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Hinckle, Hinckle, Little Star - There are two joys in life -- making things and breaking things -- and pirate journalist Warren Hinckle has excelled at both By Jack Boulware SF Weekly, February 14 - 20, 1996
Muzzling Warren Hinckle - The day after the U.S. began bombing Iraq, Examiner columnist Warren Hinckle wrote a scathing column critical of the war. The Examiner refused to run it and put Hinckle on an unpaid leave. Why? By Jim Balderston, SF Bay Guardian, January 30, 1991
What Happened to the San Francisco Left? by Warren Hinckle San Francisco Independent 12/29/98
The Hinkle File @suck 2000/03/31
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... editor of the USF paper, the Daily Foghorn. "editor before me. E D S T E P H A N -- Brushes with Celebrity

In the early '60s he was hired as a reporter by the Chronicle, working under the legendary Scott Newhall, who stacked the paper with columnists, strange journalistic hoaxes, and other techniques worthy of P.T. Barnum

Warren Hinckle III invented the concept of ``radical slick'' when he took over Ramparts in 1964. Founded two years earlier in San Francisco as a liberal Catholic quarterly, Hinckle converted it into a monthly and introduced contemporary graphics and design, high-profile publicity efforts and provocative investigative reporting. A Brief History of American Alternative Journalism in the Twentieth Century By Randolph T. Holhut

All through that night and the next day, Keating's passionate Catholic defense of The Deputy blocked out most of the Hochhuth hate news that had been inundating the New York media. The Year They Tried To Block The Deputy from If You Have Lemon, Make Lemonade ©1974 Warren Hinckle [Hochhuth, Rolf , 1931–, German dramatist. His provocative first drama, The Deputy (1963), accuses Pope Pius XII and the Roman Catholic clergy of tolerating Nazi crimes against the Jews. It received productions worldwide and caused great controversy.]

March 5, 1967 - Warren Hinckle III, editor of Ramparts Magazine, hosted a “rockdance-environment happening” benefit in honor of the CIA (Citizens for Interplanetary Activity) at California Hall. Participants included the S.F. League for Sexual Freedom, the Diggers and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. [Chronology of San Francisco Rock 1965-1969]

As principal architect of the Port Huron Statement in 1962, Tom Hayden had helped launch Students for a Democratic Society (sds), which soon became the largest student organization of the New Left. When he called for a demonstration at the 1968 Democratic national convention to protest the Vietnam War, everybody knew it meant a confrontation with the Chicago police that could prove bloody. Ramparts editor-in-chief Warren Hinckle decided to participate by publishing a "wall paper," as Mao’s Red Guards had done during the cultural revolution in China. [Scenes From a Radical Life by David Horowitz]

. . . Garrison began talking when I picked up the mailroom extension: "This is risky, but I have little choice. It is imperative that I get this information to you now. Important new evidence has surfaced. Those Texas oilmen do not appear to be involved in President Kennedy's murder in the way we first thought. It was the Military-Industrial Complex that put up the money for the assassination -- but as far as we can tell, the conspiracy was limited to the aerospace wing. I've got the names of three companies and their employees who were involved in setting up the President's murder. Do you have a pencil?" Hinckle's account of a November 5, 1968, conversation:

co-editor of Scanlan's Monthly (1970-1971) ...

Hinckle also edited the more recent City of San Francisco, a weekly put out by Francis Ford Coppola. Although criticially acclaimed, it was short lived as well.

Hinckle returned to the Chronicle and began a column called "Hinckle's View."

... in 1985, Hearst hired Hinckle as part of a well-publicized "Next Generation" campaign, designed to convince readers that the Examiner had shed much of its traditional conservative editorial policy.

In 1987, the Examiner marked its 100th Hearst anniversary. Will Hearst assigned Hinckle to edit a special centennial package composed from Examiner back issues

THE OFTEN STORMY five-year relationship between the management of the San Francisco Examiner and columnist Warren Hinckle has hit what may be its final low point. The spark that ignited the latest confrontation appears to have been an antiwar column Hinckle submitted Jan. 17, 1991. Examiner management not only held the column, but suggested that Hinckle take a three-month, unpaid leave. Muzzling Warren Hinckle - The day after the U.S. began bombing Iraq, Examiner columnist Warren Hinckle wrote a scathing column critical of the war. The Examiner refused to run it and put Hinckle on an unpaid leave. Why? By Jim Balderston January 30, 1991, SF Bay Guardian

The censored column began this way:

At 6 p.m. Wednesday [Jan. 16], clouds of white smoke hung over Fifth and Market in front of the Emporium as the greatest antiwar march in San Francisco was gathering steam. The smoke was from a PG&E repair crew fixing a broken pipe. One of the PG&E men, an Irish guy, gave the demonstrators the high sign as they marched by, 14 abreast, on their way to City Hall.

