Accuracy in Media

On the occasion of the anniversary of the death of former White House lawyer Vincent Foster, the Washington Post ran a piece admitting that it was a death that “altered the course of a presidency.” But this wasn’t because of the suspicious circumstances surround the death. Rather, Post reporter Peter Baker repeatedly emphasized the official finding that Foster had committed suicide, an action he said had “spawned an enduring climate of suspicion and a cottage industry of conspiracy theories.”

This was another tip-off that the Post was trying, once again, to put to rest the lingering questions about the death. In a further attempt to smear those who won’t accept the official line, Baker said that Foster has become “a cult figure among some of the same people obsessed by the John F. Kennedy assassination and Roswell UFOs.” Who are these people? He didn’t say, but he later put the matter this way: “Perhaps the chief irony of Foster’s death is that a man who so hated the spotlight will forever be remembered by some as the center of a bizarre conspiracy in the mode of the JFK killing.” He claimed these “people” are convinced that Foster was murdered, that his body was rolled up in a carpet and moved to the park, and that he had been involved in a CIA-sponsored drug-smuggling operation.

Notice the use of the words “conspiracy” and “bizarre” and “obsessed.” Notice the references to the JFK assassination. Finally, consider the reference to UFOs. This wasn’t an article; it was an attempt to silence through name-calling those of us who continue to raise valid questions about the official finding of suicide. Baker overreaches in his effort to smear us. Anyone familiar with the case knows that the legitimate questions about Foster’s death have nothing to do with the JFK assassination or UFOs. But because Baker cannot answer those questions, he tries to smear those of us who raise them.

Those questions or anomalies include the fact that there was no suicide note. Baker mentions a note, torn up into 28 pieces, that was released by the White House several days after Foster’s death. He accepts the White House claim that it was written by Foster and that it describes the circumstances leading up to his death. But Baker is careful not to call this a suicide note because it wasn’t. It said nothing about suicide. What’s more, handwriting experts say the note, which had no fingerprints on it, wasn’t even written by Foster. Baker doesn’t mention that the note was found in a briefcase that had previously been searched.

Here’s some more anomalies: no bullet was ever found in the park, even though Foster supposedly shot himself there. And the gun that was found in his hand has never been positively identified as his. Equally mysterious, no fingerprints were found on the gun. In addition, very little blood was found at the scene.

Peter Baker of the Post doesn’t try to answer these questions or even raise them. He is just not interested in the truth, which is a sad commentary on the state of our news media.




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