How Small Media Bested Big Media

From Editor Robert Parry: Over the last few weeks during the Syrian crisis, we have seen something remarkable how underfunded independent media outlets like can successfully challenge Big Media when it slides into a dangerous “group think.”

Unlike 2003 when President George W. Bush stampeded the United States into a reckless war in Iraq, a decade later the U.S. government couldn’t simply brush aside legitimate questions about its case for war with Syria. Our skepticism as expressed by journalists and ex-intelligence professionals at reached millions of Americans via the Internet.

Thus, we contributed to a citizens’ movement that told the politicians and the pundits that the American people wouldn’t be fooled again, that a democracy demands an informed electorate, not just one that accepts whatever the government tells us.

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Robert Parry is a longtime investigative reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.

3 comments for “How Small Media Bested Big Media

  1. gregorylkruse
    September 17, 2013 at 11:10

    If only more of those millions would send a few dollars.

  2. Gengass Con
    September 17, 2013 at 01:26

    you have been proven wrong on all your assumptions on the Syrian issues

    You are assuming that which remains to be proved.
    Go back to highschool.

  3. ben Noweizer
    September 16, 2013 at 14:47

    Wrong again my friend! you have been proven wrong on all your assumptions on the Syrian issues, not only most writers showed being terribly misinformed on Syrian case, you used the Iraq/Afghan wrong wars as a peer to attack any move on the Syrian from two and half years and the dictators used all kinds of weapons against is own, but the matter does not bother you and you as the US gov. can fabricate the necessary pretexts to back up the lies.

    31 years ago Hafez assad destroyed an entire city killing 47K citizens (as announced officially!) the world turned their face away, now you are contributing in creating the same criminal scenario.
    one time hit does not make you infallible !

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