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Despite tense relations in the US-Russia arena, I’ve been quieter than usual in September and want to give you an update.
As you know, for months I’ve routinely sent emails at ungodly hours. This due to a number of reasons: being glued to my computer, reading increasing numbers of news services and international media, interacting at length with more of you and getting less sleep while CCI’s communicants grew in number month after month. I’ve also been obsessing over 2017 program designs which with luck may work with hundreds of organizations and VIPs.
Robert Parry, Harvard’s 2015 Awardee of the coveted I.F. Stone Medal for Investigative Journalism, warns of the return of McCarthyism.
Friends, McCarthyism is resurfacing. Casting Russia and Putin as arch enemies, spinning rumors as reality, and disproven declarations as facts have become daily practice with Hillary, Trump, TV and the New York Times. Millions of Americans absorb this misinformation without questioning.
I believed Joe McCarthy as a teenager––everyone I knew did. Today, like in the 1950s, most Americans absorb the daily mainstream news as gospel truth.
WE MUST risk going up against this menacing mentality in process––just like the few strong-hearted people who began standing up to Joe McCarthy in the 1950s. Eventually they and others started a movement and McCarthy was defrocked in perpetuity. Today’s opinion makers haven’t learned the lessons they should have from that piece of our history.
Parry’s article below is wordy. I take the risk of underlining for those of you who only have time for scanning. But PLEASE do scan to the bottom; this is VERY relevant information.
September 7, 2016
New York Times and the New McCarthyism
The New Cold War and its fellow-traveler, the New McCarthyism, are arriving on the hawkish wings of The New York Times and other mainstream U.S. media outlets, writes Robert Parry.
By Robert Parry
Traditional U.S. journalism and the American people are facing a crisis as the preeminent American newspaper, The New York Times, has fully lost its professional bearings, transforming itself into a neoconservative propaganda sheet eager for a New Cold War with Russia and imposing a New McCarthyism on public debate.