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Robert Parry wins IF Stone Award!

Posted by Charles II on September 23, 2015

Nieman Foundation News:

In recognition of a career distinguished by meticulously researched investigations, intrepid questioning and reporting that has challenged both conventional wisdom and mainstream media, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard will present journalist Robert Parry with the 2015 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence during a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 22, 2015.

Parry is known for breaking many of the stories related to the Iran-Contra affair while working at The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He received the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984 for his work on Iran-Contra at the AP, where he broke the story that the CIA had provided a manual to the Nicaraguan Contras (“Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare”) that outlined ways to build support for the Contra cause and carry out political assassinations.

In 1985, he was the first to report on Oliver North’s involvement in the affair and along with his AP colleague Brian Barger, was the first to describe the Contras’ role in cocaine trafficking in the United States – stories that led to an internal investigation and a congressional inquiry. Parry also was a 1985 Pulitzer finalist for his work.

In the early 1990s, Parry made several documentaries for PBS’s Frontline on the October Surprise allegations about a plot to influence the outcome of the 1980 presidential election between incumbent Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Former Nieman Foundation curator Bill Kovach, chair of the advisory committee that oversees the annual award, said, “Robert Parry has for decades been one of the most tenacious investigative journalists….he has created a unique news website to replace disinformation with facts based on deep research.”

Parry sacrificed his career to report the news. I hope that people will sacrifice a few dollars to support Consortium News, which continues to deliver real news to a nation starved for it.

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Look out (slightly) below, worldwide edition

Posted by Charles II on September 23, 2015

Asia down 1-3%

NIKKEI -1.96%
HSI -2.56%
STI -0.90%

US futures slightly greater than -0.5%

FTSE futures, similar

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Snopes is under attack

Posted by Charles II on September 23, 2015

The People’s Cube, a right-wing fake news/”humor” site that confuses hate with humor has accused the people who run Snopes of actual crimes: owners Barbara and David Mikkelson
were detained by police today after an unrelated investigation of a editor lead police onto a paper trail of corruption, bribery, and fraud…

This is being circulated by right-wingers, along with a Photoshopped picture of David Mikkelson supposedly being perp-walked. I do not see any clear indication on the site that it is a humor site.

Barbara Mikkelson is one of my heroes. Snopes is one of the few efforts that have helped to slow down the lie machine. I am saddened that things have fallen to this point.

The lie is being propagated by, among others:




Are right-wingers really this gullible?

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