"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 Perkins / Bill Sardi
"Any dictator would admire
the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media."
Azikiwe Abayomi / Sam Husseini / Jeff Huber
"Western corporations own
the media, and their advertising makes the industry profitable.
In this sense, the media cannot fulfill the function of watchdog
of power, because in fact it is power."
Jonathan Cook, 2011
Gary Leupp / Tony Platt / Jim Lobe / Mohsen Abdelmoumen
"You're never going to
get any truth from us [television]. We'll tell you anything you
want to hear; we lie like hell... We'll tell you any shit you
want to hear. We deal in *illusions*, man! None of it is true!
But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all
ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to
believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to
think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal.
You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you
eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you
even *think* like the tube! This is mass madness."
Howard Beale, in the movie 'Network',
Khaled Iskef / Gearold O Colmain / Christian Fuchs / Christoph
"Good journalism is getting
the best obtainable version of the truth."
Carl Bernstein, 2015
Eric Margolis / Meg Kinnard / Arabi Souri / Chris Melidis
"Our Mainstream News Media
presents the clearest danger to our Liberty and Freedom, and if
they don't start reporting the news, not propaganda, the ability
of the American public to remain an "informed public"
is in danger of falling into the pitfalls that are usually associated
when a communist / authoritarian / fascist government controls
the news media."
William Cormier, 2010
Andrea Germanos / Bill Boyarsky / Thom Hartmann
"There is no such a thing
in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country
towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is
not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you
expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear
in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the
paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries
for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to
be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before
twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would
be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the
street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist
is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify,
to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his
race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same - his
salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting
an 'Independent Press! We are the tools and vassals of rich men
behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string
and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities,
are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
John Swinton (1829-1901) - American
journalist and newspaper publisher
"The sad truth appears
to be that the Washington Post can no longer be counted on to
be anything like an honest broker, especially when it comes to
issues near and dear to the hearts of neocons. Rather the Post's
role is now to set the parameters for whatever debate the neocons
Robert Parry, 2009
"The last idea that ever
occurs to mainstream media stars is that there is anything remotely
wrong with the Establishment of which they are such integral parts
(and which they still claim with a straight face to scrutinize)."
Glenn Greenwald, 2009