Bob McCarty’s Top 4 Scoops 2013

Though I spend most of my time writing books, I still find time to uncover the occasional scoop.  Below are my Top 4 Scoops of 2013:

Scooped Brian Ross

#4.  SCOOPED: ABC News Reporter Four Months Late to the ‘Party’ — On Nov 15, I revealed how ABC News’ Brian Ross had finally caught up with me in reporting about the U.S. Government’s reckless approach to business and warfare.

Show-Me Jihad Scoop

#3.  ‘Show-Me Jihad’ Murder Suspect Committed to Mental Institution — On Aug. 15, I was the first media outlet — and, perhaps, the only one — to report that Mohamed H. Dawod (a.k.a., the “Show-Me Jihad” murder suspect who allegedly shot and killed a fellow traveler at a Springfield, Mo., bus station less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.) had been committed to a mental institution.

Stratus Scoop

#2.  Colorado Firm Disavows Work on Behalf of Plaintiff in $19 Billion ‘Shakedown’ Lawsuit in Ecuador — On April 12, I shared news about Stratus Consulting’s decision to disavow the work they had done on behalf of the plaintiff in a “shakedown” lawsuit in Ecuador that could have cost Chevron Oil Company billions.  Notably, this scoop came 27 months after I published an exclusive story about the firm’s role in the lawsuit and, in so doing, scooped The New York Times by 100 days.

Marty Hahne Scoop

#1.  USDA Tells Magician to Write Disaster Plan for His Rabbit — On June 28, I broke the story about Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) being told by officials at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic act.  Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the story to go viral.  It wasn’t long before a lot of peopleJohn Stossel and Rush Limbaugh among them — helped this hare-raising story go viral.

If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books.  Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today!  Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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