"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
"During times of universal
deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
Anthony Arnove / Medea Benjamin / David Harvey / Tony Benn
"Gary Webb's "Dark
Alliance" series [San Jose Mercury News] offered a unique
opportunity for the major news outlets to finally give the contra-cocaine
scandal the attention it deserved.
But that would have required some painful self-criticism among
Washington journalists whose careers had advanced in part because
they had not offended Reagan supporters who had made an art out
of punishing out-of-step reporters for pursuing controversies
like the contra-cocaine scandal.
Also, by the mid-1990s, a powerful right-wing news media had taken
shape and was in no mood to accept the notion that many of President
Reagan's beloved contras were drug traffickers. That recognition
would have cast a shadow over the Reagan Legacy, which the Right
was busy elevating into mythic status."
Robert Parry, 2009
Rick Sterling / Joe Lauria / Aaron Mate / Vijay Prashad
"Increasingly we live with
a journalism that rarely speaks truth to power and routinely echoes
the platitudes of the powerful. Even when journalists raise critical
questions, too often it is within the parameters set by the wealthy
and their political allies."
Robert Jensen, 2009
Filip Kovacevic / Alfred de Zayas / Jim Jatras / Dana Frank
"The function of the "mainstream
media" is to sell products and to brainwash the audience
for the government and interest groups. By subscribing to it,
Americans support their own brainwashing."
Paul Craig Roberts
Jim Hightower / Paul Jay / Danny Sjursen / Juan Cole
"The media's the most powerful
entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty
and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they
control the minds of the masses."
Dahr Jamail / Pia Klemp / Chuck Collins / Lance deHaven Smith
"The decline in critical
thinking as a result of the intrusiveness of marketing in our
lives serves a political function: it allows those in power to
reshape our way of looking at the world without the fear that
we will catch on."
Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser