Taming the Media: George Lardner

You’re mostly on your own.

Washington Post investigative reporter George Lardner, Jr. at Investigating Power:


George Lardner Jr. worked as an investigative reporter at The Washington Post for more than 40 years, where he covered beats from Congress and the White House, the FBI and the CIA, to Mafia trials, political assassinations and civil rights.

He also covered a lot of Department of Defense stories, such as DIA’s top secret news network, mistakes like allowing arms shipments to slip through to North Korea in early 1992, JFK, the grassy knoll shot{s}, and more.

Government Technology, “Blind Justice: The Murder of Kristin Lardner,” Wayne Hanson, 29 February 1996:


George Lardner Jr., an investigative reporter for the Washington Post — working in his office on a Saturday — was about to be dragged into the pit of a parent’s worst nightmare. “I was getting some things together for a trip,” he said. “The phone rang, I picked it up and all I heard was sobbing. It was my daughter Helen. She shouted at me, ‘Dad come home right away.’ I could hear my wife Rosemary crying in the background. I said ‘What’s wrong?’ Helen finally said, ‘It’s Kristin, she’s been shot and killed.’

On May 30, 1992, shortly after Kristin [Lardner] obtained a permanent restraining order, Cartier accosted her near her workplace and asked her to go out with him. She refused, and as she walked away, he shot her in the head. She fell to the sidewalk. Cartier ran away, but returned a short time later and shot her twice more, then went to his apartment and killed himself.

Lardner, grieving and stunned by the murder of his daughter, began to investigate Cartier’s past. What he found was a man with a three-page arrest record. A man who — even though convicted of multiple offenses and four felonies, who repeatedly beat women, violated restraining orders and conditions of probation — had somehow managed to avoid all but a few months in jail.

Okay, I’ll help.

Lardner went on to win a Pulitzer over his investigation of the failures of the justice system and largely about the lack of communication between various law enforcement entities. His defense and intelligence work was derailed for some time as a result of this change in focus, including authoring a book on the subject.

Again, MKULTRA subproject 119, authorized in 1960, after substantial hypnosis research in the 1950s, and–at the very least–tracking of the Soviet version of “telecontrol” since the early 1980s. And let’s not forget the additional MKULTRA revelations coming out of the human radiation experiments hearings.

It’s situations like these that make you sometimes excuse some in the mainstream media. Like the FBI spokesman said regarding leaving law enforcement behind, “Good things happen when we focus on terrorism instead of law enforcement” or whatever the quote was.

The flip side being…?


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