"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
"Today Americans are ruled
by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little
access to it, and little ability to recognize it.
Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits.
Those who speak it run the risk of being branded "anti-American,"
"anti-semite" or "conspiracy theorist."
Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest
groups whose campaign contributions control government.
Truth is an inconvenience for prosecutors who want convictions,
not the discovery of innocence or guilt.
Truth is inconvenient for ideologues."
Paul Craig Roberts, 2010
Eric Foner / Edward Curtin / Jonathan Cook / Annie Machon
"The national broadcast
media have become a propaganda arm of the Pentagon."
John Stauber, 2009
Kim Peterson / Reece Erlich / Paul Street / Dave Lindorff
"One of the functions of
modern media is the creation of consent for the actions of the
state. While it is true that there is space for independent critical
voices in the west, journalists share an unspoken consensus on
the limits of discourse."
Ziyaad Lunat, 2009
Jefferson Morley / Kathy Kelly / Jim Miles / Eric Schlosser
"Journalists and editors
are not immune to the influence of owners and managers. Reporters
want to see their stories approved for print or broadcast, and
editors come to know the limits of their freedom to diverge from
the "common sense" worldview of owners and managers.
The self-discipline that this structure induces in journalists
and editors comes to seem only "common sense" to them
as well. Self-discipline becomes self-censorship-independence
is restricted, the filtering process hidden, denied, or rationalized
Peter Phillips and Mickey Huff,
Daniel Kovalik / Paul Haeder / Kevin Gosztola / Michael Sheuer
"Essentially Walter Chronkite
was a shill for the government. It didn't matter whether it was
Democratic or Republican. He was for the status quo."
Lewis Lapham, 2009
Leo Panitch / Alan Sabrosky / Aaron Glantz
"Less than 3 percent of
you people read books.
Less than 15 percent of you read newspapers.
The only truth you know is what you get over this tube.
Right now, there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew
anything that didn't come out of this tube.
This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation.
This tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers.
This tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless
Howard Beale, from the 1976 movie