TRUTH-TELLERS

 

"Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct.
Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time.
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."

Mahatma Gandhi

 

TRUTH-TELLERS 15

INDEPENDENT VOICES COMMITTED TO THE TRUTH

 


Julian Assange

 

"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 Assange.
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 politics."

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

 


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, 2010


Stephen Gowans / Alan Jones / 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 Haddad

 

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