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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
Amazon.com, as is his 1999 book, Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth.'
An Apology and Explanation
Perversion of principles -- twisting information to fit a desired conclusion -- became the modus vivendi of American politics and journalism. And those of us who insisted on defending the journalistic principles of skepticism and evenhandedness were increasingly shunned by our colleagues, a hostility that first emerged on the Right and among neoconservatives but eventually sucked in the progressive world as well.
Friday, December 15, 2017(5 comments)
Protecting the Shaky Russia-gate Narrative
The New York Times continues its sorry pattern of falsifying the record on Russia-gate, giving its readers information that the newspaper knows not to be true, reports Robert Parry.
Thursday, December 14, 2017(4 comments)
The Foundering Russia-gate "Scandal"
Taking on water from revealed FBI conflicts of interest, the foundering Russia-gate probe -- and its mainstream media promoters -- are resorting to insults against people who note the listing ship, writes Robert Parry.
Monday, December 11, 2017(2 comments)
Russia-gate's Litany of Corrections
As much as the U.S. mainstream media insists that the Russia-gate scandal is growing, what is undeniably growing is the list of major corrections that news outlets have been forced to issue, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, December 1, 2017(11 comments)
The Scalp-Taking of Gen. Flynn
The Russia-gate prosecutors have taken the scalp of ex- National Security Adviser (and retired Lt. Gen.) Flynn for lying to the FBI. But this case shows how dangerously far afield this "scandal" has gone, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, November 20, 2017(1 comments)
The Lost Journalistic Standards of Russia-gate
The Russia-gate hysteria has witnessed a widespread collapse of journalistic standards as major U.S. news outlets ignore rules about how to treat evidence in dispute, writes Robert Parry.
Thursday, November 16, 2017(3 comments)
Russia-gate Spreads to Europe
The Russia-gate hysteria has jumped the Atlantic with Europeans blaming Russia for Brexit and Catalonian discontent. But what about Israeli influence operations or, for that matter, American ones, asks Robert Parry.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017(1 comments)
America's Righteous Russia-gate Censorship
Arriving behind the anti-Trump "resistance" and the Russia-gate "scandal" is a troubling readiness to silence dissent in the U.S., shutting down information that challenges Official Narratives, writes Robert Parry.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Did Al Qaeda Dupe Trump on Syrian Attack?
Buried deep inside a new U.N. report is evidence that could exonerate the Syrian government in the April 4 sarin atrocity and make President Trump look like an Al Qaeda dupe, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017(2 comments)
Trump and Democrats Misread Mandates
Neither the Democrats nor President Trump learned the right lessons from the 2016 election, leaving the nation divided at home and bogged down in wars abroad, writes Robert Parry.
Monday, November 6, 2017(1 comments)
Learning to Love McCarthyism
Many American liberals who once denounced McCarthyism as evil are now learning to love the ugly tactic when it can be used to advance the Russia-gate "scandal" and silence dissent, reports Robert Parry.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017(2 comments)
Sorting Out the Russia Mess
The U.S. mainstream media finally has its "smoking gun" on Russia-gate -- incriminating information from a junior Trump campaign adviser -- but a closer look reveals serious problems with the "evidence," writes Robert Parry.
Monday, October 30, 2017(1 comments)
Guardians of the Magnitsky Myth
In pursuit of Russia-gate, the U.S. mainstream media embraces any attack on Russia and works to ensure that Americans don't hear the other side of the story, as with the Magnitsky myth, reports Robert Parry.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Russia-gate Breeds "Establishment McCarthyism"
As Russia-gate gives cover for an Establishment attack on Internet freedom and independent news, traditional defenders of a free press and civil liberties are joining the assault or staying on the sidelines, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
What Did Hillary Clinton Know?
With the disclosure that Hillary Clinton's campaign helped pay for the original Russia-gate allegations against Donald Trump, a new question arises: what did Clinton know and when did she know it, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, October 20, 2017(1 comments)
Man Bites Dog: NYT Does Journalism
When the Trump administration blamed Cuba for a "sonic attack" on U.S. diplomats, a New York Times reporter did something unusual for his newspaper: he tried objectively to assess the evidence, as Robert Parry reports.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017(1 comments)
Blaming Russia for the Internet "Sewer"
As the Russia-gate hysteria spirals down from the implausible to the absurd, almost every bad thing is blamed on the Russians, even how they turned the previously pristine Internet into a "sewer," reports Robert Parry.
Sunday, October 15, 2017(1 comments)
How Netanyahu Pulls Trump's Strings
It turns out that Hillary Clinton was partly correct: President Trump is a "puppet," but his puppet master isn't Russian President Putin but Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, reports Robert Parry.
