Ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been crisscrossing the United States, with an occasional detour to Europe, speaking to groups concerned about U.S. foreign policy, but he took time to send in this letter urging readers to help Consortiumnews meet its spring fundraising goal.
From Editor Robert Parry: For nearly 18 years, Consortiumnews has been something of a David compared to the Goliaths of the mainstream U.S. news media. These Goliaths have often behaved timidly in the face of power when our David has taken on very tough stories.
From Editor Robert Parry: Sometimes I view the survival of our 18-year-old Consortiumnews Web site like the Justin Timberlake movie, “In Time,” in which time is the new currency and the non-rich are always at risk of “timing out.” Thus, they scramble to earn more time and survive.
From Editor Robert Parry: Thanks to the generosity of our readers, the “doomsday clock” of Consortiumnews’ financial crisis has been pushed back. We were down to two weeks of funding. We now have a little more breathing room.
From Editor Robert Parry: At Consortiumnews, we welcome substantive comments about our articles. But we don’t welcome insulting, racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic or other bigoted remarks. Violators can expect such comments to be removed and chronic violators will be put on a pre-clearance list.
From Editor Robert Parry: After paying our writers for their original work last month, Consortiumnews is down to two-weeks-worth of money in its bank account. If you agree that this experiment in independent investigative journalism is important, please contribute what you can.
From Editor Robert Parry: In the near 18-year history of Consortiumnews, we have relied mostly on small donations from readers and an occasional grant from a few family foundations. But it’s important that we finally secure funding support from a big donor or two if we are to reach a larger audience.
From Editor Robert Parry: If our 18-year-old experiment in independent journalism is to continue, we need the generous support of our readers now. We are running very short of funds. So, please contribute what you can.
From Journalist Robert Parry: We did come up short on our year-end fund drive, raising just 40 percent of our $25,000 goal. But I want to thank the readers who were able to contribute. It remains my view that information is the key to resolving the world’s many pressing problems and …
From Journalist Robert Parry: The year 2013 could be a turning point in American history. And – with your help – Consortiumnews.com can continue its work toward getting the nation on the right path. We can keep on challenging the false narratives that the Right has deployed in its long assault on the U.S. democratic process.