"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
Oliver Stone / Tariq Ali
"What the press do is they
tell you lies; lies they already know you want to hear. Just as
politicians look to polls to determine their policies, letting
poorly-informed people lead them on important issues, the press
can figure out what its readers or viewers believe, and make a
hell of a living pandering to their egos and telling them that
Allan Uthman, 2007
Ben Becker / Robert P Abele / Junaid Ahmad
"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
Catherine Shakdam / Mickey Huff / Steven
"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."
Raul Diego / Kevin Zuesse / Richard
"Through its search engine,
Google has carved out for itself a 90% market share in US online
search activities. Apple and Google share a global duopoly in
phone operating systems with a 99% market share, as globally all
major phone manufacturers, apart from Apple, use Google's Android
operating system. By abusing these two monopolies Google has also
been able to capture a 66% market share for its Google Chrome
browser. This monopolistic exploitation has culminated in Google
grabbing 76% of the online search advertising market, while Facebook
controls 80% of social media advertising. The combined share of
Google and Facebook amounted to 60% of the $129 billion digital
ad market (2018)."
Jon Hellevig, 2019
Konstantin Demeter / Cesar Chavez
/ Archbishop Oscar Romero
"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 artists.They can twist the truth, burn it, hide it,
step on it, reverse it; it doesn't matter."
Peter Chamberlin / Carl Bloise / Annie Bukacek, MD