On the Rare Journalistic Habit of ‘Thinking Independently’

On the occasion of the first annual Izzy Awards from Jeff Cohen’s Park Center for Independent Media, the son of progressive journalism icon I.F. Stone, Jeremy Stone (Consortium News, 4/1/09), describes Stone’s most journalistically valuable quality–“his capacity for thinking independently”–along with its rewards and consequences: In the McCarthy era, because he spoke in defense of Jeffersonian principles, people were afraid to be seen with him. When he supported the rights of Palestinians, Jewish institutions would not invite him to speak. And when the National Press Club refused to serve his black guest lunch, he quit the club, isolating himself from […]


Greenwald and Goodman Earn New I.F. Stone Award

FAIR founder Jeff Cohen’s Park Center for Independent Media has decided to give its new Izzy Award (3/4/09) “for special achievement in independent media” to Glenn Greenwald and Amy Goodman, specifically lauding the “two pillars of independent journalism” for “pathbreaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception and controversial issues”: Week after week, in meticulously documented and detailed blog posts, [Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald] skewers hypocrisy, deception and revisionism on the part of the powers that be in government and the media…. With devastatingly crisp arguments, Greenwald has inveighed against torture and defended constitutional rights for all, whether […]