Propaganda Press Flailing over Amelia Earhart


Here we go again.  In what looks for all the world like desperation on the part of our national opinion molding apparatus, they’ve revived the story that some bones and parts of a skull found in 1940 on the small remote island of Nikumaroro (Gardner Island) belonged to the famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, who was lost in the Pacific, along with navigator Fred Noonan, on a trip around the world in 1937.  Those bones had been examined long ago and it was determined that they belonged to a male who was shorter than Earhart and have long since been lost, but now, would you believe, through the miracle of modern computer techniques, a single professor emeritus “expert” is telling us that those lost bones were almost certainly Amelia Earhart’s.  On top of that, this new “discovery” got saturation coverage right across the permitted political spectrum from Fox News to National Public Radio.


Just on the face of it, you might think that this was some kind of experiment to test the limits of the gullibility of the American public.  Anyone with an ounce of gumption can see that what the guy is telling us is preposterous. What’s really happening is that the official story that Earhart and Noonan simply got lost and, running out of gas, either plunged into the ocean or got marooned on that island where they crash landed, is finally completely falling apart—thanks in large measure to the dogged work of Mike Campbell, author of Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last—and they’re now pulling out all the stops in a last-gasp effort to salvage it.  The major precipitating event for this new story was likely the announcement coming out of Saipan, located very near to the U.S. territory of Guam, that plans are afoot to erect a monument there to Earhart, because that is where she died as a captive of the Japanese. The biggest problem with that for the establishment protectors of the giant falsehood about Earhart’s demise is that the monument planners see the Earhart monument, to be located near their international airport, as a tourist attraction for the island.  It would be sort of like the tourist attracton of the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, with the big exception being that the Earhart monument would be based upon historical fact while the Anne Frank story is, from the best evidence, historical fiction.  Imagine how effective such a monument would be for bypassing the establishment opinion molders over the long haul.


Starting on the left of the permitted political spectrum among the floggers of the incredible new story, we find National Public Radio.   If you didn’t know before how thoroughly dishonest that news operation is, please notice that they make reference to the recent History Channel special that featured a photograph that purported to show Earhart and Noonan on a dock on Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands and link that to its supposed debunking by a Japanese blogger.  What they don’t do is to make any mention of the subsequent debunking of the “debunker” by the Marshall Islands authorities, which is the subject of my article, “’Earhart Photo’ Debunker Debunked?”  NPR, like the rest of the mainstream press, dummied up about that:


One example of the dummying up is particularly poignant to me since it has some connection to my own formal education.  Back in March, my alma mater Davidson College (which also happens to be the alma mater of the late Clinton White House counsel, Vince Foster) offered a free online two-week course on the subject of fake news.  One of their contributing “experts” was National Public Radio (NPR) reporter Camila Domonoske, also a Davidson graduate.  Here we can watch one of her contributions to the course, explaining why the “fake news” term has almost lost all meaning. 


She makes some good points, but I think we can agree, though, that if the Marshall Islands officials are correct, the widely disseminated report that the key photograph in the History Channel Earhart presentation had to have been made in 1935 or before is not true. That is to say, what was widely reported as news has turned out to be, in fact, fake news. 


As it happens, the reporter who put out this fake news for NPR online very quickly in the wake of the story from The Guardian was young Camila Domonoske, herself.  I can find no indication online that NPR or The Guardian or any other news organ has retracted its Japanese-debunker story or has clarified it in any way in light of the latest Marshall Islands revelations, so we may now accuse them all of trading in fake news on the disappearance of Amelia Earhart.


The Washington Post with its big Earhart story also made reference to the History Channel special and its supposed subsequent debunking, without mentioning the further revelations from the Marshall Islands.  It should be clear at this point that the whole History Channel hullabaloo was a set-up and that they already had their “debunking” information in hand, or they would have never run the story about the photograph in the first place. 


