January 28, 2018
Robert Parry Has Died
Robert Parry, the classic investigative journalist, founder and editor of the Consortium News website, has died.
This is a huge loss for everyone who has kept some skepticism about the propagandistic media onslaught on our consciousness. Parry's writing was always fact based, well grounded and beyond the usual claptrap. The Iran-Contra stroy, Reagan's October surprise and dozens of other political crimes would have been buried had Robert Parry not dug into them.
In his last post on December 31, An Apology and Explanation, he offered these closing words of his long career:
[A]s the New Year dawns – if I could change one thing about America and Western journalism, it would be that we all repudiate “information warfare” in favor of an old-fashioned respect for facts and fairness — and do whatever we can to achieve a truly informed electorate.
Robert's son Nat Parry, who also writes and edits at Consortium News, gives an overview of Robert's work in his obituary. There was hardly any large political scandal in the last 40 years, that Robert Parry had not reported on. He truly made a difference.
May he rest in peace.
Posted by b on January 28, 2018 at 03:35 PM | Permalink
Posted by: Oddlots | Jan 28, 2018 3:42:49 PM | 1
Sad news on Parry. Very few of the Vietnam era investigative journalists that have held onto their ethics left now.
Posted by: Peter AU 1 | Jan 28, 2018 3:50:07 PM | 2
Very sad news.
Posted by: farragut | Jan 28, 2018 3:59:55 PM | 3
The planet will be a much worse place without him. His tenacity and thoroughness were amazing.
Posted by: Michael | Jan 28, 2018 4:04:38 PM | 4
american journalistic scene as bad as it is got a whole lot worse...Robert Parry one of last honest american journalists in a sea of fake news pundits
Posted by: brian | Jan 28, 2018 4:08:39 PM | 5
What a loss!
May he rest in peace!
Posted by: GoraDiva | Jan 28, 2018 4:17:35 PM | 6
I join the chorus of grief and dismay.
Condolences to the Parry family. I hope that Nat and the other members and contributors at Consortium News keep up the good work.
Even B. can't do it all.
Posted by: Ort | Jan 28, 2018 4:56:49 PM | 7
Truly one of the great ones, who will not be forgotten. I first saw his reports a few years after he launched his website, as his obit says:
“Nevertheless, Bob continued his efforts to tell the full story behind both the Iran-Contra scandal and the origins of the Reagan-Bush era, ultimately leading to two things: him being pushed out of the mainstream media, and the launching of Consortiumnews.com.”
I think of it as being inoculated against the virus of mainstream media propaganda. Once you see how reality can diverge from what the ‘official’ narrative claims - that’s a life-changing moment, you learn how to weigh claims against evidence and come to your own conclusions. I’ll be forever grateful to his memory.
Posted by: nonsense factory | Jan 28, 2018 5:06:03 PM | 8
Yet another of the Truth Seekers--a sub-species of human all too rare and increasingly endangered within the English-speaking world. Fortunately it appears his Consortium News website will continue along with his son in his stead.
Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 28, 2018 5:25:15 PM | 9
Deeply saddened, but let us also take inspiration from this life well lived. Condolences to his family.
Posted by: Steve Abbott | Jan 28, 2018 5:30:27 PM | 10
Very sad news, indeed. More of us will have to stand up to replace him, as it will take more than one to take his place.
Posted by: WorldBLee | Jan 28, 2018 5:54:03 PM | 11
Posted by: spudski | Jan 28, 2018 6:02:27 PM | 12
Deepest condolence. Farewell rests in peace my fren.
Posted by: OSJ | Jan 28, 2018 6:26:33 PM | 13
RIP Mr. Parry, you will be missed.
Posted by: WG | Jan 28, 2018 6:27:52 PM | 14
Truly a giant of courage and integrity. Condolences to his family and colleagues at Consortium.
Posted by: Anti_republocrat | Jan 28, 2018 6:35:16 PM | 15
Very highly suggest reading Nat Parry's Overview b linked to above.
Posted by: karlof1 | Jan 28, 2018 6:50:42 PM | 16
Thanks b, great tribute for a great man. He'll be missed. Wonderful last link, a must read.
Consortium News is a daily stop for me.
