From Editor Robert Parry: When I founded the Consortiumnews Web site in 1995, I had the rather naïve notion that Americans cared enough about truly independent journalism on important topics that we could raise adequate money for at least a low-budget investigative project based on the then-newfangled Internet.
From Editor Robert Parry: As we try to raise $25,000 in our spring fund drive, we are making all our thank-you gifts available for donations of $50 and up.
From Editor Robert Parry: As the presidential election campaign heats up and the war drums over Iran grow louder, we continue to fill a major hole in American journalism by reporting on difficult realities, both the serious political stakes in November and the geopolitical risks of a new war in the Middle East.
From Editor Robert Parry: We did fall quite a bit short of our end-of-year target of $45,000 – raising less than half that amount – but a late surge of donations did put us in position to soldier on into this important election year thanks to our readers.
From Editor Robert Parry: As we struggle to raise the money to keep Consortiumnews.com alive in the New Year, ex-CIA analyst (and peace activist) Ray McGovern suggested I write a brief narrative to explain our history and our goals. (If you just want to donate to our end-of-year fund drive, click the Donate button.)
From Editor Robert Parry: When I started this Web site in 1995 – as the “Internet’s First Investigative ‘Zine” – I thought our goal of building a home for independent journalism and a “consortium” to finance it would win support of wealthy individuals who recognized the crisis in U.S. media. But I was wrong.
From Editor Robert Parry: The other day, I was on a West Coast radio show and a caller accused me of “trying to rewrite history” – a charge to which I must plead guilty.
From Editor Robert Parry: As we reach our 16th birthday as the Internet’s oldest investigative news Web site, we hope to put Consortiumnews.com on a more solid financial footing – so we can keep providing you with the high-quality independent journalism you have come to expect. To do that, we need your help.
From Editor Robert Parry: A while back, we approached a foundation with a request for a “matching grant,” a donation that would equal what we could raise from our readers. Last week, the foundation sent us a check for $20,000 with the hope — not a requirement — that our readers would come close to…
From Editor Robert Parry: I want to personally thank our readers who were able to contribute to our mid-year fund drive. We did come up short on our $25,000 target, but a late surge got us closer than I had thought likely. In case someone still wants to chip in…