|Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2006 10:10:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: PLEASE READ
October 7, 2006
We have worked together for a long time, and I am just beside myself
over your recent actions. For the third time you have publicly given credence
to the irresponsible allegation that this newspaper harbors or is controlled
by "Zionist" forces.
The first time was when you sent e-mails to a dozen individuals asking
why AFP was not printing your articles, implying that we were censoring
The second time was your failure to stand up for AFP on Mike Piper’s
radio show, showing that you do not feel a sense of teamwork with your
colleagues. Your failure to defend AFP was insulting to everyone who works
Now, in your personal fight with Wing TV you direct persons to a website
that attacks AFP and which states, "The American Free Press is under Zionist
This is ludicrous, particularly seeing that AFP has criticized Zionism
in virtually every issue. You know very well who controls AFP — the employees
own the paper. The real question is who is influencing Christopher Bollyn?
Your senseless (or perhaps purposeful) attacks cannot be tolerated.
An employee of any organization, whether General Motors or the Mafia, owes
a debt of loyalty to his employer. We have a right to expect loyalty from
AFP’s reputation for accurate reportage is solid. Our subscribers believe
what we print. Integrity is the very essence of our mission. And by attacking
the credibility of AFP you attack yourself.
We and our loyal subscribers believe that when Jim Tucker or Mike Blair
or any other reporter writes something and we print it that the facts presented
are true. When we get a story from one of our trusted reporters we do not
need to check every quote or fact. Our reporters would not dream of submitting
a false story. The same cannot be said for you, however. By accusing AFP
of being under the control of some other agency, you lie. There is an ancient
Roman legal maxim; “falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus,” meaning that if
a witness lies about one thing his testimony may be disregarded for all
he says. Thus, we can no longer print anything you submit without checking
it, and this we will not do.
For the reasons above, please do not bother to submit anything else
to this newspaper. In addition, we will no longer be able to pay your salary.
This is effective immediately.
Christopher J. Petherick