Make-or-Break End-of-Year Fund Drive

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.

We are setting our end-of-year fundraising goal at $45,000, trying to raise $45K in 45 days.

We are also offering a new premium gift, The Killing Game, a selection of investigative news articles by the late Gary Webb, with an afterword that I wrote describing Webb’s persecution at the hands of the major U.S. news media. We are offering The Killing Game as a gift for donations of $100 or more.

Or, for donations of $75 or more, you can get as a premium gift an autographed copy of any one of my last three books: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep.

For donations of $60 or more, you can get a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” which I co-wrote. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan in the pivotal 1980 election.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com — if you want one of the premium gifts. (We are a 501-c-3 non-profit, so your donation may be tax-deductible.) Here are four easy ways to contribute:

First option: You can make a donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Second: If you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here.

(If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

Third option: if you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the three-book set of Robert Parry’s Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $29, postage included. For details, click here.

Fourth: you can help us close out our warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each.

You can give the books away as gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. For details about this bulk book order, click here.

You also may have noted that we have followed the advice of some readers who wanted us to supplement our fundraising with paid ads. However, the additional income is likely to cover only about one-tenth of our expenses. So your donations and book purchases will remain our principal source of funding.

As always, thanks for your support.

Robert Parry, Editor

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.




Help Us with the 3-Book Set

From Robert Parry: As part of our effort to clear out warehouse space and distribute the valuable journalism we have done over the years, we are offering the three-book set Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep at the deep discount price of only $29 for all three, postage included.

We also are continuing to offer full cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep 28 books to a carton for only $59, also with free postage.

To get these discounts all you need to do is:

Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $29 “donation” (for the three-book set) or a $59 “donation” (for a full carton) on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection.

With the full-carton offer, you have a choice of a half-and-half split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book, 28 in paperback. Or a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep.

You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

(For non-U.S. orders on the three-book set, please add $10 for the additional postage. Sadly, the cost of overseas shipments of full cartons is prohibitive.)

The three books include some of most important work we have done at Consortiumnews.com over the past 16 years.

Lost History by Robert Parry recounts how the U.S. political process was led astray, in part, by the failure to face up to the darker chapters of America’s recent history. Even well-documented parts of that history, such as evidence of Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking, were marginalized during Ronald Reagan’s feel-good presidency.

Secrecy & Privilege by Robert Parry explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980; and tracks Bush’s role in other national security scandals, such as Iran-Contra and Iraqgate.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.

Besides helping us close out our warehouse space, a portion of each book purchase will go to keep the Consortiumnews.com Web site alive.

Thanks so much for your help.

Robert Parry

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.




In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in September dealt with America’s deepening economic crisis, the political/media failures of the Establishment, solving a three-decade-old mystery about George H.W. Bush, the Founders’ actual views on government, and more.

Why Do All Hail Gen. Petraeus” by Robert Parry, examining the myths surrounding the new CIA director. (Sept. 1, 2011)

Is Obama to Blame for America’s Mess?” by Robert Parry, assessing the President’s responsibility for what went wrong. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Jesus: Redistributionist-in-Chief” by Rev. Howard Bess, contrasting the Gospel message with right-wing Christianity. (Sept. 4, 2011)

Democracy v. the Greedy Rich” by Kevin Zeese, detailing how the rich gained so much control. (Sept. 6, 2011)

Resetting the American Narrative” by Robert Parry, describing how the debate over “free markets” could be revised. (Sept. 8, 2011)

Bush’s October Surprise File in Dispute” by Robert Parry, challenging the continued secrecy around George H.W. Bush’s whereabouts. (Sept 9, 2011)

Bird-dogging Torturers in NYC” by Ray McGovern, recounting his encounters with Bush administration higher-ups. (Sept. 9, 2011)

Who Are These People?” by Robert Parry, marveling at the limited Iraq War mea culpa of the New York Times’ Bill Keller. (Sept. 12, 2011)

CNN Panders to Tea Party” by Robert Parry, reporting on CNN’s craven collaboration with Tea Party extremists. (Sept. 13, 2011)