Posted by: ben | Jan 28, 2018 7:00:35 PM | 17
A great journalist as well as a great American. He will be missed.....
Posted by: georgeg | Jan 28, 2018 7:39:14 PM | 18
thanks b for drawing my attention to it.. i never followed him closely, but what i had read, i enjoyed.. this obituary from his son is quite touching and articulates the amount of great work he was involved in.. it is unfortunate he is gone so suddently..
Posted by: james | Jan 28, 2018 8:22:00 PM | 19
From his son's tribute:
"We felt it was important to remind readers – as well as future historians – that some of us knew and reported in real time the mistakes that were being made on everything from withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol to invading Iraq to implementing a policy of torture to bungling the response to Hurricane Katrina."
It applies to us all...
Posted by: daffyDuct | Jan 28, 2018 9:05:21 PM | 20
Great loss to seekers of the Truth.
Bigger loss that most all Americans never heard of him or read his works or care to learn the Truth.
A nation of sheep is also a nation of ignorants.
They hide from the Truth, fear the effect of the Truth and think first that Truthtellers are radicals.
This is why it is not good enough to come to MOA and take in some of the Truth.
Evangelize, spread it, make it your business to open more minds and maybe change will have a chance, maybe we'll assist in ending the Empire.
Posted by: Red Ryder | Jan 28, 2018 9:19:55 PM | 21
A true giant. A tireless investigator of the truth. He will be missed. I read his work vociferously and it inspired me to make the 9-22 movie about how Ronald Reagan's team conspired to undermine Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election (with Iran's Mullahs) and then sold them arms as part of the Iran-Contra program. I always wish he had gone ONE step further and linked the Iran-Contra scandal with the War on Drugs in the U.S. and how the same characters were bringing drugs from Central America into America's ghettos to in effect imprison literally millions of African-Americans and change the electoral map of the U.S. ... creating a huge incarcaration industry, changing drug laws ..putting more African-Americans in Jail than there were slaves before the Civil War. Parry understood what Reagan had truly done. And he wrote brilliantly.. albeit a very complex story. He was shunned, marginalized and pushed aside - although his story was true, and damning -- IF ONLY Joe Public was made aware of it. Its NOT too late, but someone has to champion this same story, this same narrative. The truth MUST eventually get out.
Posted by: ayatoilet | Jan 28, 2018 10:00:04 PM | 22
The world woke up worse...
RIP, Mr. Parry.
Posted by: Permafrost | Jan 28, 2018 11:09:13 PM | 24
While the loss of Robert Parry is huge, we should all give thanks for his family that stood with him and supported him during the years when others of his profession turned against him. The sacrifice and pain that they endured on their father's behalf has given us all an icon of what news should be, what family can be and what a life devoted to truth and justice looks like.
I deeply honor their sacrifice and support - may they find comfort in knowing that Robert's pursuit of truth and justice birthed and nurtured in all of us a profound longing to see the same in the world around us. .
Posted by: les7 | Jan 28, 2018 11:13:56 PM | 25
Robert Parry lives on. You see it here, at his own website, and many places.
@21 Red Ryder - I believe it is not the case that most US Americans don't want to know the truth. I offer a small story I've wanted to share here.
Four years ago as the Maidan was happening I went to a friend's party and naturally assumed I could offer his close friends the truth of the Ukraine situation. Blank stares, and one intelligent guy quoting the New York Times and asking if I was a "Putin apologist" - actual words.
Two weeks ago, after 4 years have passed, I was at a small dinner party intending to say nothing except to query people as to their vision of the future of the US. From encouragement by the guests, I ended up talking a lot, and spilling a lot of truth. At the end, the hostess asked for some links - I told her she had to work for them, sharpen her critical thinking, find independent journalists, and figure it out herself. The lady next to me said, "we're so thirsty for the truth."
The meme of "Fake News" has worked. Everyone knows the news is fake. But not many people yet know where the true news is.
The hostess did follow up by email, and meanwhile in a thread somewhere, someone had posted a speech from 2015 given by Paul Craig Roberts. It was a perfect starter for these people. I sent them there, and left her exploring the PCR website. Tonight I sent her Nat Parry's eulogy and overview of Bob Parry's life and the degeneration of US journalism over the decades.
