Monday, February 07, 2011
Reagan's lasting negative legacyRobert Parry, who has done extensive reporting on the dark sides of St. Reagan's Administration, summarizes Reagan's legacy in Ronald Reagan's 30-Year Time Bombs Consortium News 01/28/2011:
... Reagan’s current historical reputation rests more on the effectiveness of the Republican propaganda machine – and the timidity of many Democrats and media personalities – than on his actual record of accomplishments.He also notes two aspects of Reagan's legacy that don't get sufficient attention in the popular press reports: his attempts to politicize the CIA and his concentrated efforts to co-opt the mainstream press by getting them to absorb Republican narratives. On the latter he writes:
... well-financed right-wing operatives and administration officials worked to marginalize mainstream journalists (the "liberal press") who raised troublesome questions about Reagan's domestic and foreign policies.Tags: ronald reagan
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