On Libya, Now They Tell Us” by Robert Parry, noting the Big Media’s belated admissions about the dark side of the Libyan rebels. (Sept. 15, 2011)

Cheney’s Unintended Admissions” by Robert Parry, culling a few truths from the ex-Vice President’s self-serving memoir. (Sept. 16, 2011)

Dick Cheney: Son of the New Deal” by Robert Parry, reflecting on the irony of how this right-wing icon found success. (Sept. 16, 2011)

Tea Party Gets the Constitution Wrong” by Robert Parry, exposing the sloppy historical analysis from the Right. (Sept. 18, 2011)

The Dark Legacy of Reaganomics” by Robert Parry, recounting how Ronald Reagan’s policies damaged America. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Running from Right-Wing Clowns” by Phil Rockstroh, wondering why liberals flee in the face of right-wing nonsense. (Sept. 21, 2011)

Bill Gates v. Photojournalists” by Don North, reporting on the dashed hopes of cameramen who cover wars and other dangerous places. (Sept. 22, 2011)

Obama’s Double Talk on Palestine” by Marc H. Ellis, dissecting the President’s contortions over Palestinian statehood. (Sept. 24, 2011)

The One Answer: Tax the Rich” by Robert Parry, explaining why raising taxes on the rich would solve so many problems at once. (Sept. 26, 2011)

Taking a Bush Secret to the Grave” by Robert Parry, exposing a three-decade-old secret about the identity of George H.W. Bush’s key October Surprise alibi witness. (Sept. 27, 2011)

Moneyball: the Value of Reason” by Lisa Pease, looking at the deeper message underlying a popular movie. (Sept. 29, 2011)

Would the Founders Back Health Law?” by Robert Parry, examining “original intent” about American competitiveness. (Sept. 29, 2011)

To produce and publish these stories and many more costs money. And except for book sales and an occasional ad, we depend on the support of our readers.

So, please consider a tax-deductible donation either by credit card online or by mailing a check. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named “consortnew@aol.com.”).

For a donation of $75, we will send you a gift, autographed copy of Neck Deep (or another book by Robert Parry, either Lost History or Secrecy & Privilege or Don North’s DVD “Yesterday’s Enemies” just tell us your choice).

Thanks for your support.




A $20,000 ‘Challenge Grant’

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 equaling the amount.

Though not technically a “matching grant,” we would still like to show this donor that our readers care enough about our work that they will try to “match” the amount. So, let’s call it a “challenge grant.”

There are four ways you can help us reach this $20,000 goal:

First: You can make a tax-deductible donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

Second: if you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. (For the purpose of the “challenge grant,” we’ll count a monthly sign-up as 12 times whatever your amount is.)

With contributions of $10 or more a month, you also can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here. (If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com.)

Third: As part of reaching our goal, we’ll also count any purchases of our three-book set Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep for the discount price of $29 (postage included).  For details, click here.

Fourth: We are offering, at an even bigger discount, full cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can get a mix of half and half, 14 of each. That’s about $2 per book and postage is included for U.S. shipments. For details, click here.

Plus: For tax-deductible donations of $50 or more, you can request as a premium gift a DVD of the 1991 PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” that I co-wrote. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan.

For donations of $75 or more, we will add the two-DVD set of the closed-door congressional debriefing of Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, describing his role in these historic events.

If you’d prefer, a book instead of a DVD, you can ask for an autographed copy of one of my last three books Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep as a substitute.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com.

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 and timidity of the mainstream U.S. news media.




Take Advantage of Our Book Discounts

From Robert Parry: For a limited time, we are offering as a three-book set Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep at the deep discount price of only $29 for all three, postage included.

We also are continuing to offer full cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep 28 books to a carton for only $59, also with free postage.

To get these discounts all you need to do is:

Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $29 “donation” (for the three-book set) or a $59 “donation” (for a full carton) on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection.

For the full-carton offer, you have a choice of a half-and-half split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book, 28 in paperback. Or a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep.

You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

We can do non-U.S. orders for the three-book set if you add $10 to your payment. (Sadly, the cost of overseas shipments of full cartons is prohibitive.)

The three books include some of most important work we have done at Consortiumnews.com over the past decade and a half.

