From Editor Robert Parry: We’re setting our spring fundraising goal at $25,000, which will include the costs of overcoming the “dedicated denial of service” cyber-attack that shut down the site for a week earlier this month.
Thanks to some outside technical assistance, we succeeded in recovering the 20 years worth of articles and other content at Consortiumnews. So, in that sense, the cyber-attack failed, but it did force us to expend thousands of dollars that we had budgeted for journalism.
You can help us recover financially with a tax-deductible donation by using a credit card online (we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover) or you can mail a check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. (A number of readers already have donated, which we deeply appreciate.)
For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew @ aol.com”. We are also registered with PayPal’s Giving Fund under the name Consortium for Independent Journalism. (Since we are a 501-c-3 non-profit, donations by American taxpayers may be tax-deductible.)
We also are offering a choice of thank-you gifts for those who can give $125 or more – or if you set up a recurring monthly donation by credit card or PayPal.
You can receive a signed copy of the new edition of my first book, Fooling America, which was originally published in 1992 and has been out of print for many years. Along with it, we’ll include a CD of a book talk that I gave in Los Angeles, explaining what was then a little understood phenomenon, the corruption of the mainstream media.
Or we can send you the DVD of the movie, “Kill the Messenger,” recalling the mainstream media’s betrayal of the late investigative reporter Gary Webb who was punished for his work reviving interest in the Contra-cocaine scandal – plus a CD of Webb and me discussing the topic before a crowd in Santa Monica, California, in 1996.
If you wish to get one of the thank-you gifts, just follow up your donation with an e-mail to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on where to mail it. We’ll pay the shipping charges.
Another way to help is to buy one of my books – Fooling America, Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or America’s Stolen Narrative – through the Web site and we’ll also send you a copy of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush for free.
So you can get two books for the price of one and a portion of each sale will go toward the fund drive.
Again, thanks for your support and for making our two decades 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.