Saturday, October 14, 2017(1 comments)
The Legacy of Reagan's Civilian "Psyops"
When the Reagan administration launched peacetime "psyops" in the mid-1980s, it pulled in civilian agencies to help spread these still-ongoing techniques of deception and manipulation, reports Robert Parry.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017(2 comments)
Russia-gate Jumps the Shark
Russia-gate has jumped the shark with laughable new claims about a tiny number of "Russia-linked" social media ads, but the U.S. mainstream media is determined to keep a straight face, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, October 6, 2017(5 comments)
President Trump boasts about his "zigzag" foreign policy as if inconsistency is an attribute in dealing with a fragile world, but his zigzagging endangers backchannel intermediaries handling outreach to North Korea, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017(4 comments)
How 2nd Amendment Distortions Kill
The Las Vegas massacre underscores the intellectual dishonesty of the "gun rights" lobby, which falsifies Second Amendment history and pretends armed citizens could shoot back to stop slaughters, writes Robert Parry.
Thursday, September 28, 2017(3 comments)
The Slimy Business of Russia-gate
As the U.S. government doles out tens of millions of dollars to "combat Russian propaganda," one result is a slew of new "studies" by "scholars" and "researchers" auditioning for the loot, reports Robert Parry.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017(13 comments)
The Rise of the New McCarthyism
As the New McCarthyism takes hold in America, the neocon Washington Post makes Russia the villain in virtually every bad thing that happens, with U.S. dissidents treated as "fellow-travelers," writes Robert Parry.
Monday, September 25, 2017
WPost Pushes More Dubious Russia-bashing
The Washington Post has published another front-page story about Russia maybe placing some ads on Facebook, but the article violates a host of journalistic principles in hyping its case, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, September 22, 2017(3 comments)
The Crazy Imbalance of Russia-gate
If the U.S. government and mainstream media are really concerned about foreign influence in American politics, they might look at Israel and other nations with much more clout than Russia, notes Robert Parry.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017(10 comments)
Trump Falls in Line with Interventionism
President Trump's U.N. speech showed that despite his America First rhetoric, his policies are virtually the same as the neocon strategies of George W. Bush and liberal interventionism of Barack Obama, says Robert Parry.
Sunday, September 17, 2017(8 comments)
Harvard's Cowardice on Chelsea Manning
In an abject display of intellectual cowardice, Harvard's Kennedy School withdrew a fellowship from Chelsea Manning after hearing protests from accomplices in the war crimes she exposed, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, September 15, 2017(3 comments)
The NYT's Yellow Journalism on Russia
The New York Times' descent into yellow journalism over Russia recalls the sensationalism of Hearst and Pulitzer leading to the Spanish-American War, but the risks to humanity are much greater now, writes Robert Parry.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017(3 comments)
Reagan Documents Shed Light on U.S. "Meddling"
"Secret" documents from the Reagan administration show how the U.S. embedded "political action," i.e., the manipulation of foreign governments, in ostensibly well-meaning organizations, reports Robert Parry.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017(27 comments)
Has the NYT Gone Collectively Mad?
Crossing a line from recklessness into madness, The New York Times published a front-page opus suggesting that Russia was behind social media criticism of Hillary Clinton, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, September 11, 2017(1 comments)
Echoes of Iraq -- WMD Fraud in Syria
Just as the West ignored signs in 2002-03 that anti-government Iraqis were fabricating WMD claims, evidence is being brushed aside that Syrian jihadists have ginned up chemical attacks, reports Robert Parry.
Saturday, September 9, 2017(2 comments)
U.N. Enablers of "Aggressive War"
U.N. investigative reports, like a new one condemning Syria for alleged sarin use, are received as impartial and credible, but are often just more war propaganda from compromised bureaucrats, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, September 8, 2017(3 comments)
A New Hole in Syria-Sarin Certainty
A new contradiction has emerged in the West's groupthink blaming Syria for an April 4 chemical attack, with one group of U.N. investigators raising doubt about the flight of a Syrian warplane, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, September 4, 2017(14 comments)
How "Regime Change" Wars Led to Korea Crisis
The U.S.-led aggressions against Iraq and Libya are two war crimes that keep on costing, with their grim examples of what happens to leaders who get rid of WMDs driving the scary showdown with North Korea, writes Robert Parry.
Saturday, September 2, 2017(5 comments)
Russia-gate's Totalitarian Style
The New York Times is at it again, reporting unproven allegations about Russia as flat fact, while anyone who questions the Russia-gate groupthink faces ugly attacks, reports Robert Parry.
Friday, August 25, 2017(4 comments)
The Possible Education of Donald Trump
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is ratcheting up war tensions in Syria again, but President Trump reportedly is not happy with the threats as he shifts again toward resisting the neocons, writes Robert Parry.
Friday, August 18, 2017(19 comments)
Russia-gate's Evidentiary Void
5A cyber-warfare expert sees no technical evidence linking Russia to the Democratic email releases, but The New York Times presses ahead with a new hope that Ukraine can fill the void, reports Robert Parry.
