Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"
"[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
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.