Consortiumnews.com was founded in 1995 by investigative journalist Robert Parry as the first investigative news magazine on the Internet. Parry was best known for his role in covering the Iran-Contra affair for the Associated Press (AP) and Newsweek, including breaking the Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare (CIA manual provided to the Nicaraguan contras) and the CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking in the U.S. scandal in 1985.
After Robert Parry's death on January 27, 2018, the site is continued with Joe Lauria as Editor-in-Chief. The site has a high caliber of writers, including John Pilger, Alexander Mercouris, Ray McGovern,Gareth Porter,Max Blumenthal, Caitlin Johnstone and many others. While it certainly is an excellent site covering government nefariousness, it does shy a little bit away from full coverage of the deeper aspects of politics.
As one of the reporters who helped expose the Iran-Contra scandal for The Associated Press in the mid-1980s, I was distressed by the silliness and propaganda that had come to pervade American journalism. I feared, too, that the decline of the U.S. press foreshadowed disasters that would come when journalists failed to alert the public about impending dangers.
We also looked at the underlying problems of modern democracy, particularly the insidious manipulation of citizens by government propaganda and the accomplice role played by mainstream media. Rather than encouraging diversity in analyses especially on topics of war and peace, today’s mainstream media takes a perverse pride in excluding responsible, alternative views.
The major Western news outlets now conflate the discrete difficulties from made-up “fake news” and baseless “conspiracy theories” with responsible dissenting analyses. All get thrown into the same pot and subjected to disdain and ridicule.
We have seen travesties, such as legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh having to take his important story debunking the Obama administration’s claims about the Syria-Sarin case of 2013 to the London Review of Books because his normal outlets in the United States wouldn’t run his exposé.
Documents sourced from Consortium News
|Document:A Long History of America's Dark Side||article||"Terrorism"|
|7 October 2010||Peter Dale Scott|
|Americans are encouraged to unquestioningly view their country and its soldiers as the "good guys" spreading “democracy” and “liberty” around the world. When the US inflicts death and destruction, it’s viewed as a mistake or an aberration. This article reviews the long history of these acts of brutality, a record that suggests they are neither a “mistake” nor an “aberration” but a conscious counterinsurgency doctrine on the "dark side".|
|Document:MH-17 Mystery: A New Tonkin Gulf Case?||article||Gulf of Tonkin Incident|
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
|17 July 2015||Robert Parry||A First anniversary retrospective drawing a compelling parallel with the 'Gulf of Tonkin incident' which became the casus belli for the Vietnam war.|
|Document:MH-17 Slips into propaganda fog||article||Malaysia Airlines Flight 17||9 July 2015||Robert Parry||Almost a year ago, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing 298 people. Yet, instead of a transparent investigation seeking justice, the case became a propaganda game of finger-pointing, with the CIA withholding key evidence all the better to blame Russia|
|Document:October Surprise Memo||memo||October Surprise||4 November 1991||Paul Beach||A "smoking gun" internal memo as regards the October Surprise; it references a meeting about how to keep the conspiracy hidden. In particular, it mentions a cable from the Madrid embassy confirming Bill Casey's presence there.|
|Document:Propaganda, Intelligence and MH-17||article||Malaysia Airlines Flight 17||17 August 2015||Ray McGovern||Propaganda is the life-blood of life-destroying wars, and the U.S. government has reached new heights (or depths) in this art of perception management. A case in point is the media manipulation around last year’s Malaysia Airlines shoot-down over Ukraine, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.|
|Document:The Politics of Terror||article||Deep politics|
"War on Terror"
|31 August 2010||Douglas Valentine|
|Document:Ukraine: One ‘Regime Change’ Too Many?||article||Victoria Nuland|
US/Sponsored Regime-change efforts since 1945
Ukraine Riots 2013-14
|1 March 2014||Ray McGovern||A veteran CIA analyst's take on the US-NATO regime change push in the Ukraine|