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…
From Editor Robert Parry: A reader called to suggest that our lagging fund drive take a page from the Republican hostage playbook and threaten to kill, say, a lovable puppy unless we get the donations we need. (We’re too small to tank the entire economy.) Animal lovers will be glad to hear that we rejected the…
From Editor Robert Parry: For nearly 16 years, we have tried to give readers in the United States and around the world truly independent journalism, doing what the mainstream U.S. news media often doesn’t do: take on the hard stories with seriousness and professionalism.