David Martin’s (DCDave.com) work is well-known to regular readers of this blog. The award-winning writer and retired federal economist reviewed both editions of The Truth at Last, “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” in August 2012, and “Amelia Earhart Truth Versus the Establishment“ in May 2016.
Last summer, Martin helped clarify the confused mess surrounding the media’s relationship to the bogus claims that attached to the History Channel’s presentation of the 1930s-era Office of Naval Intelligence photo of the dock at Jaluit, in which Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan were mistakenly identified, writing three pieces focusing on the History Channel’s odious July 5 Earhart special,“Press Touts Dubious Earhart Photo,” “Earhart Photo Story Apparently Debunked,” and “’Earhart Photo’ Debunker Debunked?” On July 13 on this blog, I wrote, “As usual, Dave Martin sees the truth in Earhart story,” followed by “Martin’s analysis continues to bolster Earhart truth“ on Aug. 4.
Earlier this month, Martin teamed with Hugh Turley to publish their groundbreaking book on the 1968 death of the famed Catholic monk and mystic Thomas Merton, whose sudden demise in a Thailand hotel has been unanimously accepted as accidental electrocution by an electric fan. The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation claims that a “careful examination of the official record, including crime scene photographs that the authors have found that the investigating police in Thailand never saw, and from reading the letters of witnesses, they have discovered that the accidental electrocution conclusion is totally false,” and leaves no doubt that Merton was murdered, likely by an element of the U.S. deep state — another cover-up, another sacred cow exposed, another important book to which the establishment media will never direct the public.
Today we present Martin’s commentary on the most recent attempt by our trusted media to resurrect TIGHAR’s snake oil that recently made such distracting noise in all corners of our corrupt media establishment. An edited version of this piece was also published in the March 19 edition of the Marianas Variety. All boldface and shading is the editor’s.
“Propaganda Press Flailing over Amelia Earhart”
By David Martin
Here we go again. In what looks for all the world like desperation on the part of our national opinion molding apparatus, they’ve revived the story that some bones and parts of a skull found in 1940 on the small remote island of Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) belonged to the famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, who was lost in the Pacific, along with navigator Fred Noonan, on a trip around the world in 1937. Those bones had been examined long ago and it was determined that they belonged to a male who was shorter than Earhart and have long since been lost, but now, would you believe, through the miracle of modern computer techniques, a single professor emeritus “expert” is telling us that those lost bones were almost certainly Amelia Earhart’s. On top of that, this new “discovery” got saturation coverage right across the permitted political spectrum from Fox News to National Public Radio.
Just on the face of it, you might think that this was some kind of experiment to test the limits of the gullibility of the American public. Anyone with an ounce of gumption can see that what the guy is telling us is preposterous. What’s really happening is that the official story that Earhart and Noonan simply got lost and, running out of gas, either plunged into the ocean or got marooned on that island where they crash landed, is finally completely falling apart—thanks in large measure to the dogged work of Mike Campbell, author of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last—and they’re now pulling out all the stops in a last-gasp effort to salvage it. The major precipitating event for this new story was likely the announcement coming out of Saipan, located very near to the U.S. territory of Guam, that plans are afoot to erect a monument there to Earhart, because that is where she died as a captive of the Japanese.
The biggest problem with that for the establishment protectors of the giant falsehood about Earhart’s demise is that the monument planners see the Earhart monument, to be located near their international airport, as a tourist attraction for the island. It would be sort of like the tourist attraction of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, with the big exception being that the Earhart monument would be based upon historical fact while the Anne Frank story is, from the best evidence, historical fiction. Imagine how effective such a monument would be for bypassing the establishment opinion molders over the long haul.
Starting on the left of the permitted political spectrum among the floggers of the incredible new story, we find National Public Radio. If you didn’t know before how thoroughly dishonest that news operation is, please notice that they make reference to the recent History Channel special [aired July 5, 2017] that featured a photograph that purported to show Earhart and Noonan on a dock on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands and link that to its supposed debunking by a Japanese blogger. What they don’t do is to make any mention of the subsequent debunking of the “debunker” by the Marshall Islands authorities, which is the subject of my article, “’Earhart Photo’ Debunker Debunked?” NPR, like the rest of the mainstream press, dummied up about that.
One example of the dummying up is particularly poignant to me since it has some connection to my own formal education. Back in March, my alma mater Davidson College (which also happens to be the alma mater of the late Clinton White House counsel, Vince Foster) offered a free online two-week course on the subject of fake news. One of their contributing “experts” was National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Camila Domonoske, also a Davidson graduate. Here we can watch one of her contributions to the course, explaining why the “fake news” term has almost lost all meaning.
She makes some good points, but I think we can agree, though, that if the Marshall Islands officials are correct, the widely disseminated report that the key photograph in the History Channel Earhart presentation had to have been made in 1935 or before is not true. That is to say, what was widely reported as news has turned out to be, in fact, fake news.
As it happens, the reporter who put out this fake news for NPR online very quickly in the wake of the story from The Guardian was young Camila Domonoske, herself. I can find no indication online that NPR or The Guardian or any other news organ has retracted its Japanese-debunker story or has clarified it in any way in light of the latest Marshall Islands revelations, so we may now accuse them all of trading in fake news on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.
The Washington Post with its big Earhart story also made reference to the History Channel special and its supposed subsequent debunking, without mentioning the further revelations from the Marshall Islands. It should be clear at this point that the whole History Channel hullabaloo was a set-up and that they already had their “debunking” information in hand, or they would have never run the story about the photograph in the first place.
To read the rest of Martin’s piece on TIGHAR’s latest blather, please click here.
Early reports from Saipan are not encouraging regarding donations for the Earhart Memorial Monument. Please send any amount, large or small, to help support this important initiative. If you care about the truth, your help is desperately needed to make this dream a reality. I can’t address each one of you by name, but I always respond to every legitimate email you send. Without your help, the memorial’s failure is inevitable. Please make your check payable to: Amelia Earhart Memorial Monument, Inc., and send to AEMMI, c/o Marie S. Castro, P.O. Box 500213, Saipan MP 96950. All donors will receive a letter of appreciation from the Saipan Earhart Memorial Committee. Thank you.