Lost History by Robert Parry recounts how the U.S. political process was led astray, in part, by the failure to face up to the darker chapters of America’s recent history. Even well-documented parts of that history, such as evidence of Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking, were marginalized during Ronald Reagan’s feel-good presidency.

Secrecy & Privilege by Robert Parry explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980; and tracks Bush’s role in other national security scandals, such as Iran-Contra and Iraqgate.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.

Besides helping us close out our warehouse space, a portion of each book purchase will go to keep the Consortiumnews.com Web site alive.

Thanks so much for your help.

Robert Parry

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.




In Case You Missed…

Some of our special stories in August explored stubborn conflicts raging from Libya to Afghanistan, reported on social upheavals within Western societies, reflected on the hypocrisy of Christian violence, and more.

Norway’s Christian Killer” by Gary G. Kohls, exploring the madness behind the massacre of scores of young people in the name of Jesus. (August 1, 2011)

Mocking the Gaza Flotilla” by Ann Wright and Hagit Borer, responding to public attacks on a humanitarian mission. (August 1, 2011)

Obama on the Backs of the Poor” by Ray McGovern, noting the damage to the poor from President Barack Obama’s surrender to Republican blackmail. (August 3, 2011)

Beyond the Debt Limit Fiasco” by Phil Rockstroh, examining what needs to be done to reshape the American political/media structure. (August 3, 2011)

Spain’s Battle Against Austerity” by Pablo Ouziel, giving a front-line look at what’s in store for Western societies as banks are pampered and people pay the price. (August 7, 2011)

More US Soldiers Die in Vain” by Ray McGovern, recognizing the harsh reality in the mounting death toll from America’s two misbegotten wars. (August 7, 2011)

Nuking Japan’s Christian Center” by Gary G. Kohls, recalling the fateful decision to destroy Nagasaki, home of Japan’s strongest Christian community. (August 9, 2011)

US Lost Its Way From Omaha Beach” by Robert Parry, reflecting on how America’s bravery in liberating Europe has been betrayed by subsequent actions. (August 10, 2011)

Wisconsin GOP Hangs onto Senate” by Lisa Pease, drawing lessons from a grassroots campaign against Republican extremism. (August 10, 2011)

Life in an Age of Looting” by Phil Rockstroh, contemplating the violent breakdown of Western civilization. (August 12, 2011)

Keeping a Curious Bush Secret” by Robert Parry, reporting on the Bush Library’s refusal to release an October Surprise secret on George H.W. Bush’s whereabouts. (August 12, 2011)

The Dangerous Reagan Cult” by Robert Parry, tracing modern-day Republican extremism back to the anti-government rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. (August 16, 2011)

Did Tenet Hide Key 9/11 Info?” by Ray McGovern, looking back at what CIA Director George Tenet knew and what he shared. (August 16, 2011)

Truth Still a Casualty at Dieppe” by Don North, reflecting on the press propaganda that surrounded a World War II catastrophe. (August 18, 2011)

Making Airport Screening Saner” by William John Cox, proposing ways to improve the sometimes crazy screening process at U.S. airports.( August 23, 2011)

Orange Jumpsuits / Double Standards” by Robert Parry, contrasting the harsh treatment of London looters with benign neglect of UK/U.S. war criminals. (August 25, 2011)

New War Rationale: Protect Civilians” by Robert Parry, questioning the rationale for NATO’s “regime change” intervention in Libya. (August 27, 2011)

NATO’s Orwellian Twist in Libya” by Craig Murray, exposing the hypocrisy behind NATO’s protecting some Libyan civilians and killing others. (August 29, 2011)

Rise of Another CIA Yes Man” by Ray McGovern, tracing the history of the CIA official who will guide retired Gen. David Petraeus. (August 29, 2011)

Time Finally Ran Out for Atiyah” by Robert Parry, reporting on the death of the Libyan al-Qaeda terrorist who oversaw the plan to bog the U.S. down in Iraq. (August 30, 2011)

The Clash over Dr. King’s Legacy” by William Loren Katz, wondering if Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of social justice will be watered down. (August 31, 2011)

In Libya, a Bloodbath Looms” by Robert Parry, warning that NATO’s “victory” might end in a bloodletting of Muammar Gaddafi’s supporters. (August 31, 2011)

To produce and publish these stories and many more costs money. And except for book sales, we depend solely on the support of our readers.

