The Media War Against “Conspiracy Theorists”: The World According to CIA Mockingbird Richard Miniter
In early 2002, Miniter was contracted to write a book that became Losing bin Laden. He would spend the next 18 months reporting from Khartoum, Cairo, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Paris and Washington to offer an authoritative account of the bin Laden menace during the Clinton years. It became a New York Times bestseller, peaking at no. 9 in September 2003. Losing bin Laden was cited on NBC’s “Meet the Press” by host Tim Russert. The book was also praised in columns by George F. Will, Steve Forbes and Robert Novak.
Miniter’s next book was drawn from on-the-ground reporting in Iraq, Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines. Shadow War: The Untold Story of How America is Winning the War on Terror became his second New York Times bestseller, debuting at no.7.
Miniter’s latest book is entitled Disinformation: 22 Media Myths That Undermine the War on Terror. Based on exclusive interviews and official documents, the book challenges many widely-held notions: that Bin Laden was trained or financed by the CIA in the 1980s, that Halliburton profiteered in Iraq, that profiling Arabs at airports would stop terrorism, and that the U.S.-Mexico border is an open door for Al Qaeda.
Miniter appears regularly on television and radio to discuss al-Qaeda and global terrorism. He has appeared on every major American cable news network including CNN, C-Span, Fox News and MSNBC—nearly 200 times in the past three years. He has been featured on “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity & Colmes,” and “Special Report with Brit Hume,” among others.
He has been a featured guest on more 1000 talk radio shows, including almost every top ten program, from Rush Limbaugh to Laura Ingraham. He has often appeared on overseas television networks including ABC (Australia), Al Jazeera (Qatar), CBC (Canada), ITV and SkyNews (U.K), LBC (Lebanon), and RAI (Italy), and radio programs in Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, and Italy.