"Tell them about the British," he said. "Tell them how they carved up the Middle East in the first place and created all this mess. Tell them about Maggie Thatcher and Bush."


Hinckle has written or co-authored several books - The 10-second jailbreak; the helicopter escape of Joel David Kaplan (1973); If you have a lemon, make lemonade (1974, 1990); The richest place on earth : the story of Virginia City, and the heyday of the Comstock lode (1978); The fish is red : the story of the secret war against Castro (1981); The Big Strike : A Pictorial History of the 1934 San Francisco General Strike (1984) The George Bush Dilemma (1989); The Agnos years, 1988-1991 (1991); Deadly secrets : the CIA-Mafia war against Castro and the assassination of J.F.K. (1992) and Do No Harm (1996). [amazon search]

Argonaut : Crazies! by Warren Hinckle ... Contributors include Studs Terkel, Hunter S. Thompson, David Mamet, and Ishmael Reed with an invigorating menu of fresh writing and 16 pages of full-color artwork.
Publication Date: June 1994
Publisher: Argonaut Press

His work in The Argonaut has so far spawned six volumes. He is also the president of Argonaut Press, and the editor and publisher of The Argonaut, which apparently is a historic San Fran magazine that started in 1882. Obviously he is very close to San Francisco but also divides his time between there and New York. He is also the lead columnist for The Independent and a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. Described as a "hellraiser", Hinckle has also won the Thomas Paine and H.L. Mencken awards.

San Francisco Independent

"Bombs don't come from the stork; they come from the IRS, from personal income taxes." --Hunter S. Thompson in San Francisco's War News
What Happened to the San Francisco Left?
by Warren Hinckle, San Francisco Independent 12/29/98

The digging of Crissy Field has led to the discovery (the most recent this summer) of Indian remains in the area that not even the zipped lips of the Park Service and the Presidio Trust could keep from the Indians.
By Warren Hinckle (August 25, 1998)

Given the public withdrawal of Deputy City Attorney KATHERINE FEINSTEIN from the race for personal reasons, an window of opportunity now exists for Fazio to run against Hallinan. Any references to the Toracca trial can easily be blunted by drawing attention to Hallinan’s many gaffes and encumbrances. Natali is just one of those encumbrances; another is NORMAN YOUNG, the Hallinan benefactor, muffler shop owner, Chinatown-and-Police-Department-political-gossip-trader and drinking buddy of WARREN HINCKLE and JACK DAVIS. [source]

A firm of distributors has already pulled out of handling the book. "I've known nothing like it for 20 years," says Warren Hinckle, head of its own small publisher Argonaut Press. A veteran of many censorship battles, Hinckle is now planning to do up the stakes. In doing so, he intends to expose a seven year campaign by government agencies against those who have challenged the official version of Lockerbie. If he is successful the repercussions could be immense.
US Government Still on Ropes Over Lockerbie By John Ashton - Originally Appeared in June 9, 1996 edition of The Mail on Sunday - London

"William W. Turner, former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and journalist Warren Hinckle, state that the United States used biological warfare against Cuba during the Nixon administration. "The authors argue that the CIA has committed the United States to a secret, undeclared and illegal war against Cuba for more than twenty years. The so-called Cuban Project is the largest and least known operated by the CIA outside the legal limits of its statutes, they say. [People of Cuba v US Govt]

Wright Patman created a one-day storm when he blurted out the names of several CIA foundations in 1964; he was upset that the CIA had kept the IRS from pursuing possible tax violations. But it took two more years before the CIA was even considered an issue by our sleepy mainstream press. Left-wing muckrakers began connecting the dots dropped by Patman. Ramparts magazine exposed the use of Michigan State University by the CIA to train Vietnamese police, and a year later scooped up another big smelly one -- CIA funding of the National Student Association [Philanthropists at War]

John LEO: I drifted around. I joined Sid Zion and Warren Hinckle in an effort to start a radical magazine called Scanlon's Monthly, which didn't turn out too well. Then I worked as a commissioner in the city government in the City of New York as environmental commissioner. [Booknotes Transcript]
Title: Two Steps Ahead of the Thought Police
Air date: August 28, 1994

