After five days and publication of this blog post, Smithsonian mag approves my Earhart comment

As if we need more evidence that Smithsonian magazine is among the vanguard in the U.S. government-media complex’s ongoing program of deceit in the Earhart disappearance, the following is submitted for your information.  (Boldface and italics emphasis mine throughout.)

On Aug. 2 a reader sent me the link to the Smithsonian’s July 31, 2019 screed, Why the Much-Publicized Mission to Find Amelia Earhart’s Plane Is Likely to Come Up Empty,subheaded, “The explorer who discovered the ‘Titanic’ is searching for the lost aviator.  A Smithsonian curator doesn’t think he’ll find it.”

Here we have the incompetent advising the accomplished and misguided.  Dorothy Cochrane, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space curator, has taken over from Tom Crouch as that institution’s selected mouthpiece about all things Earhart, but this is the same gibberish we heard from Crouch, and will continue to hear from the Smithsonian until Judgment Day.  We know that the famed Bob Ballard, who found the Titanic, is out of his depth in the Earhart search, but we certainly don’t need an overpaid PR hack to tell us why.

The January 2015 issue of Smithsonian magazine, with its classic photo of Amelia and the standard shyster hype about “new clues” that aren’t new or clues, but the usual flat-out lies glorified as mainstream “theories.”

The author of the current Smithsonian drivel, one Brigit Katz, writes thatDorothy Cochrane, a curator at the aeronautics department of the Air and Space Museum, doubts that the upcoming expedition to Nikumaroro, will turn up any tangible signs of Earhart’s plane.  It’s highly unlikely, she says, that Earhart and Noonan ever ended up on the island.

Cochrane, who in a better world would be arrested for impersonating an Earhart expert, is right about that, but not for any legitimate or coherent reason.  In her government-apologist role, Cochrane remains stuck back in July 1937, connected at the hip to the Navy-Coast Guard verdict that the Earhart Electra landed on the water within 120 miles of Howland Island — volumes of evidence to the contrary be damned.  

As a trusted, highly placed representative of the U.S. establishment, that’s her story and she’s sticking to it, just as her predecessor so stubbornly did.  But does the reality-challenged Cochrane really believe the garbage that she’s forced to disgorge by her masters, given, that is, that she’s ever read anything at all except her marching orders?

The “crashed-and-sank” canard, a natural assumption without a single trace of supporting evidence in 1937, was soon overwhelmed by evidence and events, including the 1944 discovery of the Earhart Electra in a hangar on Saipan, if not long before.  “Crashed and sank” became so ludicrous and untenable by the mid-1980s that it forced the Powers That Be to commandeer the current Earhart lie, the only slightly less ridiculous Nikumaroro theory, dressed up as a “hypothesis,” by its TIGHAR proponents.

Unknown to most, the Nikumaroro fiasco is itself a third-hand idea initially conceived by famed inventor Fred Hooven, who presented his research paper, Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight at the Amelia Earhart Symposium at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum in June 1982.  Hooven called it the “McKean-Gardner Island landing theory,” but was later convinced by Fred Goerner that Amelia and Fred Noonan could not have possibly landed there.  (See Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, pages 56, 303 and 304 for more.)

Note also that unlike the National Geographic story touting Ballard’s upcoming visit to Nikumaroro, which mentioned Saipan in passing, the Smithsonian story assiduously avoids anything that hints at the hated truth. 

Though Jerry Adler’s January 2015 Smithsonian cover story,Will the Search for Amelia Earhart Ever End?,attacked and attempted to undermine Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last with a flotilla of lies, at least Smithsonian editors referenced the book along with their litany of falsehoods.  I responded appropriately, with a 5,000-word rebuttal, Smithsonian mag throws “Truth at Last” a bone: Says, “it’s possible . . . Campbell is on to something, that I hope you will take the time to read, if you haven’t already.

According to the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum’s website, “Dorothy Cochrane curates the collections of general aviation aircraft; flight materiel (specifically personal, business, and utility production aircraft); aerial cameras; and the history of general aviation and women in aviation.”  Not included is the fact that she also spreads government-approved disinformation about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart at every opportunity.

The below was my second of three attempts to post my comment on Aug. 2, despite being convinced it had no chance for approval:

Why did you delete my below comment, as if I don’t know that you are among the leaders in the campaign to keep the masses ignorant about the truth in the Earhart disappearance?  I think I’ll do a blog post about this.  If you change your mind, you can delete this paragraph and post the original as sent.  Fat chance.

