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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.

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.


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/2011/06/03/981814/-BREAKING!-Breitbarts-Source-for -Weiner-Smear-Deletes-Twitter- Account

    dailykos.com/story/2011/06/01/981129/-C NN-Knew-Breitbart-Was-Lying


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


    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:


    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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