So, please consider a tax-deductible donation either by credit card online or by mailing a check. (For readers wanting to use PayPal, you can address contributions to our account, which is named “consortnew@aol.com.”).

For a donation of $100, we will send you a gift, autographed copy of Neck Deep (or another book by Robert Parry, either Lost History or Secrecy & Privilege or Don North’s DVD “Yesterday’s Enemies” just tell us your choice).

Thanks for your support.




Deep Discount on Three-Book Set

From Robert Parry: As part of our “empty the warehouse” drive, we are re-offering, for a limited time, the three-book set Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep at a deep discount of only $29 for all three.

We also will continue to offer full cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep 28 books to a carton for only $59. We have to reduce our book stockpile by about 20 more cartons so we can close out our warehouse space and move the remainder into a corner of my house.

(For both offers, I’ll pay the shipping and handling for all U.S. orders.)

What I really don’t want to do is throw out any of these books. Too much hard work went into them.

Here’s how you can help us avoid that:

Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $29 charge (for the three-book set) or a $59 charge (for a full carton) on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection.

For the full-carton offer, you have a choice of a half-and-half split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book, 28 in paperback. Or a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep.

You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

We can do non-U.S. orders for the three-book set if you add $10 to your payment. (Sadly, the cost of overseas shipments of full cartons is prohibitive.)

The three books include some of most important work we have done at Consortiumnews.com over the past decade and a half.

Lost History by Robert Parry recounts how the U.S. political process was led astray, in part, by the failure to face up to the darker chapters of America’s recent history. Even well-documented parts of that history, such as evidence of Nicaraguan Contra drug trafficking, were marginalized during Ronald Reagan’s feel-good presidency.

Secrecy & Privilege by Robert Parry explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980; and tracks Bush’s role in other national security scandals, such as Iran-Contra and Iraqgate.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.

Besides helping us save on our warehouse costs, a portion of each book purchase will go keep the Consortiumnews.com Web site alive.

Thanks so much for your help.

Robert Parry

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.




Help Empty Our Book Warehouse

From Robert Parry: I’ve carved out enough space in my house for most of the remaining cartons of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep. But there are still about 25 to 30 cartons that don’t fit.

You can help us solve that problem and close out our warehouse space by buying a carton of 28 books for only $59. (I’ll pay the shipping and handling for U.S. orders.)

You can use the books as gifts, donate them to local libraries or resell them. One public radio station in Texas used Secrecy & Privilege as a premium gift for a fund drive, with me on for an hour to help the station raise money.

What I really don’t want to do is throw out these books. Too much hard work went into them.

Here’s how you can help us avoid that:

–Go to the Consortiumnews.com’s donation site and put in a $59 charge on your Visa or Mastercard. Follow up with an e-mail to consortnew@aol.com to give us your mailing address and your book selection. You can get a 50-50 split of Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (14 each in paperback). Or a full carton of either book in paperback. Or a full carton of 24 hardback copies of Neck Deep.

–You can also order with a check made out to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.

–Or by PayPal by making a payment to our account which is named after our e-mail address: “consortnew@aol.com” (Please include your book choice and mailing address in the PayPal message.)

If a full carton is too much for you right now, you can also help us by ordering just a two-book set for the discount price of only $19. Again, I’ll pay the shipping and handling for U.S. orders. (For foreign orders, just add $10 for the extra shipping.) For the two-book set, you can use the same payment methods mentioned above.

Secrecy & Privilege by Robert Parry explains how George H.W. Bush rose to power through his service to Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal; describes Bush’s bloody year as chief of the CIA; and exposes his secret effort to undermine President Jimmy Carter’s Iran-hostage talks in 1980.