The very idea of the “Earhart Mystery” in itself is one of the most enduring lies of the 20th, and now 21st century.  Neither Nikumaroro nor Crashed and Sank have a shred of evidence to support them, while Earhart’s landing at Mili Atoll in the Marshalls and later death on Saipan are supported by mountains of evidence in the forms of eyewitness and witness accounts, letters, documents, and the words of three flag officers — Adm. Chester Nimitz and Generals Graves Erskine and Alexander A. Vandegrift — and much more, attesting to the presence and deaths of Earhart and Fred Noonan on Saipan.

For more, please see

Mike Campbell
Jacksonville, Fla.

According to my Discus account profile, the above comment was in Pending status until about 7 p.m. Saturday night, Aug. 3, when it unceremoniously disappeared without explanation, as did the others.  But on the afternoon of the next day, Aug. 4, the comments mysteriously showed again as Pending.

Monday, Aug. 5 has now passed and my comment has been pending for four days.  Instead of rejecting my comments outright, the Smithsonian magazine editors have chosen to do nothing, a non-action that seems quite appropriate for these unsavory characters.  While permanent pending status is the same as deletion or rejection, I do wonder how long they’ll wait before actually deleting it — like cowardly thieves hiding and waiting for the coast to clear.  Or could this post shame them into finally approving it?  Not if they have no shame, which has pretty well been established.  Be sure I will keep you updated.

I’m not a lawyer, but it occurs to me that as a publication of the U.S. government, the Smithsonian magazine’s editors, by not allowing my comment to stand, are in direct violation of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

General Alexander A. Vandegrift, eighteenth commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, confirmed Amelia Earhart’s death on Saipan in an August 1971 letter to Fred Goerner.  Vandegrift wrote that he learned from Marine Gen. Tommy Watson, who commanded the 2nd Marine Division during the assault on Saipan and died in 1966, that “Miss Earhart met her death on Saipan.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo.)

The comment of publisher Doug Westfall, whose Special Booksa vanity press that has historically provided a platform for authors with certifiably crackpot ideas about the Earhart case, was allowed to stand.  This isn’t surprising, since Westfall’s statement is an insipid, meaningless aside, promoting another lunatic fringe theory that only serves to militate against anyone taking legitimate research about the Earhart matter seriously.  The Smithsonian magazine is quite happy to publish comments such as Westfall’s, as it makes their own propaganda sound less absurd:

I whole-heartedly [sic] agree.  They are looking in the wrong place! (Salah to Indiana in Raiders of the Lost Arc [sic].)  We published William Snavely’s book, Tracking Amelia Earhart and he shows how she turned back and splash landed off Buka Island — see the map in this article.  As well, he found a plane.  Smithsonian Magazine published Snavely’s story in the January 2015 issue.  Since then there have been two more dives.

So what?  People go diving all the time.  “He found a plane,” Westfall says, but he doesn’t tell you it wasn’t Earhart’s.  Westfall has always been part of the problem, and neither he nor Snavely even bothered to put Tracking Amelia Earhart on, where 30 million books are available in the world’s largest book marketplace — such is their confidence in their unsellable fish wrapper.  

Lies and Deceit: Thy names are Legion.  Thy names are the American Media.

UPDATE: At about 3 p.m. Aug. 7, I see that my comments, all three, have gone up on the Smithsonian page.  A considerate editor would have deleted two of them, because they are all the same with one slight exception, but consideration is the last thing I expect from them.  I’ve now changed the headline on this post accordingly.


13 responses

  1. I have also made comments on the Nautilus Live Facebook post showing Dr. Ballard’s photo, and the link to the NatGeo hype story. It’s still there last time I checked and no one has given me a Like or other expression. I really wonder if it was shown to Dr. Ballard or his NatGeo cronies? Is so, they now have my name. Also noteworthy to mention, is the fact that although the general public will not get to see the livestream from the Nautilus as they explore around Nikumaroro starting this week, hundreds of others will see it, by tuning in on a private Internet server. And if you lucky enough to be at the GSO, Rhode Island, you just might be able to talk your way into the Mission Control room. Anyone here close to Rhode Island?

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  2. Near the end of the 20th century, I experienced a period of unemployment. During that time, I attended monthly support group meetings for unemployed people over 50 years old, sponsored by Fairfax County, VA. A fellow attendee was a quite educated and sophisticated guy who had been a classical music radio deejay and after that had worked at the Smithsonian. He told me that the Smithsonian was so thoroughly laced with CIA people that it would be accurate to call it a CIA operation. It looks like we now have some more supporting evidence for what he observed.

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  3. Evidently, Ms.Cochrane has never heard of or is deliberately ignoring the Longs’ ill fated attempts to scour the ocean bottom for Amelia’s plane. Another fiasco and incredible waste of money, like the upcoming Ballard expedition.

