It's embarrassing enough that Wayne Madsen, whom I have so long admired, would take for granted that the Orlando shooting was real on the basis of third-hand reports (by his neighbors based upon what they hear from their children about what other kids had told them), but for him to also dismiss research on JFK with which he has no familiarity at all is beyond the bounds of rationality. Here is the email that I sent in response to learning about his remarks, to which I have received no reply as yet--and may in fact never receive one. When someone who takes himself so seriously is caught with his pants down, it requires a great deal of integrity to acknowledge that you were wrong and to apologize for the offense, which in this case are multiple intellectual ones that go beyond ordinary mistakes and qualify as blunders:
I am a bit taken aback by some remarks you made
regarding Orlando and my research. You claim to
have neighbors who have kids who have friends
who died there. Do you know their names? Have
you seen their death certificates? Did you read
their obituaries? Since you are diligent in your
research, have you read the book I edited about
Orlando entitled FROM ORLANDO TO DALLAS
AND BEYOND (2016)? I am sure you would not
want to be talking off the top of your head without
doing the requisite research. Send me your mail
address and I'll send you a copy of the book. Or
is your mind already made up and facts don't
matter? Are you aware that the license for the
club expired in 2013? that it's legal occupancy
was 150? that it had only 11 parking spaces?
that if 50 had been killed and 53 injured, there
would have been abandoned cars all over the
place, but they weren't there? that the Orlando
Emergency Center has declared that it is not
going to bill anyone for services rendered?
that there are two "Dance Orlando" videos
of doctors and nurses dancing and police
doing the same? I am just a bit stunned that,
if you had reservations like those you have
expressed in these chat exchanges, you did
not send me an email to ask about them. So
send me your address and I'll send the book.
Are you also an expert on the moon landings?
Because it would be rather embarrassing for
"the nation's leading investigative journalist"
to have no idea at all what he's talking about.
JimDr. Eowyn has called out Wayne Madsen for his grossly insulting remarks, where she is well-positioned to call him out as the leading expert on what really happened at Orlando:
Indeed, the issues raised go far beyond the kinds of arrogance of those who discount the work of others on issues they themselves have not investigated, such as Orlando and JFK (in relation to whether Jack Ruby was the man who shot Lee Oswald). But he displays (what I can only describe as) astounding naivete when he suggests that anyone who doubts that we went to the moon "needs professional help"! Egad! The man must be a complete moron to have swallowed that one hook, line and sinker! The proof that we did not go to the moon--indeed, could not have gone to the moon because of the limitations of propulsion power, of computing power and of such obvious obstacles as the Van Allan Radiation Belt--leaves me speechless. Here is my most recent discussion of the moon landing hoax with Dennis Cimino, who simply hits this one out of the park:
I have shared all of this with two experts on intel and psyops. One of them replied, "Excellent letter, Jim. If Wayne fails this double litmus test, then he is still working for someone. And that can be identified quite easily. Just connect the dots and find out who he never criticizes." The other wrote, "Madsen is a government shill. I used to trust his shit but no longer do." He said more but in language more colorful than I prefer to repeat here. I am in a quandary. Madsen's expose of John Brennan as a Saudi mole and of attempts by Saudi Arabia to toss the election to Hillary are first-class, in my estimation. But his irrational attacks on those who have done research on Orlando and on the identity of the man who shot Lee Oswald, not to mention his gullibility about the moon landings, have left my confidence tattered and torn. Another idol, alas, turns out to have feet of clay.
In case anyone thought that Wayne Madsen would respond by explaining how he knows that Orland was real (that Jack Ruby actually was the guy who shot Lee Oswald; that we really did go to the moon), brace yourself for the most juvenile response possible, where Madsen declares himself to be a "real journalist" as opposed to those who offer "conspiracy tall tales in order to grab a fast buck"! Believe it or not, that's what he declares in his "Wayne Madsen Report" for 29 December 2016 to 2 January 2017. If I had any lingering respect for the man, he has shattered my last illusions. He further demonstrates his incompetence when it comes to Holocaust revisionism, which he describes as one of many "far out beliefs", where he seems to have no grasp of Sandy Hook, the Boston bombing or the Holocaust (to cite a few), where the evidence is against him. Here is a recent discussion of mine about JFK, 9/11 and the Holocaust (from 2014):
For more on the most controversial of all, see "The Holocaust Narrative: Politics trumps Science". As though to complete his response, he adds (what he has to think is) a witty remark about some who obtained Ph.D.s in the '60s and the '70s because they thought it was a great way to get laid! I can only infer that Wayne Madsen suffers from an acute intellectual inferiority complex. Anyone who checks out my academic web site can determine for themselves whether that characterization fits me--even remotely! I am profoundly embarrassed that I have in the past regarded this man as "our nation's leading investigative journalist". What it tells me is that, in America today, even some of those who pass for our best are hopelessly immature and incapable of dealing with well-founded criticism, even about serious subjects that they haven't investigated themselves. Wayne Madsen turns out to be an astounding disappointment.