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Romancing I. F. Stone
by Ron Radosh
On the journalist I. F. Stone.
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By the time he died in 1989, the once outcast and radical journalist I. F. Stone, fondly called Izzy by all who knew him, had become an icon. The blurbs on the back of Myra MacPhersons new look at Stones life are from the likes of journalistic establishment dons like Craig Unger, Helen Thomas, Richard Reeves, and othersall of whom try to tell us that, were he alive, Stone could wake up todays lapdog reporters. He would, as Thomas writes, lead our country to its greatest ideals again.
In an era when The New York Times, considered by Stone during his lifetime to be a right-wing paper, contains a constant barrage against conservatives and centrists from editorial columnists like Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, and Bob Herbert, along with official editorials that regularly condemn the Bush admini ...
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