In The Fish Is Red, Warren Hinckle and William Turner reported that Howard K. Davis contacted New York financier Theodore Racoosin, who was well connected with the White House. A week later Rascoosin came to Miami and told Davis there was a high level interest in bringing out the Russian defectors. A week later Rascoosin called Davis and informed him that his contacts in Washington could not locate any reports about Russian defectors in Cuba. Hinckle and Turner reported that Howard K. Davis organized meetings to effectuate this operation in the offices of Bill Boggs, the editor of the Miami News. [OSWALD IN DALLAS: PART TWO]

DART for yellow (ribbon) journalism, to: ... to the San Francisco Examiner. Among the journalistic casualties of the war in the gulf: * Patriot editor Joseph Reedy, fired after running an antiwar editorial (January 24) headed HOW ABOUT A LITTLE PEACE?; * Daily Press reporter Paul Payne, fired after a friend of the paper's publisher complained about a scheduled piece (subsequently killed) on the profitable boom in locally produced flags, ribbons, bumper stickers, T-shirts, and other support-the-war paraphernalia; * Examiner columnist Warren Hinckle, told to take a three-month unpaid furlough after he had submitted a January 17 piece (which never ran) on the "folly of the path to war." DARTS AND LAURELS

I first met Stephen Schwartz [44] at CITY where he was assisting Warren Hinckle [45]. SARFATTI'S ILLUMINATI: IN THE THICK OF IT! By Jack Sarfatti ... The Schwartz-Hinckle story cited is in Jack Sarfatti's book "Destiny Matrix" available from http://www.1stbooks.com

Hearst Buys Chronicle, Fang gets Examiner + $66,000,000

The Examiner trial was a lot of fun, for observers at least, but it was the kind of fun that makes you feel queasy afterwards. Judge Walker's courtroom provided a window on a sorry, inbred newspaper universe that appears to be powered almost entirely by hate. The Chronicle owners hate the Hearst Corporation. Davis and Hinckle hate Reilly and the Examiner. Reilly hates virtually everyone, but the man he may hate most, or at least most memorably, is the Examiner's Bronstein, who broke the consultant's ankle in an infamous Examiner boardroom scuffle in 1993. But Davis and Hinckle hate Bronstein too: Hinckle savages him weekly in a viciously ad hominem Independent cartoon, "Mr. Sharon Stone," dedicated to ridiculing the couple's relationship, their squabbles, even their quest to conceive a child. They trade horses, don't they? June 02, 2000 by Joan Walsh

The saga would make for a riveting miniseries, and the cast of characters practically begs for a soap-opera treatment: Phil Bronstein, the swashbuckling executive editor of the Examiner and husband of actress Sharon Stone; Warren Hinckle, the legendarily hard-drinking, eyepatch-wearing rapscallion who writes a front-page column for The Independent; Jack Davis, the ruthless San Francisco political consultant who has described himself as "a warlord for the Fang family interests"; Willie Brown, the nattily dressed and notoriously slick mayor of San Francisco, who has transformed the city into his private political fiefdom; Timothy White, the naëve editor and publisher of the Examiner; and the would-be spoiler, Clinton Reilly, the failed mayoral candidate who threw the entire tawdry drama into open court for the world to see. SF Confidential, By John Cook, December 2000/January 2001 Brill's Content

Will the Internet Make the New San Francisco Examiner?
An open letter to Ted Fang and Warren Hinckle.
By Ken Layne, OJR Columnist

60th B'day

Hinkles party? How are you going to get there… the mother fuckin party’s at Treasure Island. Own a car? Whatever. Who the fuck is Warren Hinkle anyway? A geek in local politics? ... Warren Hinckles 60th B-day-by Seth Maxwell Malice, Flayor of San FranPsycho.

Ron Turner takes care of his friends. No stranger to the macabre, the greying, bear-like publisher is the proud owner of Last Gasp, an imprint specializing in underground comics, graphic novels, punk and other marginal literature. Turner wanted his pal Warren Hinckle to have the best possible 60th birthday party. Having arranged the notorious entertainment for Jack Davis, he hoped to top even that. PARTY ANIMALS

Big journalistic dispute: What really happened at Warren Hinckle's 60th birthday party last week, and who cares or can remember? The Chronicle's Matier & Ross column reported that Mayor Brown had a drink thrown on him and a Monica Lewinsky look-alike did a cigar act with Warren Hinckle in the Clinton role. -[Rob Morse, Oct. 21, 1998 Examiner]

update: 20-Dec-00

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