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Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, February 06, 2006

A Local Oprah Moment?

I suspect that anyone who owns a television is aware of the embarrassment claimed by television talk show hostess Oprah Winfrey after she promoted the book by author James Frey, only to find out much of the material in Frey's memoir was exaggerated.

Well, we may have our own "Oprah" moment right here in eastern Washington and northern Idaho.

Anyone who can stomach listening to The Mark Fuhrman Show on 1510 KGA The Big Talker out of Spokane, Washington, has heard Fuhrman do on-air interviews with author David Race Bannon. Bannon wrote Race Against Evil: The Secret Mission of the Interpol Agent Who Tracked the World's Most Sinister Criminals. In his KGA interviews with Bannon, Fuhrman touted and regaled Bannon's exploits on behalf of Interpol.

Unfortunately for Fuhrman and KGA, David Race Bannon inflated his credentials. According to Interpol, "David Race Bannon, who claims to have worked for Interpol as a 'hit man', was arrested on 27 January in Boulder, Colorado for criminal impersonation." Bannon's arrest for criminal impersonation was also reported by the US Department of Justice in a press release on January 31, 2006.

An Interpol press release disavowing any Interpol connection with Bannon was issued in 2004, long before Bannon's more recent interviews Fuhrman. That 2004 press release notes, "Interpol's General Secretariat in Lyon has no record of David Race Bannon having been employed and no knowledge of individuals mentioned in Mr Bannon's book. Interpol exists to facilitate the exchange of information between the world's law enforcement agencies and to provide analysis of criminal data and other services. Accordingly, the claims in Mr Bannon's book can only be seen as deceptive and irresponsible fantasy."

I wonder if Fuhrman will invite Bannon to come back to his show to explain what happened? If so, Fuhrman and his producer might want to first explain how they missed Interpol's renunciaton of Bannon and his book before they promoted it on KGA.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if they really have no record of him being an employee or if they are just disavowing him?

7:44 PM, March 12, 2006  

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