"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
John Pilger / Ilan Pappe
"As the new corporations
began taking over the press, something called "professional
journalism" was invented. To attract big advertisers, the
new corporate press had to appear respectable, pillars of the
establishment - objective, impartial, balanced. In order to be
professional, journalists had to ensure that news and opinion
were dominated by official sources, and that has not changed.
Go through the New York Times on any day, and check the sources
of the main political stories - domestic and foreign. You'll find
they're dominated by government and other established interests.
That is the essence of professional journalism. "
John Pilger, 2007
Michael Brenner / Malcolm X / Daniel Ellsberg
"As news organizations
are increasingly driven by a bottom-line mentality, the news we
get becomes more and more sensational. What is the difference
between Time and Newsweek? Between ABC, NBC, and CBS News? Between
the Washington Post and the New York Times? For all practical
purposes, none. The concentration of media power means that Americans
increasingly get their information from a few sources who decide
what is "news."
George Carlin / Howard Lisnoff / Gideon Polya
in the United States often function more like a fourth branch
of government than a feisty fourth estate. Since the tragic events
of September 11, the separation between press and state has dwindled
nearly to the vanishing point."
Martin A. Lee in his book "September
11 and the US War"
Elliot Auckland / David Shayler / Robert Parry
"For the first time in
human history, there is a concerted strategy to manipulate global
perception. And the mass media are operating as its compliant
assistants, failing both to resist it and to expose it.
The sheer ease with which this machinery has been able to do its
work reflects a creeping structural weakness which now afflicts
the production of our news."
Nick Davies, British investigative
Sam Ben-Meir / Edward S. Herman / Vanessa Beeley / Stefania Maurizi
"Images sent over thousands
of miles, well-lit anchors who seem alert to everything of importance
taking place in our world, field reporters in far-flung places
who pop up and respond instantly to the anchors and deliver close-up
accounts of vital events.
And the same important faces of government leaders who, day after
day, are struggling to improve our destiny against great odds,
against intransigent enemies of progress.
All this is delivered to us in the space of a few minutes, each
night, like clockwork.
The television news presents that little show of magic which the
people sorely need. The need never dies. It's eternal.
The television anchors can be obvious oafs, hucksters, cheap con
They can twist the truth, burn it, hide it, step on it, reverse
it; it doesn't matter."
Kevin Barrett / Matthew Barganier / Bob Henley / Leonardo Flores
"Selling fear to the American
people has become a mainstay of the press and of both political
parties in this country. Taking a "tough on crime" stance,
particularly in a climate of perpetual fear created by the "war
on drugs" and the "war on terrorism," is always
a politically safe posture. By focusing on crime, attention is
effectively directed away from more divisive issues on which a
politician might have to take a stand that would cost them votes.
Meanwhile, a fearful populace continues to surrender their civil
rights and constitutional protections at an alarming rate, so
that their government may protect them from the rampant criminality
of the masses."
David McGowan in his book "Derailing
"Most of American media
- and Western media in general (increasingly the whole world)
- rely heavily on newsfeeds coming from only three news agencies
with a global presence. These are Associated Press (AP, USA),
Reuters (UK), Agence France-Press (AFP, France)."
Jon Hellevig, 2019
"The media giants that
control our access to information, from search engines like Google
to social media like Facebook, have turned themselves into portals
to the world and present themselves as impartial in that role.
However, behind a facade of separateness, strong connecting links
bind the tech giants to the oligarchy and security state on which
they rely, giving the interests of the elite determinative influence
over which information we access."