From Editor Robert Parry: In the 16-plus years of Consortiumnews, our most difficult fund-raising periods have been in presidential election years like this one. Many supporters tell me they are funneling what money they have into campaigns and, implicitly, that independent journalism is not a priority.
From Editor Robert Parry: We’re trying to reduce our stockpiles of books and reach our goal for the spring fundraiser. You can help in both while also getting important facts out to a broader public.
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.