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"Jon Krakauer's Credibility Problem" (Ver. 2.4.6) April 24, 2011; Last Updated 3-20-14

"Jon Krakauer's Credibility Problem" (Ver. 2.4.6) April 24, 2011; Last Updated 3-20-14

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Published by Guy Montag
Discussion of Jon Krakauer's "credibility problems." Discusses how JK took-down Greg Mortenson with "Three Cups of Deceit" as a publicity stunt to launch Byliner.com and JK's deceitul preface to his revised edition of "Where Men Win Glory" and Gen. Stanley McChrystal's central role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death. I also discuss, in less detail, issues with JK's prior books "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air. Updated to discuss his latestODAP "poison plant fable."
Discussion of Jon Krakauer's "credibility problems." Discusses how JK took-down Greg Mortenson with "Three Cups of Deceit" as a publicity stunt to launch Byliner.com and JK's deceitul preface to his revised edition of "Where Men Win Glory" and Gen. Stanley McChrystal's central role in the cover-up of Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death. I also discuss, in less detail, issues with JK's prior books "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air. Updated to discuss his latestODAP "poison plant fable."

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“Jon Krakauer’s Credibility Problem”
 
Guy Montag, feralfirefighter.blogspot.com April 24, 2011
[Ver. 2.4.6, last revised March 19, 2014]
“The most powerful form of lie is the omission, and it is the duty of the historian to make sure those lies do not creep into the history books.”
 -- George Orwell "It's [
 Into Thin Air 
] there in print forever. It's part of history. People should be above taking someone else down. And for what? For money and egos people are willing to destroy other people to further their careers." -- David Breashears, (
 Improper Bostonian
, Sept 24, 1997)
“…
some may wonder why his dishonesty about [Pat] Tillman should matter. It matters because
deceit
 by a military officer of [Gen. Stanley] McChrystal
’s rank is a poisonous betrayal of trust that shouldn’t be countenanced.”
 --
Jon Krakauer, “Gen. McChrystal’s Credibility Problem” (Oct. 14, 2009)
 
“Asked about Jon Krakauer's book about
[Pat] Tillman, the soldier's youngest brother [Richard] told the screening audience [at the 2010 Sundance premiere of
The Tillman Story
] of the author that "that guy's a piece of
…”
 -- Steven Zeitchik, (
 LA Times
, January 24, 2010)
“Krakauer’s presentation of the matter seems stubbornly defiant at best. If his reasoning is not obstinately perverse,
h
is arguments are disingenuous. …
grasping desperately for tenuous explanations to defend his fundamental belief
in the Poison Plant Fable [to explain Christopher McCandless’s death in
 Into the Wild 
].
 -- Samuel Thayer, (
 Nature’s Garden
, 2010)
 
“As a journalist, I understand
 you were faced with a problem
: …
your opi
nion vs. my statement of fact.”
 -- Anatoli Boukreev, (personal letter to Jon Krakauer about
 Into Thin Air 
, August 6, 1996)
 
1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page #:
 
Foreword 4
 
Description of Updates 6
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 8 . . .
 
“With Three Cups of Luck 
?
 
--
How Jon
Krakauer’s Take
-Down of Greg
14
 
Mortenson Launched Byliner.com
 
 
“The Emperor’s General”
 
--
The Bi-Partisan Whitewash of Gen.
29
 
McChrystal’s Role in the
Pat Tillman Affair 
 
 
“Jon Krakauer’s Credibility Problem”
 
--
Deceit in
Jon Krakauer’s
 
33
 
“Where Men Win Glory”
 Book about Pat Tillman
 
 
“That Guy’s a Piece of …”
 – 
 
Jon Krakauer & the Pat Tillman Family
 39
 
“The Poison Plant Fable”
 
 – 
 
Jon Krakauer’s “Into
 
the Wild”
 
41
 
“Erasing Heroism from the Himalaya”
 
 – 
 
Jon Krakauer’s
Trashing
46
 
of Anatoli Boukreev in his
Into
Thin Air”
 
. . .
 
Annotated Bibliography
of Everest ‘96
 50
 
“A Day to Die For”
 
 – 
 
An
Untold True Story of Everest ‘96
 55
 
 
Remember the Iconoclast, Not the Icon
 57
 
 
Do Not Forget the Mountaineers
 60 . . .
 
