RUSSELL WARREN "RUSS" BAKER, is an American investigative journalist
. He is the author of a 2008 book,
Family of Secrets , that outlines
what it claims are connections between President George H.W. Bush and
He has had articles in a variety of publications, including The
Village Voice ,
* 1 Career
* 1.1 \'Family of Secrets\' * 1.2 Journalistic approach
* 2 Personal life * 3 References * 4 External links
After graduation from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia
University , Baker worked as a metro reporter with
In 1989, he became a New York correspondent for The Christian Science
Monitor. He also wrote for
The Village Voice
In 2002 he received a U.S. government grant to travel to
Baker is the founder and editor-in-chief of the news website WhoWhatWhy, which highlights what he describes as "a vast, secret nexus of power and money" ignored by what Baker believes is a complicit mass media. The site, described by Columbia Journalism Review as a "minnow" compared to established news sites, received approximately 600,000 unique visitors in 2015 and receives annual funding of about $400,000, according to Baker. Its Alexa rank was 209,786 as of July 2016. The organization has a staff of about 40, not including volunteers.
Baker has been on the adjunct faculty of the Columbia University
Graduate School of Journalism and was a contributing editor to the
Columbia Journalism Review
In March 2010, he appeared before the "Treason in America
Conference," a gathering of Sept. 11 truthers. Baker said the 9/11
commission had “no credibility,” and "sounded open to the
possibility that 9/11 was an inside job." In 2014 he addressed a
conference of the Assassination Archives and Research Center on the
"role of the
Warren Commission on the cover-up." He has appeared
Coast to Coast AM
\'FAMILY OF SECRETS\'
Main article: Family of Secrets
In his 2008 book
Family of Secrets , Baker outlines alleged historic
connections between the
Family of Secrets contends that the first President Bush became an
intelligence agent in his teenage years and was later at the center of
a plot to assassinate Kennedy that included his father, Prescott Bush
, Vice President
Lyndon B. Johnson
The book received scathing reviews. Writing in the Los Angeles Times , media critic Tim Rutten called the book a "dispiriting tome" that was an example of "paranoid literature." He said that Baker "recklessly impugns, in the most disgusting possible way, the reputations not simply of men and women now dead, but of the living," Rutten said that though George H.W. Bush was not likely to sue for libel, using a "tissue of innuendo, illogical inference, circumstance and guilt by tenuous association -- as Baker does in this book -- to indict rhetorically anyone, let alone a former chief executive, of an infamous murder is a reprehensible calumny."
In a January 2015 profile, Boston magazine said that over the past decade, "Baker has abandoned the mainstream media and become a key player on the fringe, walking that murky line between conventional investigative journalist and wild-eyed conspiracy theorist." Baker has raised questions about the Boston Marathon bombings, and "is not willing to rule out the possibility that the bombings were a false-flag operation conducted or permitted by elements of the American government in order to justify the Homeland Security complex.” He argues that FBI recruited the Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev as an agent or informant, which the FBI has categorically denied.
Boston said "it would be a lot easier to dismiss Baker as a nut and move on if it weren’t for his three decades of award-winning investigative-reporting experience."
Baker says he focuses on "deep politics" and engages in "forensic
journalism" in which he digs deeper into stories than the mainstream
media . Journalist
Rutten said that Baker once may have been a serious and talented journalist but became “mesmerized by the idea of secrets and the Great Seduction. It causes you to lose your perspective and balance.”
Baker grew up in
Baker has declined to disclose his age, marital status, names of family members, or "anything that would make him more vulnerable to covert surveillance, intimidation, or worse." He also declines to state where he lives or works because he does “sensitive investigative work” and doesn't want people showing up at his door.
* ^ A B C D Rutten, Tim (January 7, 2009). "\'Family of Secrets\' by Russ Baker". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2015. * ^ "Stories by Russ Baker". Alternet. Retrieved 15 July 2016. * ^ A B C D E F G H I J Gabler, Neal (March 1, 2016). "The world according to Russ Baker". Columbia Journalism Review. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. Retrieved July 5, 2016. * ^ A B C D E F G H I Schreckinger, Ben (January 2015). "Boston Isn’t Strong. Boston Is Scared Sh*tless.". Boston Magazine. Retrieved 11 March 2015. * ^ Baker, Russ (May 6, 2002). "I\'m The Other Guy". The New York Times . * ^ “
* RussBaker.com, about Russ Baker * WhoWhatWhy.org, the news website of The Real News Project
* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 51165153 * ISNI : 0000 0001 1062 1183 * SUDOC :