"Many people, especially
ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for
Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of
If you're right and you know it, speak your mind.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth."
COMMITTED TO THE TRUTH
"There will be no indignation
at the BBC, or the Guardian, or CNN at Julian Assange's fate.
And that is because these journalists, politicians and experts
knew all along that the US wanted to silence Assange and to crush
Wikileaks. They knew that all along and they didn't care. In fact,
they happily conspired in paving the way for the kidnapping of
They did so because they are not there to represent the truth,
or to stand up for ordinary people, or to protect a free press,
or even to enforce the rule of law. They don't care about any
of that. They are there to protect their careers, and the system
that rewards them with money and influence. They don't want an
upstart like Assange kicking over their applecart."
Jonathan Cook, 2019
Nelson Mandela / Neil Postman / William
Hartung / Anatol Lieven
"The main reason Julian
Assange has attracted such venom, spite and jealously is that
WikiLeaks tore down the facade of a corrupt political elite held
aloft by journalists. In heralding an extraordinary era of disclosure,
Assange made enemies by illuminating and shaming the media's gatekeepers."
John Pilger, 2014
Jeffrey Steinberg / Linda Pease / Peter
Hallward / James Eugenio
"Julian Assange's arrest
represents an abuse of power, highlighting not only how true journalism
has now been banished in the West, but also how politicians, journalists,
news agencies and think-tanks collude with each other to silence
people like Julian Assange and his Wikileaks foundation who are
a nuisance to US imperialism.
Assange is "guilty" of two "cardinal sins":
revealing US war crimes committed in Iraq and committing the unpardonable
sin of publishing the emails of Clinton, Podesta and the Democratic
National Committee, thereby revealing such chicanery in US domestic
Federico Pieraccini, 2019
David Stannard / Gerald Celente / Ivan Eland
"News consumers need to
understand why it's becoming increasingly impossible to maintain
any kind of public discourse regarding the issues of the day,
when major so-called news organizations are devoted to spreading
as much misinformation as possible."
Eric Boehlert,, 2009
Alan Jones / Douglas Reed / Kurt Nimmo
/ David McGowan
"The real problem with
professional journalism becomes evident when political elites
do not debate an issue and march in virtual lockstep. In such
a case, professional journalism is, at best, ineffectual, and,
at worst, propagandistic. This has often been the case in U.S.
foreign policy, where both parties are beholden to an enormous
global military complex, and accept the right of the United States,
and the United States alone, to invade countries when it suits
U.S. interests. In matters of war and foreign policy, journalists
who question the basic assumptions and policy objectives and who
attempt to raise issues no one in either party wishes to debate
are considered 'ideological' and 'unprofessional. This has a powerful
disciplinary effect upon journalists."
Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols,
Stephen Gowans / Alina Duarte / Philip Roddis
"Why do mainstream media
reporters within ostensibly free democracies act just like state
media propagandists? Why are they so reliably pro-establishment,
all throughout every mainstream outlet? Why do they so consistently
marginalize any idea that doesn't fit within the extremely narrow
Overton window of acceptable opinion? Why does anyone who inconveniences
western establishment power always find themselves on the losing
end of a trial by media? Why are they so dependably adversarial
toward anything that could be perceived as a flaw in any nation
outside the US-centralized power alliance, and so dependably forgiving
of the flaws of the nations within it?"
Caitlin Johnstone, 2018
"If you (a journalist)
leave the official line, if you produce dissenting reports, then
you will soon feel this. There are many ways to get you back in
line quickly. If you don't follow the guidelines, you will not
keep your job long. This system works pretty well, and it reflects
established power structures."
Swiss Propaganda Research, 2019
"The U.S. government, in
an ugly alliance with those that profit the most from war, has
its tentacles in every part of the media - imposters, with ties
to the U.S. State Department, sit in newsrooms all over the world.
Editors, with no apparent connections to the member's club, have
done nothing to resist. Together, they filter out what can or
cannot be reported. Inconvenient stories are completely blocked."
former Newsweek journalist Tareq