-still-claims-twitter-account-hacked-though-big-questions-still-remain
    dailykos.com/story/2011/06/03/981814/-BREAKING!-Breitbarts-Source-for ‑Wein­er-Smear-Deletes-Twit­ter- Account

    mediamatters.org/research/201102010047
    dailykos.com/story/2011/06/01/981129/-C NN-Knew-Bre­it­bart-Was-Lying
    deathby1000papercuts.com/2011/06/weinergate-john-edwards-and-the-corporate-media-stooges-circus

    thesmokinggun.com/documents/internet/issa-aide-linked-weinergate-096417
    blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/06/dan_wolfe_becom.php
    thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/dan-wolfe-anthony-weiner-weinergate-632095
    thesmokinggun.com/documents/internet/mike-stack-weinergate-co-pilot-219073

    And what in the hel­l’s going on with Mike Stack?

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/06/05/982318/-WeinerGate-Ends-When-Mike-Stack-et-al-Are-Investigated?via=sidebyuserrec

    Posted by Steven | June 6, 2011, 9:58 pm
  2. Actu­al­ly, Dave, nev­er mind, I guess.

    In all hon­esty, though, this was a great inter­view. =)

    Posted by Steven | June 8, 2011, 4:33 pm
  3. http://whowhatwhy.com/2011/11/28/ny-times’-umbrella-man-exposed/

    Russ Bak­er’s overview of the recent NY Times anti-con­spir­a­cy pro­pa­gan­da effort regard­ing the “Umbrel­la Man” in the JFK assas­si­na­tion.

    Posted by R. Wilson | November 30, 2011, 11:20 pm
  4. Hav­ing recent­ly lis­tened to the archived Guns Of Novem­ber broad­casts, and then read­ing about “Umbrel­la Man” at whowhatwhy.com, the pow­er of the “big lie”, as dis­cussed in AFA 1, becomes ever more real. The “ostrich act” of the Times and oth­er major insti­tu­tions is a behav­ioral man­i­fes­ta­tion of the “big lie” at work.

    Maybe it goes with­out say­ing, but I encour­age every­one who lis­tens to FTR to lis­ten to the AFA broad­casts.

    Posted by grumpusrex | December 2, 2011, 12:20 pm
  5. In a recent doc­u­men­tary, jour­nal­ists Eliz­a­beth Gould and Paul Fitzger­ald sug­gests that JFK might have been killed by a secret soci­ety. I am won­der­ing if we could con­sid­er it just like anoth­er ele­ment in the very propable sce­nario pre­sent­ed to us by Dave and Russ Bak­er, or if it is in fact a new line of enquiry? Gould-Fitzger­ald said this in the con­text of an eso­teric and mys­ti­cal analy­sis of the ever­go­ing war in Afghanistan that has been on for cen­turies. Any thoughts on this? You can see the movie on my blog at:

    http://lys-dor.com/2012/05/08/afghanistan-and-mystical-imperialism-an-expose-of-the-esoteric-underpinnings-of-american-foreign-policy/

    Posted by Claude | May 9, 2012, 10:31 am
  6. @Claude: Haven’t seen the movie, but I doubt it was some­one like the ‘Illu­mi­nati’ or the ‘Luciferians’(I did­n’t say that that’s what these two implied, obviously).....my mon­ey is on the Under­ground Reich and their asso­ciates.

    Still, though, I guess the movie’s worth a look.

    Posted by Steve L. | May 9, 2012, 8:02 pm
  7. [...] Stal­in wouldn’t have done it bet­ter. This speech was giv­en recent­ly. It express­es for me the true nature of JFK, com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent from the pro­pa­gan­da that the peo­ple who engi­neered this coup try to make us believe. A recent book pub­lished by Ran­dom House and titled Once Upon A Secret, by Mimi Alford, is a good exam­ple of such pro­pa­gan­da and smear attempts. Thanks to Russ Bak­er for hav­ing unearthed this piece of tru­ly reveal­ing infor­ma­tion. Here is the arti­cle on whowhatwhy.com where you can lis­ten to the speech. Bak­er gave sev­er­al inter­views to radio host and antifas­cist researcher Dave Emory. To access these inter­views, see this post. [...]

    Posted by Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden speaks about JFK assassination | Lys-d'Or | May 13, 2012, 7:39 pm
  8. OMFG.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | June 16, 2012, 11:40 pm
  9. Oh dear god not again.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | July 10, 2012, 1:27 pm

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