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 9

INDEPENDENT VOICES COMMITTED TO THE TRUTH

 


Ralph Nader

 

"Even open-minded people will often find themselves unable to take seriously the likes of Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Howard Zinn and Susan George on first encountering their work; it just does not seem possible that we could be so mistaken in what we believe. The individual may assume that these writers must be somehow joking, wildly over-stating the case, paranoid, or have some sort of axe to grind. We may actually become angry with them for telling us these terrible things about our society and insist that this simply 'can't be true'. It takes real effort to keep reading, to resist the reassuring messages of the mass media and be prepared to consider the evidence again."

David Edwards - Burning All Illusions

 


Sydney Schanberg / Webster Tarpley / General Smedley Butler / Stephen Zunes

 

"Pravda and Izvestia in the former Soviet Union would have been hard-pressed to surpass the American media in their subservience to the official agenda. They have abandoned the notion of objectivity or even the idea of providing a public space where problems are discussed and debated. It's a scandal that reveals the existence of a system of propaganda, not of serious media so essential in a democratic society."

Edward S. Herman

 


Jonathan Kozol / Michael Klare / Steven Kinzer / David Korten

 

"Instead of protecting against abuses of government power by keeping us adequately informed, media companies have become complicit in destabilizing and undermining our freedom and democracy. They have sold out the public trust to turn a profit. No longer can Americans trust the mainstream media to keep a watchful eye on government."

Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser

 


Tom Engelhardt / Doug Dowd / Yves Engler / Eduardo Galeano

 

"Most people are fairly clear that politicians are not speaking honestly, openly, and sincerely, but the news media are reporting them as if they are."

Paul Jay

 


William Binney / Thomas Drake / John Kiriakou

 

"Most Americans have no idea that what we are fed by the news media is nothing more than a portrayal of what powerful corporations want us to believe, that what happens to pass as education is as often as not mere propaganda, that what we learn in church may have very little or nothing to do with the truth, that what our parents teach us may be nothing more than an accumulation of their own personal biases, no doubt a rather subtle modification of what they were taught by their parents. And through such a process, governments and nations around the world wield control as to what their citizens, believe, value, and do."

Doug Soderstrom

 


Dylan Ratigan / Mike Whitney / Jon Rappoport / Patrick Cockburn

 

"The Press simply represents the news which its owners desire to print and the opinions which they desire to propagate."

Hilaire Belloc


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