and establishment mythologies. They chose telling the truth as they knew it and saw itover the comfort of corporate and government perquisites and security.
Truth and Consequences - Parry's Lesson
Robert Parry's investigative reporting was critical to breaking theIran-Contrascandal inthe1980's. Congress had barred President Ronald Reagan from funding the right wingrevolutionaries seeking to oust the freely elected leftist government in Nicaragua. Anillegal plan was hatched to provide funds through military arms sales to Iran by Israel,with the money going to fund the rightist military effort.When the scandal broke, there was general shock since just years earlier, Iran hadkidnapped U.S. diplomats and held them hostage for well over a year.Parry said that there simply wasn't the stomach for "another Watergate" among themainstream press. The tepid leader of the congressional investigation, Rep. Lee Hamilton(D-IN), had one goal - to make everyone happy. There were those who bucked the tide.Parry's reporting made a big difference but full public disclosure was curtailed.One related charge about Iranian involvement was more inflammatory than the illegalweapons sales. It concerned preelection contact between Reagan campaign and Iraniangovernment officials in 1980. There were charges that representatives of the Reagancampaignstruck a dealwith Iranian leaders to hold hostages through the end of thepresidential election, thus dooming any chance Carter had to win the election. Thehostages were released just minutes after Reagan's inauguration. Nothing came of thestory.Fast forward to the Bush-Clinton transition period in 1993. Parry managed to get accessto documents related to the Iran Contra affair. He was loosely supervised, which allowedhim reviewsecret and top secret documents. In these documents and other informationthat was emerging at the time, he saw a very strong case for what was called "the Octobersurprise" - that representatives from the Reagan campaign had indeed struck a deal toholding the hostages past Election Day 1980.The mainstream media was not interested. Even though Parry argued that the documents"change our history," there was no expose.