Artist statement by Scott Feinblatt: When it comes to art and poetry, different people can get distinct impressions from the same piece of work. In the case of the recently released Nunes memo, a document drafted by chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, the public was meant to interpret it as evidence that the FBI and Justice Department had engaged in a partisan attack on President Trump. Naturally, the document, which is being held up as indisputable truth by many Republicans, Fox News, and Trump was drafted using cherry picked information. Furthermore, given that this partisan document has enabled our slippery president to further attack our FBI and Justice Department as a way of hiding from the investigations into his alleged obstruction of justice and collusion with Russia, which has been proven to have interfered with the 2016 election, it serves to further showcase that the cornered rat (and his supporters) will cling desperately to anything, however flimsy or false, in order to avoid their day of reckoning.
Award-winning investigative journalist Nick Schou is managing editor of OC Weekly. He is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA’s Crack Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb (Nation Books 2006), which provided the basis for the 2014 Focus Features release starring Jeremy Renner and the L.A. Times-bestseller Orange Sunshine: The Brotherhood of Eternal Love’s Quest to bring Peace, Love and Acid to the World, (Thomas Dunne 2009). He is also the author of The Weed Runners (2013) and Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood (2016).