So. People do want to know. I gave them good starters. The body of truth is out there, thanks to decent, honest people like Parry, and Roberts.
Isn't it funny that Bob Parry was not a rebel but actually the true conservative heart of society, believing in the old journalistic principles, and according with them no matter what. I see now that all this evil and greed and falsehood, this is the rebellion against the decent society. We here, and all others out there trying to discover the simple straight facts, are the decent society. Fighting against the criminals.
That's a new meme whose time hasn't quite come yet. But soon enough, at more parties, this consensus too will spread, that ordinary society is under attack by the criminals who have usurped the roles of governance and leadership. This time will come.
Posted by: Grieved | Jan 28, 2018 11:39:22 PM | 26
En France, beaucoup d'entre nous regretterons ce grand homme. Bon voyage,Monsieur Parry.
Posted by: Ariane Grazioli | Jan 29, 2018 12:36:54 AM | 27
Good comments here. And I add my appreciation for all, like Parry, who have stuck resolutely to the pursuit of truth. Godspeed.
Posted by: Copeland | Jan 29, 2018 12:40:10 AM | 28
A truly great loss to investigative journalism.
Posted by: James | Jan 29, 2018 1:55:49 AM | 29
The world has lost an impeccably honest, courageous and brilliant investigative journalist. He gave up the easy and more lucrative path he could’ve had in the mainstream deep state controlled media. But he found a deeply appreciative audience among 100,000s of well informed readers. Others in his profession should take note of that. What does it profit a man/woman to gain riches from selling his professional and real soul? Robert Parry did not do that, his soul grew ever stronger and richer and presumably will still.
Posted by: apHarri | Jan 29, 2018 3:33:57 AM | 30
Robert Parry; one of the last of a dying breed.
He'll be sorely missed; RIP.
Posted by: V. Arnold | Jan 29, 2018 3:49:10 AM | 31
A agree with all the comments here on the sudden death of Mr. Parry.I am a newcomer on his great website.It's sad he had to go so early.
Posted by: Theo | Jan 29, 2018 3:57:26 AM | 33
Sigh why do all important writers, thinkers die when we need them the most,
so tragic he is really one of FEW REAL journalists - always formed his OWN opinions and never conformed,
to be honest I never got to read his work - although I saw him repeatedly writing on hot topics.
May he rest in peace and lets this be a reminder that investigative journalism cant be done by a few, we all have to make our effort if change is going to come.
Posted by: Anon | Jan 29, 2018 4:19:22 AM | 34
Glad to see this here. b keeps it real. Thanks.
Posted by: integer | Jan 29, 2018 4:44:06 AM | 35
just a curiosity...did you by chance mention MOA to your lady aquaintances?
and/or that it's a really bitchin' site where you comment regularly?
no? didn't think so.
Robert Parry, r.i.p.
Posted by: john | Jan 29, 2018 5:04:39 AM | 36
peace, Robert...we will all catch up with you again...its going to be hard to fill your place in the world...
Posted by: oldenyoung | Jan 29, 2018 7:11:20 AM | 37
Posted by: KP | Jan 29, 2018 7:16:58 AM | 38
He was certainly in the breed of the Vietnam Era press corp, one who was actually skeptical of govt agencies, did real investigative reporting and kept the system honest.
The sad thing is not just the passing of this generation (Craig Roberts claims they die young because of their stressful lifestyle) but that the next generation of reporters have shunned their methodology. These people play a vital role in our society.
Just today FOX continued Bizzaro journalism
FOX continued to shame a tenured California teacher for saying, admittedly moronic things about military servicemen but why are they obsessed by what citizens say about the military rather than what our military is actually doing?
Will FOX ask our military about the progress of the investigation regarding the soldier who shot through a window of a moving truck in Afghanistan, I think not.
Posted by: Christian Chuba | Jan 29, 2018 8:12:39 AM | 39
very saddening, especially when we needed him now more than ever.
its going to leave a very large gap that will be hard to fill.
Posted by: pB | Jan 29, 2018 8:32:57 AM | 40
Parry spent the entire Obama administration trying to sell the ideas that Obama was secretly a real peace guy who was forced to be a warmaking monster by the people around him. Trump apologists are busy trying to sell the same story about him.
