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The New York City medical examiner issued this ruling about the death of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein: “Cause: Hanging. Manner: Suicide.” The various questions surrounding his death were not answered–including the broken hyoid bone, which is usually considered forensic evidence for strangulation instead of hanging–leading to plans, particularly on the part of Epstein’s lawyers, for new investigations.
For the most part, though, the news media has been accepting the official accounts at face value, labeling concerns that Epstein might have been murdered–perhaps at the behest of one of the powerful individuals he might have implicated in his sex crimes–as “conspiracy theories.”
Peggy - Noonan - Column - School - Journalism
Peggy Noonan has written a funny and provocative column contrasting old school journalism, with its aggressive digging for facts, with today’s relatively supine and politically correct journalism. She channels the voice of Mike McAlary (1957-1998), one of those hard-bitten blue collar reporters with a whiskey bottle in the drawer of his desk, who contrasts with the New Class culturally elite journalists of today.
Read it all, but here is a sample of how the old-school reporter would approach the Epstein story:
Story - Everything - Wealth - Power - Darkness
I’m thinking but this is the story with everything. Wealth, power, darkness. Princes and presidents. People with secrets. Rumors of spying. Even an English aristo moll on the lam.
He’s the most famous prisoner in America! They put him in a jail, where he supposedly tries to kill himself. So they move him to a special cell, heavily guarded 24/7. Don’t worry, he’s safe, he’s gonna face the music!
Dawn - Saturday - August - Everyone - City
Then dawn on a Saturday in high August. Everyone important is away. It’s an entire city run by the second string—novices, kids and pension-bumpers at the police desk, the news desk, the hospital. It breaks like sudden thunder: Epstein is dead, he committed suicide in his cell!
And then, like, silence. Thunder’s followed by fog.
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