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Red journalism

An icon of "journalism" revealed as a red. What a surprise:

"Izzy taught a great many of us about the importance of independence, the critical ingredient of a good journalist," journalist Robert Kaiser, who later became managing editor of the Washington Post, said of I.F. Stone upon his death in 1989. "Izzy was totally independent from the politicians and officials he wrote about." The Times of London titled its obit: "I.F. Stone: Spirit of America's Independent Journalism." Jeff Cohen, the founder of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), more recently called Stone "an American patriot" whose "journalistic hallmark was independence."

But the man behind I.F. Stone's Weekly was neither patriot nor independent. He was an agent for the Soviet Union.

"Charges about Stone's connections with the KGB have been swirling about for more than a decade, prompting cries of outrage among his passionate followers," write John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev in an excerpt of their new book, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America, posted at Commentary magazine's website and linked by the Drudge Report. "Until now, the evidence was equivocal and subject to different interpretations. No longer."

I wonder what historians writing in the future will write about our current crop of little Goebbels?

Please, ignore all of us who've been saying the press is biased. We're fanatics, don't you know.

1 comment to Red journalism

  • asombra

    Well, imagine that. It's almost as surprising as a Castro agent having a high-level job at the Pentagon for years (one Ana Belen Montes). But naturally we're paranoid. Just like Trotsky was paranoid about Stalin, even though he'd gotten as far away from Russia as he could. Of course, Trotsky got over his paranoia--as soon as Stalin had him assassinated in Mexico.