Sherman Skolnick

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sherman H. Skolnick
Born July 13, 1930
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 21, 2006 (aged 75)
Chicago, Illinois
Occupation Author and investigative journalist

Sherman H. Skolnick (July 13, 1930 – May 21, 2006) was a Chicago-based activist.

Early life[edit]

Born in Chicago in 1930, at the age of six, Skolnick was paralyzed by polio, and he used a wheelchair for the rest of his life.[1] His parents, a homemaker and a tailor, were Jewish European immigrants.[1] Skolnik's father was from Russia.[2]


Skolnick was founder and chairman of the Citizen's Committee to Clean Up the Courts,[1] which he started in 1963. He used the local press to distribute his reports, later establishing a telephone hotline–"Hotline News", a public-access television show on cable TV, and a web site.[1]

Skolnick's investigations caused the resignation of two Illinois Supreme Court justices, Roy J. Solfisburg, Jr. and Ray Klingbiel, who, as Skolnick reported, had accepted bribes of stock from a defendant in a case on which they ruled.[1] The scandal catapulted John Paul Stevens, special counsel to an investigating commission, to fame as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.[3] In 2001, the story became the subject of a book, Illinois Justice, by Kenneth A. Manaster.[3]

Towards the end of his life, Skolnick served as co-host with Lenny Bloom for the Canadian radio show Cloak & Dagger. The show was taken off the airwaves, despite very high market ratings, following a controversial interview with former German Defense Minister Andreas von Bülow, in which Von Bulow claimed that the terrorist September 11, 2001 attacks were an inside job. Cloak & Dagger then became an Internet podcast, which subsequently relocated to a German web server due to relentless hacking attacks.[citation needed]

At the end of every radio broadcast, Skolnick would sign off with the following statement: "To Hell with the Queen of England!"[citation needed]

Skolnick's final written works include an 81-part series entitled "The Overthrow of the American Republic," and a 16-part series entitled "Coca-Cola, the CIA, and the Courts."[1] On the radio show and podcast with Lenny Bloom, much commentary was devoted to CIA drug dealing, the "9-11 Truth Movement," and also a belief that the Jesuit Order, through co-optation of the Vatican, controls world events. His material is generally un-copyrighted. Other major collaborators with Skolnick and Bloom include Webster Tarpley, Stew Webb, Tom Heneghan, Eric Jon Phelps, and Ralph Schoenman.[citation needed]

The several subjects detailed above represent only the tip of the iceberg for Skolnick's wide area of expertise. Each article and podcast which Skolnick participated in contained many details covering a wide range of topics, overlooked by popular culture. He was, in his own words (usually attributed by Skolnick towards his radio guests), "a treasury of wisdom and knowledge." However, a criticism would be that he often made extraordinary claims without citing a source or reference.[citation needed]

Skolnick frequently referred to the mainstream media as "the liars and whores of the oil-soaked, spy-riddled monopoly press."[citation needed]

Later life and death[edit]

Skolnick died of a heart attack on May 21, 2006.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Noel, Josh (May 23, 2006). "Sherman Skolnick". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Judges: Skolnick's Guerrilla War". Time. August 29, 1969. 
  3. ^ a b Patten, Joseph N. (2003–2004). "Review of Illinois Justice: The Scandal of 1969 and the Rise of John Paul Stevens". Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture 10 (3). pp. 233–237. 

External links[edit]