Posted by: paul | Jan 29, 2018 9:01:26 AM | 41
Robert Parry was a courageous pioneer, and his many important contributions will never be forgotten. I hope an on-line index of all his writings will be put up so that younger journalists can benefit from his example and so that all those interested in the state of the nation and the world can find insight and solid, non-partisan knowledge there. May his soul rest in peace and continue to encourage us all.
Posted by: Gen Dau | Jan 29, 2018 9:18:45 AM | 42
A sad day when hearing of the passing of Robert Perry. A icon of truth in the reporting of sensitive and important news events over the entire span of his career. His voice will be missed. Condolences to the family at this time of their loss.
Posted by: BRF | Jan 29, 2018 9:44:55 AM | 43
My sincerest condolences. May God be with his family in this hour of need. My hat off, with ultimate respect, for a life well lived. Robert's life and work shed a much needed light in this darkest of times that our beloved country is going through. I can imagine him up in heaven re-lounching consortium news 2.0 and continue his search for truth and justice. I will miss his writings greatly. May God give his son strength to continue his work.What a proud legacy to uphold.
Posted by: andreas | Jan 29, 2018 10:08:20 AM | 44
Given his achievements and what he meant to so many, his epitaph could well be the words in 'Joe Hill': '"I never died", said he'.
Posted by: Shakesvshav | Jan 29, 2018 10:32:42 AM | 45
If those who haven't read him look up his amazing story on Nixons nasty little trick on LBJ. It's called the X-Files way before the tv show. Then there the late Gary Webb and old friend of RP.
Posted by: jo6pac | Jan 29, 2018 2:12:11 PM | 46
from The Bard --
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
"He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again."
Posted by: AntiSpin | Jan 29, 2018 3:43:18 PM | 47
A great loss. I took a quick look at Amy Goodman's DN website and saw no mention of Parry, a giant indeed, comparable to Said and Shahak.
I wouldn't be surprised if DN never interviewed him. I wonder if the Chomsky effect blinded them all these years.
We'll have to continue in the darkness that he's left.
Posted by: Ronald | Jan 29, 2018 5:00:44 PM | 48
What a terrible loss for us. Parry was always someone I could forward to friends with confidence. Eventually they would do so as well. A real credit to journalism, he embodied a critical, internationalist ethic. On this otherwise shitty day, it's something of a relief to see the kind words here.
Posted by: dadooronron | Jan 29, 2018 6:28:51 PM | 49
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This completely wrong story is an appropriate tribute to Robert Parry's legacy of spreading lies in the service of brutally corrupt regimes that are at war with us.
He is, no doubt, hot-bunking it in hell with Lord Haw-Haw. Good riddance.
Posted by: brian | Jan 29, 2018 6:29:05 PM | 50
A great man and a good man. He will be missed enormously.
Posted by: bluetonga | Jan 29, 2018 6:45:09 PM | 51
First, I was shattered yesterday when I got word of Bob Parry's passing. He and his site have been invaluable sources for me over many years.
paul, yes Bob Parry promoted the idea that Obama meant well, but was forced to continue the NeoCon foreign policies by "leftovers" from the Bush II regime. I called him out on that at both Consortium News and a smaller site that published many of his articles, partly because Obama actually appointed some of those NeoCons like the odious Victoria Nuland. And yes, Trump-bots are doing the same right now.
However, Parry did not attempt to cover up those policies. He was unwaveringly critical of them. He did not excuse Obama, as many of the Trump-bots are doing.
There are several topics/areas that journalists I otherwise respect refuse to touch. I contemplate why they stay away from "Third Rail" topics or lead their readers close to a conclusion, but leave it incomplete. But as long as they don't disinform their readers to send us off on wrong tracks, I still appreciate the valid and reliable information they do publish.
And Bob provided much good information on a myriad of topics for decades. Unlike his colleague, Gary Webb, Bob was not suicided with two bullets to the head. Nor did his Mercedes with all the computerized systems that would allow a hacker to take complete control over it crash into a tree at 120 MPH in a fiery explosion like happened to Michael Hastings.
Bob's son tells us that Bob had an undiagnosed pancreatic cancer that was the root cause of his multiple strokes in the last month of his life. He also tells us that Bob took great care of himself and had regular medical check ups.
