Honoring Investigative Journalist Robert Parry

Robert Parry, an investigative journalist and author who worked to expose the details of the Reagan administration’s secret support for Nicaraguan rebels in the 1980s, passed away on January 27th in Arlington, VA at the age of 68.

In 1984, Mr. Parry famously disclosed that the CIA had provided support, including an assassination manual, to the right-wing rebels of Nicaragua, the Contras, in order to assist with the toppling of the then socialist Nicaraguan government.

For that reporting, Mr. Parry won the George Polk Award for national reporting and was named a finalist for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

In 1987, Parry left the Associated Press in order to join Newsweek and then went on to work for the PBS series “Frontline,” also as an investigative reporter.

In 1995, frustrated by the mainstream news media, Mr. Parry founded the Consortium for Independent Journalism. Its website, consortiumnews.com, sought to provide a home for investigative independent journalists and their work during the early days of the internet.

The author of six books, Mr. Parry received the Nieman Foundation’s I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence and the Maria Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

This interview with Parry was shot by Eddie Becker for The 90’s, but was never aired. In it, he details his thoughts on the world of journalism, opinions on certain parts of U.S. foreign policy, and the media tactics that can bring down politicians.

Watch the full 35 minute interview with Parry at Media Burn



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