Posted by: tristar3research | April 5, 2009

Tribute to Izzy Stone- Acting on Principle

“Speaking Truth to Power” – Twentieth Anniversary of his death has resulted in a new prize for independent journalism. Nice to see Amy Goodman and Glen Greenwald recognized for their courage. Last year’s tribute on HuffPo was very good…

Before there was an Internet, Izzy Stone was doing the work we associate with today’s best bloggers. Like them, he was obsessed with citing original documents and texts. But before search engines, Izzy had to consume ten newspapers per day — and physically visit government archives and press offices, and personally pore over thousands of words in the Congressional Record. That’s how he repeatedly scooped the gullible, faux-objective MSM of his day in exposing government deceit, like that propelling the Vietnam War.Izzy was the ultimate un-embedded reporter. His journalism was motivated by a simple maxim that resonates loudly in our era of Cheneys and Rumsfelds and WMD hoaxes: “All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out.”

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