 
Analysis of the Preface to Jon Krakauer’s Revised Paperback 
 62
 
Edition of
“Where Men Win Glory – 
 The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
 
 
 
Jon Krakauer’s Credibility Problem
 
2
APPENDICES
Page #
 A: Krakauer Interview Excerpts BEFORE September 17, 2009: 1
 
Summary: Krakauer Interviews BEFORE Sept. 17, 2009 2
 
The Truth Behind the Death of Pat Tillman?
(Sept. 11, 2009) 7
 
 
 Jon Krakauer’s Inside Story of Pat Tillman
 
(Sept. 11, 2009) 7
 
 
 Krakauer's New Book Examines Pat Tillman's Death
(Sept. 17, 2009) 9
 
 
 Pat Tillman, Anti-War Hero
(Sept. 13, 2009) 9
 
 Krakauer Explores Pat Tillman's Death And Cover-Up
(Sept. 14, 2009) 10
 
 
Talk of Deceit Where Honor Is Taught
(Sept. 14, 2009) 11
 
 
 Afterwords With Jon Krakauer
(Sept. 16, 2009) 12
 
 
 NPR Diane Rhem Show
 – 
 
“Where Men Win Glory”
 
(Sept. 16, 2009) 13
B: Krakauer Handed
“Untold Story”
at Sept. 17, 2009 Book Signing: 14
 
 
 Did They Teach You How to Lie Yet 
 
Binder 
 
(May 27, 2009) 15
 
“Lies … Borne Out by Facts, If Not the Truth”
 
Binder 
 
(Sept. 11, 2009) 16
 
 
September 12, 2009 Cover Letter to Jon Krakauer (Sept. 12, 2009) 18
 
September 17, 2009 “Postscript”
Letter to Jon Krakauer 
 
(Sept. 17, 2009) 19
 
“Postscript”: Possible Cor 
rections to
Where Men Win Glory
(Sept. 17, 2009) 24
 
 
“Postscript”: Comments on
Where Men Win Glory
(Sept. 17, 2009) 26
 
C: Krakauer Interview Excerpts AFTER September 17, 2009: 29
 
Summary: Krakauer Interviews AFTER Sept. 17, 2009 30
 
The Fans Come Out for Jon Krakauer's Glory
(Sept. 25, 2009) 34
 
 Jon Stewart Show Interview
 (Sept. 30, 2009) 34
 
Tillman's Journals Revealed in Book
[Sept. 15, 2009] (Oct. 3, 2009) 34
 
 Daily Beast:
Gen. McChrystal's Credibility Problem
 
(Oct. 14, 2009) 35
 
 Is Gen. McChrystal The Best Man For Afghanistan?
 (Oct. 17, 2009) 40
 
Stanley McChrystal’s Long War 
 (Oct. 18, 2009) 41
 
 Jon Krakauer Interviewed on
 Meet the Press
 (Nov. 1, 2009) 43
 
Sound Off: Sunday Talking Heads
 (Nov. 1, 2009) 43
 
 Krakauer: McChrystal shouldn't be in charge in Afghan.
 (Nov. 6, 2009) 44
 
The Situation Room
 Krakauer Interview
 (Nov. 7, 2009) 45
 
Sundance 2010: Michael Moore Loves the
 Pat Tillman …
 (Jan. 24, 2010) 48

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Version 2.4.1 (Feb. 23, 2012): Updated “Three Cups of Luck?” with quotes from two articles: Alissa Quart’s “The Long Tale” (Columbia Journalism Review Sept/Oct. 2011 and John Tayman’s “It’s a Long Article. It’s a Short Book. No, It’s a Byliner e-Book” (Niemann Reports, Winter 2011). Revised Greg Mortenson portion of Executive Summary.
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Version 2.4 (Sept. 26, 2011): Revised TOC formatting; revised Executive Summary (added condensed version of “With Three Cups of Luck?”); slight revisions to “With Three Cups of Luck?” (added how JK recently prevaricated about the reason “60 Minutes” talked to him (p. **).
Guy Montag added this note
Updated 7-12-11: Added six-page "Three Cups of Deceit" about how Krakauer's take-down of Mortenson was used to launch byliner.com. Also, more on Krakauer's credibility problems with "Into Thin Air"

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