Last updated on: 1/14/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Robert Parry Biography

Title:
Editor for the Consortium News
Position:
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
Reasoning:

“[T]here’s a growing realization that the starting point for many of the catastrophes confronting the United States today can be traced to Reagan’s presidency…

With his superficially sunny disposition – and a ruthless political strategy of exploiting white-male resentments – Reagan convinced millions of Americans that the threats they faced were: African-American welfare queens, Central American leftists, a rapidly expanding Evil Empire based in Moscow, and the do-good federal government…

Despite the grievous harm that Reagan’s presidency inflicted on the American Republic and the American people, it may take many more years before a historian has the guts to put this deformed era into a truthful perspective and rate Reagan where he belongs — near the bottom of the presidential list.”

“Ronald Reagan: Worst President Ever?,” Consortium News, June 3, 2009

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editor, Consortium News, 1995-present
  • Former Editor, Bloomberg News, 2000-2004
  • Recipient, George Polk Award for National Reporting, 1984
  • Former Investigative Journalist, Associated Press, Newsweek, and PBS Frontline
  • Former Teacher, New York University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Education:
  • Graduate, Colby College
  • Other:
  • In the 1980s, while at the Associated Press, Parry wrote many of the early stories that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair, including the first story identifying White House aide Oliver North as a go-between for secret Reagan administration support for the Nicaraguan contra rebels.
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?