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  4. Just reading all of this makes me very angry. It’s sad that the TRUTH is out there in black and white but is still sequestered by dark forces in the government and CIA. You would think those spooks would have died off a long time ago, but new ones continuously come out of the rat holes. Just look at what they tried to do to Trump.

    Mike, what about sending/forwarding those Smithsonian emails to Bob Ballard. I wonder if he really knows what happened to AE….if he read your book and got on this blog…..he might change his opinion about the whole matter. These guys are in it for the money and fame…..they don’t understand that FDR was up to his eyeballs in lies and deceits about AE. The American people need to know that AE died on Saipan at the hands of the Japanese military…., they need to know that FDR knew all about this and did not try to get her back….. they need to know that senior naval officers and CIA operatives knew all about AE’s capture and death on Saipan…….they need to know that FDR sent a telegram to destroy her plane sitting in a hangar on Saipan after the war ended….. they need to know and understand why the Marshall Islands printed commemorative stamps about AE……they need to know that citizens on Saipan are currently raising money to build a memorial monument to AE.

    And Bob Ballard needs to know this stuff, too. We need somebody to come forward and do a documentary based on your book, so the TRUTH does get out.

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    1. Sandy,

      Thanks for your interest and support, as always. Mike Bennett has already sent an informational comment to the website under the Earhart-Ballard section, with no responses at all, to my knowledge. But Ballard isn’t stupid, and I’m certain he’s well aware of the things you list in your message. He’s simply not interested in the truth, no need to expand much on that here.

      I don’t have his direct email, but do have a contact with direct access to his team. He’s asked Ballard all these things, and we continue to wait for any cogent answers. I don’t expect any. The truth is an orphan in the Earhart matter, sad to say, as in so many others as well.


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    2. Totally agree Sandy. For those of us who believe in Truth, we need to keep up the fight. If each of us pushes the organizations we are involved with into hosting Mike and his story, we chip away at the fraud. For example, I’m now pushing the diving industry organization DEMA, to host Mike at their upcoming big event in Orlando this November. Just how far I get remains to be seen. But as Dr. Ballard has said many times…Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Pray for me.

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  5. It’s a darn shame that the Ninety-Nines have not supported the REAL TRUTH….AE was one of their founders and First President back in 1929……they could have used their annual convention to spout the REAL TRUTH to the media….they owe it to AE and they are nothing but a bunch of cowards!!….if I were a current member, I would resign in protest.

    It’s too bad Mike’s book was not featured on C-Span….a lot of book reviews done there. That would have helped get the word out about the UGLY TRUTH!!

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    1. Sandy,

      Only one group of 99s has ever supported the truth, and that was the Kansas Chapter, led by Kay Alley, in 2014, when they invited me to Wichita to address the bi-annual meeting of the South Central Ninety Nines, which covered eight states. I felt my presentation was well received, but since then, nothing from the Ninety-Nines. I’ve had direct contact with their leadership and it’s just as you say, they are complete establishment lemmings and cowards who refuse to deal with the truth. It’s awful, frankly, just pathetic.


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  6. Reblogged this on What’s All This, Then? and commented:
    This is ludicrous in the extreme. The Smithsonian has lost my trust for good.

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    1. William H. Trail | Reply

      Friend, I completely agree. Once trust is gone, it is gone. When an individual or organization lies and is deceitful, irregardless of the size, scope, or importance of the matter, that individual or organization forfeits all trust and confidence forever. They can never be trusted again, and anything they say thereafter is suspect and subject to increased scrutiny and verification.

      As for the Smithsonian Institution, I have to ask, what else are they not telling the truth about?

      All best,


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  7. Mike,

    I cannot add anything to the above — which is awesome and dead-on — except to say, as a life-long commercial pilot who has been around this 85-year block a few times, and whose head was bloodied more than once by butting it against Establishment Goons dedicated to the perpetuation of Goon-hood in high places, that I am glad to finally find a group dedicated to the same love-of-truth-at-any-cost.

    This posting, Mike, is beyond superb. It is like a thunderstorm in a dry desert — the desert may not change, but the water is welcomed. Please know that while many of us are not as articulate as you, we are dedicated to the truth you are presenting. Keep up the good work with my sincere thanks and blessing.

    Capt Cal

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    1. Calvin,

      You are a kind and generous gentleman! Praise such as this from such a great aviator as yourself helps ease the pain of a thousand rejections and the hate of the naysayers and renews me despite the seeming hopelessness of our quest. Please know how much your words and support are always appreciated!

      Your loyal friend,


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  8. Stuart R Brownstein | Reply

    Way to go Mike ! Love you ! Keep up the great work, my friend ! Be well !
    Stuart !

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