From Journalist Robert Parry: As I’m putting the finishing touches on my new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, we are also facing a financial crisis at Consortiumnews.com. So I would like to make a proposal that combines these two developments.
If you donate $100 or more now (or if you have in the recent past), I will send you an autographed copy as soon as the book is back from the printer. This will be a thank-you gift for your tax-deductible donation.
(To donate by Visa/Mastercard, click here.To donate by check, make it out to Consortium for Independent Journalism [CIJ]; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington, VA 22201. To use PayPal, our account is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew @ aol.com”)
After your donation, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me where to ship the book and prescribing any special inscription that you might like. I will set aside (and number) the first 250 copies for this purpose. (I expect to get the book back from the printers sometime in October.)
America’s Stolen Narrative draws from my personal experiences over 35 years as a Washington-based investigative reporter, including years at The Associated Press, Newsweek and PBS “Frontline.” It addresses how the historic and political narrative of the United States has been corrupted by the right-wing forces that have grown so powerful over those years.
These forces have not only applied propaganda to today’s political storyline (for instance, with lies about Barack Obama’s birthplace, religion and ideology) but have dispatched “scholars” to rewrite the nation’s founding narrative.
That has enabled the Right’s propaganda machine to convince millions of Americans that the Constitution’s Framers despised the idea of a strong central government when George Washington and James Madison were actually reacting to the threat from a weak central government under the Articles of Confederation.
In right-wing world, the Framers have been recreated as neo-Confederates devoted to “states’ rights.”
America’s Stolen Narrative also draws from newly available archival records to repair how we understand the modern political era from 1968 through today. In doing so, the book demonstrates how Richard Nixon infused the modern Republican Party with a win-by-any-means ethos and how the Democrats consistently failed to hold the Republicans accountable.
By setting this story straight, the book rewrites the history of the latter years of the Vietnam War and explains why Nixon started his infamous “plumbers” unit, which later got caught at Watergate. The book then traces how Nixon’s playbook of dirty tricks was passed down through the years of Ronald Reagan, the Bushes and now the Tea Party.
The truth that is uncovered in America’s Stolen Narrative may not entirely set us free, but it at least will provide a solid foundation upon which a more complete and accurate history can be built.
The survival of Consortiumnews.com is also important to the book because it refers readers to original documents that exist at our Web site and, in many case, no place else.
So please help us make sure that Consortiumnews.com, which began 17 years ago in the early days of the modern Internet, continues to uncover and explain important facts that shape American history.
As always, thanks for your support.
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.