"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
"No journalist makes $5 million a year.
No journalist has a comfortable, cozy relationship with the powerful.
No journalist believes that acting as a conduit, or a stenographer
for the powerful is a primary part of his or her calling. Those
in power fear and dislike real journalists."
Chris Hedges, 2008
David Barsamian / Eva Bartlett / Ben Norton / Matthew Hoh
"US corporate-owned media,
in league with government agencies, orchestrate media coverage
to demonize states in conflict with corporate plans."
Ralph McGehee, 1999
Alison Broinowski / Greg Grandin / Dean Henderson / Mike Gravel
"People have stopped watching
network news. And that may be a healthy thing if it betokens skepticism,
disbelief and an effort to find out for one's self."
Nicholas von Hoffman
Emily Apple / William Greider / Coleen Rowley / Damir Marinovich
"Despite its steady loss
of credibility, the corporate media continues to operate as the
propaganda-arm of the Pentagon."
Joseph Thomas / Fred Branfman / Gary Null / Andrew Gavin Marshall
"The mainstream media is
a conglomerate of collective corporate thought, designed to make
you ignorant and unaware of the realities of the world, of the
important issues, and to hide in the shadows the sacredly guarded
truths of power. Our mainstream media - the large newspapers,
radio and TV news stations - are dominated by billion dollar corporations,
whose boards of directors reflect the 'who's who' of the corporate,
political, and financial elite, with former government officials,
industrialists, and bankers controlling the dispersal of information
and the perspectives we are given."
Andrew Gavin Marshall
Martin Sieff / Leon Hadar / Susan George
"Most newspapers are part
of huge conglomerates, and the policy that comes down is that
you don't rock any boats. You can't make the government upset
because the value of the company is the broadcast licenses, and
the government will not renew them, and we can't make our corporate
owners mad because they will fire us, and we can't make the advertisers
mad or they will pull their advertising. So the media can't say
anything that will upset the power structure. And that's what
had happened to the press."
Paul Craig Roberts
like BlackRock, Vanguard, State Street, Fidelity, and JP Morgan,
now own 80% of all stock in S&P 500 listed companies. These
same institutional investors largely control the media, television,
film, publishing, telecommunications and Internet.
An incredibly small group of oligarchs have amassed all the most
important media assets in the United States... Just a few oligarchs
now have the means to exercise a totalitarian control over speech
and ideas in the United States, and increasingly globally too."
Jon Hellevig, 2019
"The revolving door between
tech companies and intelligence agencies, think tanks, defense
contractors and security companies is constantly revolving, especially
at the higher echelons of important departments, like cybersecurity.
Notably, many of these companies cater along partisan lines depending
on the political proclivities of their owners, in a bid to tip
the scales toward their point of view.
They have embraced this role as an information portal, offering
special "news" sections on their platforms. They are
rolling out new apps to judge the trustworthiness of news sources.
Facebook and Google, in particular, have also become two of the
largest funders of journalism around the world, helping to further
entrench State Department-approved models of truth in key hotspots
of geopolitical interest."