Unlike many other Web sites, we try to minimize our major fund-raising appeals to one at mid-year and one at year's end. But that often leaves us financially vulnerable in between.
That's why we hoped sales of our new book, Neck Deep, would fill that in-between shortfall, so we can continue to report, edit and publish original journalism. Five dollars from each book sale through the publisher is rebated to Consortiumnews.com.
In late September, I sent out a message setting a goal of selling 1,000 books to generate $5,000 in needed revenue. Since then, however, only 300 books have been sold, leaving us 700 books short.
So, if you haven't ordered your copy of Neck Deep, please do so today. Or you can buy one for a friend or the local library - or if your organization is doing a fund-raiser, it can buy a whole box of books at about half the retail price.
Many of us in America have long viewed journalism as someone else's responsibility, that honest information should be our birth right, that we are essentially consumers and critics when it comes to news.
But we must realize that our comfortable view of journalism is no longer the reality and hasn't been for some time. Honest journalism must be fought for and supported in every way possible, including financially.
So please do what you can to help us continue our work. Go to the publisher's Web site at http://www.neckdeepbook.com/. If you prefer to order by mail, you can print out a form there or just send a check for the Neck Deep purchase price (paperback $22.95 or hardcover $29.95) plus $4 for shipping to The Media Consortium; Suite 102-231; 2200 Wilson Blvd.; Arlington, VA 22201.
Besides helping us, I'm confident you'll find Neck Deep to be a very readable and very important book.
Robert Parry, Editor
Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, was written with two of his sons, Sam and Nat, and can be ordered at neckdeepbook.com. His two previous books, Secrecy & Privilege: The Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq and Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' are also available there. Or go to Amazon.com.