From Editor Robert Parry: Since our founding in 1995, Consortiumnews.com has provided our readers with truly independent journalism – and we have relied on donations from our readers to do so. We’ve never had some billionaire “oligarch” paying our bills and pulling our strings.
While that way would be a lot easier, it seems to me that the only way to maximize journalistic independence is to have a diversity of financial support. Even a “good oligarch” has some topics that he or she doesn’t want investigated because they may hit too close to a financial home or may challenge a deeply held prejudice.
So, that is why we must conduct periodic fund drives, like our current spring campaign to raise $25,000. Obviously we appreciate any size donations that you can afford. We are also offering a special thank-you gift for donations of $100 or more.
You can use a credit card online (we accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover) or you can mail a check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew @ aol.com”. (Since we are a 501-c-3 non-profit, your donations may be tax-deductible.)
As a special thank-you gift for anyone who donates $100 or more – or has set up a recurring donation with that annual total – we are offering a DVD of the 1991 Frontline documentary, “Election Held Hostage,” which examines whether Ronald Reagan’s campaign exploited the 1980 Iran hostage crisis to win the presidency, plus a signed copy of my latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, which provides the latest documentary evidence on that Republican skullduggery.
The book also reveals long-hidden records that I discovered in the National Archives exposing the immediate historical precedent, Richard Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam War peace talks to ensure his election over Hubert Humphrey in 1968.
If you wish to get this thank-you gift, just send us a follow-up e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your precise mailing instructions. If you prefer a different one of my books to accompany the DVD – such as Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry) – just say so in the e-mail. We’ll make the change.
Also, to help reach our $25,000 target, we will continue offering my three-book trilogy on the Bush dynasty – Secrecy & Privilege, Neck Deep and America’s Stolen Narrative – for the discount price of only $34, less than half the cover price.
To get this special offer, just go to Consortiumnews.com’s “Donate” button and make a $34 “donation” using Visa, Mastercard or Discover. We will read a “donation” of that amount as an order for the trilogy. If your mailing address is the same as your credit card billing address, we will ship the books to that address. If your mailing address is different, just send us an e-mail at email@example.com and we will make the adjustment.
You can also take advantage of this trilogy offer by mailing a check for $34 to The Media Consortium; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use our Paypal account, “consortnew @ aol.com.” Just make sure you include your mailing address in the message.
For U.S. orders of the trilogy, we will pay for the shipping. (Regrettably, this offer can only be made for U.S. orders because of increased international postal rates.)
Another way to help Consortiumnews.com survive is to buy one of my last four books through the Consortiumnews’ Web site – or my latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, through Amazon.com, either in paper or the e-book version. A portion of the sales will go to support our independent journalism.
And, we can now accept donations of stock or other equities, which I’m told can offer a tax advantage to donors if the stock has appreciated in value since it was purchased. (Our 18-year-old journalism project is recognized by the IRS as a 501-c-3 non-profit, meaning that contributions may be tax-deductible.)
If this stock-donation option appeals to you, I suggest you discuss it with your broker and then contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific instructions on how to transfer the stock. Or you can write to us at Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201.
Again, thanks for your support and for making our 18-plus years of honest journalism possible.
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 Consortiumnews.com in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.