"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
Martin Luther King
"We are facing in the U.S.
today a Total State, where opposing views are de-platformed and
disappeared, where truth-tellers are jailed and tortured to serve
as a warning to others."
Ron Ridenour / Andrei Martyanov / Terje Maloy / Graeme Macqueen
"The revolving door between
tech companies and intelligence agencies, think tanks, defense
contractors and security companies is constantly revolving, especially
at the higher echelons of important departments, like cybersecurity.
Notably, many of these companies cater along partisan lines depending
on the political proclivities of their owners, in a bid to tip
the scales toward their point of view.
They have embraced this role as an information portal, offering
special "news" sections on their platforms. They are
rolling out new apps to judge the trustworthiness of news sources.
Facebook and Google, in particular, have also become two of the
largest funders of journalism around the world, helping to further
entrench State Department-approved models of truth in key hotspots
of geopolitical interest."
Joe Bageant / Andrew Levine / Peter Lee / Andrew Chopov
"Some media have outsourced
their entire foreign editorial office to a global news agency.
Moreover, it is well known that many news portals on the internet
mostly publish agency reports.
In the end, this dependency on the global agencies creates a striking
similarity in international reporting: from Vienna to Washington,
our media often report the same topics, using many of the same
phrases - a phenomenon that would otherwise rather be associated
with controlled media in authoritarian states."
Swiss Propaganda Research
Gilbert Mercier / Mike Kuhlenbeck / Ed Duvin
"The U.S. government, in
an ugly alliance with those that profit the most from war, has
its tentacles in every part of the media - imposters, with ties
to the U.S. State Department, sit in newsrooms all over the world.
Editors, with no apparent connections to the member's club, have
done nothing to resist. Together, they filter out what can or
cannot be reported. Inconvenient stories are completely blocked."
former Newsweek journalist Tareq
Mike Faulkner / Gary Brumbach / Rowan Wolf / Russel Bonner Bentley
"Just six massive and global
corporations-Comcast, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS, the News Corporation
and Disney-together control more than 90 percent of the nation's
television stations, radio stations, movies, newspapers and magazines.
Corporate ownership combines with other deeply entrenched factors
to guarantee the not-so-mainstream media's dutiful service to
the nation's unelected and interrelated dictatorships of money,
class and empire: the controlling power of corporate advertisers
(the mass media's main market, not the public); the disproportionate
purchasing power of the affluent (the main target of advertisers);
the elitist socialization, indoctrination and selection of journalists,
and the dependence of media on government for information, access
and monopoly power."
Jim Miles / Jay Janson
"The New York Times, Washington
Post and the Wall Street Journal are quasi-governmental organs,
predictably predictable and predictably dishonest. The truth is
not in them."
Fred Reed, 2014
"Without the central role
of the global news agencies, the worldwide synchronization of
propaganda and disinformation would never be so efficient.
Through this "propaganda multiplier", dubious stories
from PR experts working for governments, military and intelligence
services reach the general public more or less unchecked and unfiltered.
The journalists refer to the news agencies and the news agencies
refer to their sources. Although they often attempt to point out
uncertainties with terms such as "apparent", "alleged"
and the like, by then the rumor has long been spread to the world
and its effect has taken place."
Swiss Propaganda Research, 2019
"As in Soviet times, any
view at odds with Washington's "party line" is simply
disappeared. When independent media outlets begin gaining traction
and challenging the narrative, they are "de-platformed"
on social media and even from their Internet service providers."