Guy Montag 
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RE: Jon Krakauer interviewed by Mark Bryant tonight:

Here's an excerpt from my April 2011 Feral Firefighter blog post about JK:

On April 17, 2011 CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired their expose of Greg Mortenson (best-selling author of “Three Cups of Tea”). Jon Krakauer (best-selling author of “Into Thin Air”) said that Mortenson tells a “beautiful story, and it’s a lie” and Mortenson “uses Central Asia Institute (CAI) as his private ATM machine.”

In response, Daniel Glick wrote that he believes “in the importance of journalism to ferret out charlatans, expose financial fraud, and hold people and institutions accountable. That said, it’s hard to believe why “60 Minutes” decided that Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute qualified on any of those fronts – much less why Jon Krakauer joined in this recent barrage.”

But, Krakauer didn’t simply “join in” with an on-going “60 Minutes” investigation. Eleven months before the broadcast, Krakauer began his own investigation, spoon-fed his story “ to “60 Minutes,” and months later timed the publication of his e-book, “Three Cups of Deceit,” to “piggy-back” on the “60 Minutes” broadcast.

Jon Krakauer was not just a “jilted crank” or “crusading do-gooder” outraged at Mortenson’s literary deceit and lax accounting practices. It appears that Krakauer was also motivated to write his “take down” of Mortenson as a publicity stunt to create the “buzz” to raise investment capital for the launch of Mark Bryant’s (an old friend) new e-publishing venture

It would be interesting if the press or audience member would interview JK and Mark Bryant about this aspect of the story.

Posted by Guy Montag on 04/20/2016 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Off to see the blizzard

Jon Krakauer blamed the Bush administration and Army for the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. However, the untold story is the cover-up was a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency protected General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death.

Note: email from Amir Bar-Lev says he was pretty hard on the Democratic Congress in "The Tillman Story".

The documents at describe how General McChrystal has been protectd by Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator James Webb (along with Senators Carl Levin and John McCain), the New York Times Reporter Thom Shanker, the Center for a New American Security's Andrew Exum, and President Obama.

It’s not surprising that after the initial cover-up fell apart, Army officers and the Bush administration lied to protect their careers. Reprehensible, but understandable. But the Democratic Congress, after they took control of both Houses in 2006, could have gone after those responsible. Or at least not promoted them!

Just before the 2006 mid-term elections, Kevin Tillman published his eloquent letter, “After Pat’s Birthday” ( Kevin hoped a Democratic Congress would bring accountability back to our country. But, just as with warrantless wiretapping and torture, those responsible for the cover-up of his brother’s friendly-fire death have never been held accountable for their actions.

Five years ago, Pat Tillman’s family were handed a tarnished Silver Star. It was a travesty of justice that General McChrystal was promoted to the Army’s highest rank, and handed his fourth star.

Posted by Guy Montag on 02/04/2010 at 1:56 PM

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