1-800-Politics recently caught up with the founder of WhatReallyHappened.com and the host of the WhatReallyHappened Radio Show Micheal Rivero. Michael was kind enough to answer some questions regarding WRH and shared his thoughts on several political topics.
Q: What is your background and how did WhatReallyHappened.com come about?
MR: My background is a blend of science and show business. I worked for NASA right out of high school, then transitioned to the then-new field of computer animation in film. As for WRH it happened entirely by accident. I was working in my own small animation shop and watching the TV news on one channel of the video switcher, and spotted the photo purportedly showing the hand of White House deputy counsel with the gun he supposedly shot himself with. Since creating realistic-looking fakes for film was then my prime business, it was obvious the photo was staged. The next day, at work at a company that shared the same building as CNN’s Hollywood division, I shared what I had found with co-workers while at lunch, and I clearly remember some people from CNN at the next table listening intently to me as I pointed out all the things wrong with that photo. That night, we started getting death threats and my career in Hollywood evaporated. Since I suddenly had a lot of free time on my hands I started digging further and found proof in the FBI’s FD-302 forms of a clear attempt to trick Foster’s widow into identifying the dark blued revolver found with Foster’s body as the “silver colored” (FBI’s description) gun Vince Foster inherited from his father. That led to me starting my first truth blog as a sub-page on my now otherwise useless animation page, which then spun off as a separate website, Rancho Runnamukka, then eventually became whatreallyhappened.com.
Q: I noticed WRH there is a focus on conspiracy theories, is that the theme of WRH? What message are you trying to convey to your audience?
MR: The phrase “conspiracy theory” is used as a pejorative to dismiss those who question the official story, yet history proves that there are conspiracies and the official story is usually junk. The “theme” of my website is that the Constitution does not give the government and right to lie to the people, and a skeptical people are more free than people who simply accept whatever the government and corporate media feed them every day.
Q: What would you consider to be the most obvious U.S. government conspiracy?
MR: The claim that there are no U.S. Government conspiracies.
Q: For those of us who are not familiar with you and WHR, what are your political leanings? What does Michael Rivero stand for? Do you support the Democrats or Republicans or do you believe they are equally bad and are both in cahoots trying to destroy this country? Who can be trusted?
MR: I am, or was, an hereditary Republican from New Hampshire. My grandfather was drinking buddies with Richard Nixon. Today I like to joke that in looking at the Republicans and Democrats, anarchy is looking like a good choice. Seriously, I would say I am a political pragmatist, middle of the road, and like Thomas Jefferson I feel that smaller government is better. Government ought to be limited to doing for the community what the community needs but cannot do for itself. Our present system has devolved from that high ideal and become quite fascist, in the context that fascism represents the uniting of financial and government power against the general population (Mussolini’s definition).