"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
"Today Americans are ruled
by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little
access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits.
Those who speak it run the risk of being branded "anti-American,"
"anti-semite" or "conspiracy theorist."
Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest
groups whose campaign contributions control government.
Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions,
not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
Truth is inconvenient for ideologues."
Paul Craig Roberts, 2010
Eric Foner / Edward Curtin / Jonathan Cook / Annie Machon
"The national broadcast
media have become a propaganda arm of the Pentagon."
John Stauber, 2009
Kim Peterson / Reece Erlich / Paul Street / Dave Lindorff
"One of the functions of
modern media is the creation of consent for the actions of the
state. While it is true that there is space for independent critical
voices in the west, journalists share an unspoken consensus on
the limits of discourse."
Ziyaad Lunat, 2009
Jefferson Morley / Kathy Kelly / Eric Sommer / Tim Ferner
"Journalists and editors
are not immune to the influence of owners and managers. Reporters
want to see their stories approved for print or broadcast, and
editors come to know the limits of their freedom to diverge from
the "common sense" worldview of owners and managers.
The self-discipline that this structure induces in journalists
and editors comes to seem only "common sense" to them
as well. Self-discipline becomes self-censorship-independence
is restricted, the filtering process hidden, denied, or rationalized
Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff,
Daniel Kovalik / Paul Haeder / Kevin Gosztola
"Essentially Walter Chronkite
was a shill for the government. It didn't matter whether it was
Democratic or Republican. He was for the status quo."
Lewis Lapham, 2009
Jim Miles / Eric Schlosser / Michael Sheuer
"Journalism is printing
what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public
"Rather than encouraging
as free and open debate as possible, the Washington Post sees
its role as herding the American people to certain preordained
conclusions - and casting out from acceptable society anyone who
dares threaten the Washington consensus."
Robert Parry, 2009
"By definition, establishments
believe in propping up the existing order. Members of the ruling
class have a vested interest in keeping things pretty much the
way they are."
Evan Thomas, 2009