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  • 5minutes

    1. Gary Webb’s conclusions weren’t “proven”. What was proven was that the CIA partnered with groups that ran drugs (partnering with groups in Nicaragua that didn’t run drugs was nearly impossible). What was not proven was that the CIA started the crack epidemic. Webb’s “sources” included drug dealers who made those claims, but those claims were never proven. That’s why so many major media outlets rejected his conclusions.

    2. Ah… Rachel Carson. Claimed that DDT was going to kill off all the birds in their eggs on the planet and thus got DDT banned. Of course, it also killed mosquitoes that caused malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, and by not killing those mosquitoes, tens of millions of people have died. Birds were still mysteriously being born during the spraying of DDT, but who cares? At least we got rid of that chemical! Sure, millions of people are dead, but at least there’s less DDT, right?

    • Andrew

      DDT is also a carcinogen that greatly increases the risk or breast cancer in women who are exposed to it before puberty. Let’s not go touting Rachel Carson as some evil agenda driven harpy without looking at all the facts.

      • Bryan Crouch

        Except that Carlson was not a scientist and used propaganda and psuedo-science to push her agenda. It has been proven, through the governments and epa’s own studies, that DDT was and is not as harmful as first thought. So millions of people have died of malaria because of the first psuedo-scientist. Carlson was the start of the hysteria of the green movement. And now it has ended with the ridiculous Al Gore and the exposure of the lies told by environmentalists in order to further their political agenda and keep the millions of tax dollars flowing in.

      • 5minutes

        That was J. Gordon Edwards, who appeared in Esquire Magazine, consuming a teaspoon of DDT in 1971. That super-toxic carcinogen had massive effects on his health and he died in a quivering mass 2 seconds later, growing trees out of his ears.

        Yeah, I’m kidding. He took a teaspoon of DDT every week for the rest of his life just to prove Rachel Carson wrong and finally died in 2004 at the age of 84 from a heart attack while climbing a mountain.

        • Andrew

          Just because a chemical is a carcinogen doesn’t guarantee that a person will get cancer, millions of people smoke and not all of them die of cancer. I’m not saying she wasn’t agenda driven but the issue is not black and white. On the one hand I don’t think it’s fair to say she caused millions of people to die from maleria and I also think it would be unfair to try to claim that she saved millions of women from breast cancer.

          • Kokolo

            Well, that’s, like, your opinion, man!

          • 5minutes

            The problem is that DDT was controlling mosquitoes (the source of malaria and many, many other diseases). Her efforts to end the use of DDT (based on a ridiculous, unproven theory that all the birds would die) meant that mosquitoes weren’t going to be controlled. The result: around 3,000,000 people die every year from mosquito-borne diseases.

            She didn’t save anyone from breast cancer, either. Heavy DDT exposure does increase the risk, but a link to moderate exposure isn’t proven.

  • TriviaFan

    I would put Michael Moore on that list, like him or hate him he did bring some issues to the table.

  • Tim Wicks

    Woodward and Bernstein, what a great story. Some of these stories have not ended so well for the Muckrakers though.

    I would have thought that Julian Assange was one of the biggest of all time?