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 17

INDEPENDENT VOICES COMMITTED TO THE TRUTH

 


Gary Webb

 

"The scandal of contra cocaine trafficking and the CIA's protection of these crimes had surfaced in the 1980s, but the Big Three newspapers - New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times - paid the scandal little heed, mostly accepting the denials of Reagan administration insiders.
So, when Gary Webb shed new light on the scandal in 1996, the same newspapers subjected Webb to a merciless assault and rejoiced when Webb's editors [San Jose Mercury News] caved in to the pressure and forced Webb to quit in disgrace."

Robert Parry, 2009

 


Hrvoje Moric / Scott Ritter / Robert Reich / Whitney Webb

 

"The media elite in the US, are the watchdogs of acceptable ideological messages, the controllers of news and information content, and the decision makers regarding media resources. Their goal is to create global news distribution in a deliberate attempt to control the news and information available to society. The two most prominent methods used to accomplish this task are censorship and propaganda."

Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff, 2009

 


John Coleman / Donald Bartlett / James Steele / Caitlyn Johnstone

 

"American society, once we lose a system of information based on verifiable fact, will become disconnected from reality. All totalitarian societies impart their propaganda through manipulated images and spectacles. And the death of traditional news is one more stage in the terminal illness that is ravaging American democracy."

Chris Hedges

 


Tom Secker / Russell Tice / Kathryn Olmstead / David Edwards

 

"As a population, we have been intensely propagandized daily since birth. Generally speaking, our critical thinking skills and attention to, and comprehension of, deeper political and economic issues are virtually non-existent."

David DeGraw, 2010

 


Daniel Sheehan / Jason Hirthler / Ulson Gunnar / Steve Fraser

 

"What you have now are the leading journalists of America working for the largest corporations. They're incredibly well-paid. They are essentially not really journalists but media stars or celebrities. They are admitted into the highest levels of powerful. They're part of it. Socio-economically, they have much more in common with the powerful political people they're supposed to be covering, then they do what the ordinary Americans for whom they are supposed to be speaking."

Glenn Greenwald, 2011

 


Jim Tucker / Rania Khalek / Kevin Bales

 

"The 'alternative media' was largely dependent upon philanthropic foundations for support, such as the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, among many others. While more critical and infused with a better analysis than can be observed in the mainstream corporate press, the 'alternative' was still controlled by the same interests, as the boards of foundations - which are themselves institutions of concentrated wealth and power - represented elite industrialists, academics, and bankers. They function, essentially, as 'controlled opposition': allowing dissent up to a point, primarily focused on criticizing policies and effects, seeking to promote reforms and alterations to the existing system in order to make it more "fair." The discourse, however, still lacked a needed element: radical analysis of information, pushing not for reform, but systemic change, or, in a word: revolution."

Andrew Gavin Marshall, 2012


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