Saturday, August 12, 2017(15 comments)
Russia-gate's Fatally Flawed Logic
By pushing the Russia-gate "scandal" and neutering President Trump's ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea, writes Robert Parry.
Saturday, August 5, 2017(17 comments)
Neocons Leverage Trump-Hate for More Wars
The enactment of new sanctions against Russia and Iran -- with the support of nearly all Democrats and Republicans in Congress -- shows how the warmongering neocons again have come out on top, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017(3 comments)
A Blacklisted Film and the New Cold War
As Congress still swoons over the anti-Kremlin Magnitsky narrative, Western political and media leaders refuse to let their people view a documentary that debunks the fable, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, July 31, 2017(5 comments)
Can Trump Find the "Great" Path?
After a half year in office, President Trump is stumbling toward a "reality TV" irrelevance or worse, but a narrow path remains to make a historically important contribution to the nation, writes Robert Parry.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017(11 comments)
Netanyahu Pushes Trump Toward Wider Wars
Russia-gate is empowering Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to strong-arm President Trump into escalating the Syrian war by abandoning a recent cease-fire and challenging Iran and Russia, reports Robert Parry.
Thursday, June 29, 2017(16 comments)
NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard
A founding Russia-gate myth is that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked into and distributed Democratic emails, a falsehood that The New York Times has belatedly retracted, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017(8 comments)
Russia-gate Is No Watergate or Iran-Contra
Many comparisons have been made between Russia-gate and the earlier scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra, but the similarities are at best superficial, explains Robert Parry.
Sunday, June 25, 2017(14 comments)
Policing "Truth" to Restore "Trust"
The U.S. mainstream media insists it just wants "truth" algorithms to purge "fake news" from the Internet, but the real goal seems to be restoring public "trust" by limiting what the people get to see, reports Robert Parry.
Saturday, June 3, 2017(5 comments)
Hillary Clinton's Deceptive Blame-Shifting
While complaining about "fake news" that undercut her campaign, Hillary Clinton continued her own "fake news" falsehood about the U.S. intelligence assessment on Russian election "meddling."
The 'Soft Coup' of Russia-gate
The Russia-gate hysteria has grown stronger after President Trump's firing of FBI Director Comey, but the bigger question is whether an American "soft coup" is in the works, reports Robert Parry.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017(87 comments)
Why Hillary Clinton Really Lost
An insider book on Campaign 2016 reveals a paranoid Hillary Clinton who spied on staff emails after losing in 2008 and carried her political dysfunction into her loss to Donald Trump, writes Robert Parry.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017(27 comments)
The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate
Official Washington's groupthink is that Russian "disinformation" helped elect Donald Trump, but the evidence is actually much stronger that Russian "dirt" was helping Hillary Clinton, reports Robert Parry.
Saturday, March 25, 2017(13 comments)
How US Flooded the World with Psyops
The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian "propaganda" yet the U.S. government created a "psyops" bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the world with dubious information, reports Robert Parry.
Thursday, March 23, 2017(8 comments)
Democrats Trade Places on War and McCarthyism
The anti-Russia hysteria gripping the Democratic Party marks a "trading places" moment as the Democrats embrace the New Cold War and the New McCarthyism, flipping the script on Republicans, writes Robert Parry.
Monday, March 20, 2017(3 comments)
NYT's "Tinfoil Hat" Conspiracy Theory
There is a "tinfoil-hat" quality to The New York Times' pushing its "Donald Trump Is Russia's Manchurian Candidate" conspiracy theory as the newspaper sinks deeper into a New McCarthyism, reports Robert Parry.
Thursday, March 16, 2017(1 comments)
The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow
The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more "regime change" wars, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, March 13, 2017(16 comments)
When "Disinformation" Is Truth
Democrats and liberals have climbed into bed with the neocons to push the "Russia-did-it" conspiracy theory as a way to "get Trump," but this New McCarthyism has grave dangers, writes Robert Parry.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017(3 comments)
Fresh Doubts about Russian "Hacking"
The gauzy allegations of Russia "hacking" the Democrats to elect Donald Trump just got hazier with WikiLeaks' new revelations about CIA cyber-spying and the capability to pin the blame on others, reports Robert Parry.
Monday, March 6, 2017(3 comments)
Official Washington Tips into Madness
President Trump responded to evidence-lite accusations from Democrats about his ties to Russia with his own air-filled allegations about President Obama wiretapping Trump Tower, as Robert Parry shakes his head.
Sunday, March 5, 2017(13 comments)
The Politics Behind "Russia-gate"
The hysteria over "Russia-gate" continues to grow -- as President Trump's enemies circle -- but at its core there may be no there there while it risks pushing the world toward nuclear annihilation, writes Robert Parry.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Mainstream Media's "Victimhood"
Just weeks ago, mainstream U.S. media decried "fake news" and backed a blacklist of independent news sites over "Russian propaganda." Now, under fire from President Trump, the MSM loves a free press, writes Robert Parry.