Neck Deep by Robert, Sam and Nat Parry takes this remarkable story of the Bush Family’s rise forward to George W. Bush seizing the highest office in land with the help of the Right’s powerful propaganda machinery, the systemic failure of the mainstream U.S. news media, and the coup d’etat of Republican political cronies on the U.S. Supreme Court handing Bush the White House.

Besides helping us save on warehouse costs, a portion of each book purchase will go keep the Consortiumnews.com Web site alive.

Thanks so much for your help.

Robert Parry

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.




Thanks to Our Readers

 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…

We will be offering the thank-you gifts that were available during the fund drive for a while longer.

These are the four easy ways to support our independent investigative journalism:

First option: You can make a tax-deductible donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

With any donation of $50 or more, you can request as a premium gift a copy of one of two documentaries about the historic 1980 election:

A DVD of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” co-written by Robert Parry. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan.

Or, filmmaker William Brandon Shanley’s documentary, “The Made for TV Election,” which examines the role of media manipulation. It is narrated by actor Martin Sheen.

For $100, you can get both. And for $125, we will add the two-DVD set of the closed-door congressional debriefing of Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, describing his role in these historic events.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com.

If you’d prefer, a book instead of a DVD, you can ask for an autographed copy of one of Robert Parry’s last three books Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep as a substitute. Just follow up your donation with an e-mail expressing your choice.

Second: if you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here.

(If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com. If you prefer, we can substitute “The Election Held Hostage” or “The Made for TV Election.” Just ask.)

Third option: if you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the two-book set of Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $19, postage included. For details, click here.

Fourth: you can help us close out our warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each.

You can give the books away as gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. (One reader placed an order for her book club, a great idea since each book costs only about $2.)

For details about this bulk book order, click here and scroll down to the $59 offer.

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 and timidity of the mainstream U.S. news media.




The ‘Don’t Kill That Puppy’ Appeal

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 plan, but

If you can help us raise the $8,000 or so we still need before the fund drive ends at midnight Wednesday, there are four easy ways to support our independent investigative journalism:

First option: You can make a tax-deductible donation by credit card at the Web site or by check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201. Or you can use PayPal (our account is named after our e-mail address “consortnew@aol.com”).

With any donation of $50 or more, you can request as a premium gift a copy of one of two documentaries about the historic 1980 election:

A DVD of the PBS “Frontline” documentary “The Election Held Hostage,” co-written by Robert Parry. It explores whether Republican skullduggery with Iran was a factor in electing Ronald Reagan.

Or, filmmaker William Brandon Shanley’s documentary, “The Made for TV Election,” which examines the role of media manipulation. It is narrated by actor Martin Sheen.

For $100, you can get both. And for $125, we will add the two-DVD set of the closed-door congressional debriefing of Israeli intelligence officer Ari Ben-Menashe, describing his role in these historic events.

Once you make your donation, simply e-mail us your selection at consortnew@aol.com.

If you’d prefer, a book instead of a DVD, you can ask for an autographed copy of one of Robert Parry’s last three books Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep as a substitute. Just follow up your donation with an e-mail expressing your choice.

Second: if you’d rather spread out your support in smaller amounts, you can sign up for a monthly donation. With contributions of $10 or more a month, you can qualify for war correspondent Don North’s DVD, “Yesterday’s Enemies” about the lives of former Salvadoran guerrillas. For details, click here.

(If you sign up for a monthly donation and want to get Don’s DVD, remember to contact us at consortnew@aol.com. If you prefer, we can substitute “The Election Held Hostage” or “The Made for TV Election.” Just ask.)

Third option: if you can’t afford a donation right now, you can also help us reach our fundraising goal by taking advantage of our deep discount for the two-book set of Robert Parry’s Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep (co-authored with Sam and Nat Parry). The sale price for the set is only $19, postage included. For details, click here.

Fourth: you can help us close out our warehouse space by buying full boxes of Secrecy & Privilege or Neck Deep for only $59. Each carton contains 28 paperbacks, or you can ask that we give you a mix of half and half, 14 of each.

You can give the books away as gifts or resell them for your own fundraiser. (One reader placed an order for her book club, a great idea since each book costs only about $2.)

For details about this bulk book order, click here and scroll down to the $59 offer.

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 and timidity of the mainstream U.S. news media.