"The credulity of the first feeds the next one. "We relied on ABC News for his credentials", says Anne Bell, publicist of the Jim Lehrer Newshour on PBS, where Debat appeared, depending on the news, as an expert on terrorism or the French riots. "Brian Ross and the Nixon Center… These are pretty credentials, they carry some weight… ," a member of the military told us. "You won’t believe the list of the people who attended his briefing"
At 35, Alexis Debat was pretty successful. He had a respectable position in a well-regarded think tank, he was a regular face on television, he was quoted in newspapers… why did he need to keep fabricating interviews in a French journal with a limited circulation? This is another mystery of this stunning story.
When Debat was hired by the Nixon Center on May 22nd 2006, the press release of the conservative think tanks proudly announced the arrival of a "creative and insightful analyst". They could not have found better words to describe their new recruit." Rue 89
Washington is a city overflowing with fakes, phonies and "fourflushers." This character has been circulating inside the beltway for several years. I met him a couple of times at the Nixon Center when there for their lunch seminars. I must admit that his presence on their staff made the place less appealing.
People are easily impressed by cultured accents (especially European), supposed credentials, fancy suits, shoes and a self-assured manner. All those who were easily taken in by this charlatan should think about how shallow their judgment was.
Does anyone know what this man actually was in Europe? pl