With this latest story, the propagandists are returning to the familiar pattern of “experts,” often wielding computer models, versus citizen eyewitnesses.  Some outstanding examples of this genre come readily to mind, the first being that of TWA 800.  Scores of witnesses saw a missile streaking up toward the airplane, but the CIA produced a computer-generated video that purported to show how the stricken airplane itself soared upward after an internal explosion, somehow fooling all the witnesses, and that was the story that the public was told.  ABC News in 2003 turned to experts with computers to “prove” that all those people who heard or saw shots fired from the area of the grassy knoll and the witnesses to JFK’s autopsy were all wrong.  More recently the hotshots at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) trotted out a computer simulation to show us that the 9/11 controlled demolition of Building 7 that we can all see clearly was not that at all, but a spontaneous building collapse caused by a small fire in one corner of the building.  And in a much lesser known case, with no computer use involved, the authorities and the press were able to conceal the likely assassination of the great Trappist monk, Thomas Merton, by simply concealing the observations of key witnesses in far off Thailand, where the death occurred.  Hugh Turley and I have uncovered that witness testimony in our new book, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: An Investigation.  Then, of course, there’s the infamous USS Liberty attack, where all the witnesses are on one side and the official government conclusion is on the other.


Mike Campbell and Les Kinney Close Ranks


In the Earhart case what we have is numerous witnesses who saw Earhart and Noonan, and their airplane and even Earhart’s briefcase, on Saipan, where the aviators were brought after their capture in the Marshall Islands far to the east, and more witnesses who saw them in the Marshall Islands ranged against a group of phony “experts” who fashion themselves as The International Group for Historical Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR).  Here’s a sample of what Mike Campbell has to say about that outfit’s latest work:


The claim that Amelia Earhart’s bones were found on Nikumaroro has been long discredited and exposed as fraudulent; this idea is nothing but more hype and fake news from TIGHAR and their media toadies across the mainstream media.  Further, this latest media blitz has surely been coordinated by those in Washington who do not want to see an Earhart memorial on Saipan, and such is their anger that they have activated more than the usual handful of media organizations to spread the latest TIGHAR manure across the land. The timing is too coincidental to be anything else.  This new installment of the “lost bones” lie is nothing more than a thinly veiled response to the recent announcement about the plans to build the Saipan Earhart Memorial Monument.


Weasel words like “could have,” “likely” and “99 percent probability” season the latest recycled TIGHAR trash, but at bottom, it’s nothing but smoke, mirrors and lies, as usual, from TIGHAR and those in the media who aid and abet their phony schemes.  I ask those who believe in real science — not discredited fantasies like “remote viewing” — to study the facts that Earhart researchers have complied for nearly 60 years, and you cannot come to any other conclusion than Amelia and Fred Noonan’s tragic and unnecessary deaths on Saipan.


Murderers are sent to their executions daily on the smallest fraction of the evidence presented in several books since Fred Goerner’s 1966 bestseller “The Search for Amelia Earhart” solidly established the presence and deaths of Earhart and Fred Noonan on Saipan following their loss in July 1937, and inspired thousands of Americans to demand action from Congress to reveal the truth, which was thoroughly ignored. The additional mountain of evidence I present in “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” and in my blog, to support the Marshalls and Saipan truth brings together Goerner’s work and that of several other fine researchers and leaves no other conclusion than Saipan. If TIGHAR had the tiniest molecule of this evidence to support their false claims, the Earhart “mystery,” would have been declared “solved” decades ago.


The major problem with the Earhart story is that the American public has been told unceasingly for 80 years that her disappearance is a “great aviation mystery,” to the point that this canard has become part of our cultural furniture, blindly accepted without question by nearly everyone.  In fact, the U.S. government knows exactly what happened to the fliers and simply refuses to admit it. I will not expand on this basic truth here, however, as anyone unafraid to learn the truth can easily find it. Although the truth about the Earhart disappearance is a sacred cow in Washington, it’s also an open secret, available to anyone who desires to find, learn and understand.


Les Kinney is the researcher who found the controversial photograph in the National Archives that he says, in contrast with Campbell, show Earhart and Noonan on Jaluit Atoll.  He takes apart the latest TIGHAR claims a good deal more comprehensively than does Campbell.  His observations can be read at “Les Kinney joins the ‘Truth at Last’ conversation, Shreds TIGHAR’s latest false Earhart claims” at Mike Campbell’s web site.


David Martin

March 15, 2018


See also: “Hillary Clinton and the Amelia Earhart Cover-up,” “Amelia Earhart Truth Versus the Establishment,” “Press Touts Dubious Earhart Photo,” “Earhart Photo Story Apparently Debunked,” “’Earhart Photo’ Debunker Debunked?” and “Wikipedia’s Greatest Misses.”  




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