The mainstream media deserves a toxic lump of coal in their collective stocking this year for their atrocious lack of coverage regarding the suspicious death of Republican IT guru Mike Connell last weekend.
Connell died when his plane went down near the Canton/Akron airport in Ohio on Friday night. The indie media has been ablaze with stories about how circumstantial evidence overwhelmingly suggests that Connell’s plane was sabotaged in order to stop him from whistle blowing about vote fraud efforts by the Republican Party, particularly in regards to Ohio’s pivotal vote in the 2004 presidential election.
CBS finally ran a story yesterday, but CNN, the Washington Post and New York Times continue their blackout. Their silence is yet another deafening indictment of how the mainstream media appears to have a gate-keeper that works to suppress information that would threaten the status quo powers-that-be. "All the news that's fit to print," New York Times?
Investigative reporter and NYU media studies professor Mark Crispin Miller has been one of the leading voices on this story. He appeared on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now radio program to discuss on Monday and has been updating his blog with further intriguing insights. An excerpt from Democracy Now:
MARK CRISPIN MILLER: Well, I cannot assert with perfect
confidence that this was no accident, but I will say that the
circumstances are so suspicious and so convenient for Rove and the
White House that I think we’re obliged to investigate this thing very,
very thoroughly. And that means, first of all, taking a close look at
some of the stories that were immediately circulated to account for
what happened, that it was bad weather. That was the line they used
when Wellstone’s plane went down. There had been bad weather, but it
had passed two hours before. And this comes from a woman at the airport
information desk in Akron. We’re told that his plane was running out of
gas, which is a little bit odd for a highly experienced pilot like
Connell, but apparently, when the plane went down, there was an
explosion, a fireball that actually charred and pocked some of the
house fronts in the neighborhood. People can go online and see the
footage that news crews took. But beyond the, you know, dubiousness of
the official story, we have to take a close look at—and a serious look
at all the charges that Connell was set to make.
AMY GOODMAN: Now, he had asked the Attorney General Mukasey for protective custody, because of threats to him and his wife?
MARK CRISPIN MILLER: He reported threats to his lawyer,
Cliff Arnebeck, and Arnebeck—also, Velvet Revolution heard from
tipsters, as well, tipsters who also claimed that Connell’s life was at
risk. Stephen Spoonamore, the whistleblower who was the first—who was
the one to name Connell in the first place, also had an ear to the
inside. He’s also very connected. And all these people were saying Rove
is making threats, the White House is very worried about this case.
Also, here’s John Byrne, of RAW STORY, on Randy Cole’s dismissal of suggestions of foul play in Connell’s death. Cole is former president of Connell’s company, GovTech solutions:
The piece includes a paragraph on the weather in Akron on the night of Connell’s fatal crash:
“RAW STORY was able to secure the weather data from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) in Ashville, North Caroline. (Available here, with legend for interpreting data here). For the crash event time window between 5:35PM and approximately 6PM EST, visibility was 9-10 miles in broken cloud cover and temperatures hovered just above freezing, contradicting the 1 mile claim in the Akron Beacon Journal.”Then there's some funny business from the NY Times regarding a press release from Velvet Revolution about the story: