“There’s no there there.”
That’s what one of the first Mint Press employees in Minnesota told me last week. Their phone was disconnected. Their original office address in Plymouth MN “hasn’t been valid in well over a year.” While Mint Press listed 20 of its writers, a local reporter complained they did not indicate where the money was “coming from to pay any of them.”
They say it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up. It doesn’t get any sketchier than uber-mysterious Mint Press News. Exposing them to a little Minneapolis sunshine is a civic duty.
“Odeh Muhawesh is an award-winning scholar and business leader from Minnesota. He has founded several companies that have created thousands of jobs in Minnesota.”
“Created thousands of jobs in Minnesota?” Name fifty. 50 names out of thousands shouldn’t be difficult.
A sincere mea culpa
Unfortunately, I was wrong speculating about possible ties the Minnesota operation might have with the place that—more than any other— deserves the title Sin City of Florida.
Which sucks. Especially since I’m the one who discovered she lived there. Still, I learned last night, and in the most personal way possible, that the fact that Whitney Webb is from Sarasota has nothing to do with Mint Press’ status as a dummy front company.
They say life is full of little ironies. This one could not have felt more real. One of my oldest friends—whose judgment I trust—is a noted publisher who is just now negotiating to bring out Whitney Webb’s first book.
Friend and colleague Kris Milligan is someone I’ve watched with pride for 20 years as he’s become the “Lawrence Ferlinghetti of the Willamette Valley.”
He’s already published two books on Epstein-like crime, including the classic ‘Franklin Cover-up.’ It’s his area, as they say in Hollywood, at least one of them, and last night he told me he thinks Ms. Webb has the best analysis of the case.
I want to plead extenuating circumstances. But I won’t. When you’re wrong you’re wrong.
I regret the error.
But not about Mint Press News.
It used to be called Operation Mockingbird. It was a large-scale program of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) begun in the early 1950s that manipulated the news media, mostly by buying journalists surreptitious.
Back then it funded student groups, cultural organizations, and magazines and publishing companies as front organizations. What does it fund now? Faux Left websites?
Remember Jack Abramoff? He used to sponsor Institutes, Foundations, and political think tanks, “bringing great minds together from all over the globe” under the “high-power directorship” of childhood friends, one a yoga instructor, the other a lifeguard on the Delaware shore.
They were exposed in Senate Hearings as vehicles used to launder money through bank accounts of Tom DeLay cronies and former aides, with little pretense to philanthropy.
Odeh’s bio waxed euphoric over a Business Leadership Award received by Odeh.
It was from Tom DeLay.