Posted by: Daniel | Jan 29, 2018 8:47:13 PM | 52
Thanks for the eulogy, b!
Robert Parry will be sorely missed. Perhaps if each of us pick up a spark of the dedication he (and others like b have) then we will not be lost after all.
Posted by: Jeff Kaye | Jan 29, 2018 10:04:09 PM | 53
At beginning of this deeply appreciated post, consciousness has been converted to conciseness. I wish it could be corrected. I haved loved Robert Parry for his work for a long time. So sorry he's gone.
Posted by: Nina Flannery | Jan 30, 2018 1:24:10 AM | 54
re #22 - Grieved -
"I see now that all this evil and greed and falsehood, this is the rebellion against the decent society. We here, and all others out there trying to discover the simple straight facts, are the decent society. Fighting against the criminals."
Interesting stuff, Grieved.
I'm writing a book about some of this stuff and my own fight against the deep state and what they've done to me. Yesterday, I was just typing a similar sentiment and I coined it, "they'll have to kill me to get me to stop speaking the truth. I am no longer afraid of them. Their first mistake was to leave me standing. So, I will fight on and pass on the truth to all that can hear it. Why? America. And the vision of America. It's worth the fight. Join me?"
Posted by: John | Jan 30, 2018 8:50:15 AM | 55
Having already posted on the open thread about
Robert Parry's passing, I would like to only add
The legacy of Robert Parry shows in a painful
reflection just how decrepit and criminally
psychopathic those in the regime are and have
been for a very long time.
Alan Watts said once, "The problem is not the
system, but the people you put into it." At that,
it has always been the responsibility of the
people, whom they allowed to destroy their society.
The one caveat though is a complicit, lying and
deceiving 'press'. But to hide behind the propaganda
of the main stream deceivers means also to admit,
that one cares not to dig deeper, or to dig for the
truth at all. To believe anything the 'media' releases
to the public speaks of cognitive dissonance and a
deep sitting gullibility.
When George Carlin the Great said on stage that his
rule number one is to "never believe what the government tells me", he harvested loud laughs
and cheers. But to understand that the main stream
media is the propaganda tool for the regime, also
means to never believe what the media tells you.
When Robert's friend Gary committed suicide as a
consequence of having been gaslighted by his
publisher and regime obedient peers, it did not
reach the public. The reason for the truth to be
told were suppressed.
May the Streisand effect bring Consortium News
and all publishers of the truth a huge wave of
new readers and supporters. A brain washed
population needs the truth as an antidote to
the incessant propaganda dished out by the mic,
because it is the mic and its shareholders who
call the shots.
Let's all make sure that our most important
members of society - those who do not accept
anything but the truth - lived not in vain.
A link can change the world.
My eternal gratitude for all those who accepted/
accept nothing, but the truth.
Posted by: nottheonly1 | Jan 30, 2018 10:17:05 AM | 56
.. consciousness has been converted to conciseness. I wish it could be corrected.
Posted by: Nina Flannery | Jan 30, 2018 1:24:10 AM | 55
It's not a typo. It's a creative substitute.
If you were a regular lurker at MoA, you would be well aware of the Relentless Verbosity of Neocons and their like-minded trolls whose reams of irrelevant and clumsy drivel occasionally despoil the comments here.
Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jan 30, 2018 11:43:08 AM | 57
Hello from Florida,
Nice of you guys to remember Robert Parry,a good guy who pissed off many mainstream reporters. I have a question.Are you ever going to learn the details of the Nelle Harper Lee estate which I believe much is being left for Alabama students? I know very hush hush at the Monroeville law firm which administers it but it is now two years since Ms.Lee went to heaven.....
Posted by: Mark Isenberg | Jan 30, 2018 12:07:59 PM | 58
In its 20-year history, Democracy Now only interviewed Robert Parry eight times (the last time related to Russiagate in March 2017). His death was mentioned yesterday on DN! in the headlines.
Posted by: Rusty Pipes | Jan 31, 2018 2:53:27 AM | 59
too sad. too bad. i had read he was ill thought oh he will get better. no. what a blow. condoleances to his family and all who loved him.
Posted by: Noirette | Jan 31, 2018 8:11:34 AM | 60