"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
Gary Webb / Jim Tucker
"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
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
Noam Chomsky / Hrvoje Moric / Scott
"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,
Steve Rendall / John Coleman / Donald
Bartlett / Wilfred Burchett
"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."
Russell Tice / Kathryn Olmstead / David Edwards
/ Alastair Crooke
"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
Stephen Karganovic / Daniel Sheehan / Jason Hirthler / 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
Andrew Napolitano / 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
"In the late 1940s and
early 1950s, Operation Mockingbird was a secret CIA effort to
influence and control the American media and, thus, to influence
and control the information received by the American people."
Brandon Turbeville, 2017
"There is no reason to
consider the United States' corporate and commercial media as
any more "mainstream" than the leading Soviet media
organs were back in their day. They are just as dedicated as the
onetime Soviet state media to advancing the doctrinal perspectives
of their host nation's reigning elite-and far more effective."
"Our traditional media
- which are predominantly financed by advertising or the state
- represent the geopolitical interests of the transatlantic alliance,
given that both the advertising corporations as well as the states
themselves are dependent on the transatlantic economic and security
architecture led by the United States."
former AP journalist Herbert Altschul