"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
"Even open-minded people
will often find themselves unable to take seriously the likes
of Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman, Howard Zinn and Susan George
on first encountering their work; it just does not seem possible
that we could be so mistaken in what we believe. The individual
may assume that these writers must be somehow joking, wildly over-stating
the case, paranoid, or have some sort of axe to grind. We may
actually become angry with them for telling us these terrible
things about our society and insist that this simply 'can't be
true'. It takes real effort to keep reading, to resist the reassuring
messages of the mass media and be prepared to consider the evidence
David Edwards - Burning All Illusions
Sydney Schanberg / Webster Tarpley / General
Smedley Butler / Stephen Zunes
"Pravda and Izvestia in
the former Soviet Union would have been hard-pressed to surpass
the American media in their subservience to the official agenda.
They have abandoned the notion of objectivity or even the idea
of providing a public space where problems are discussed and debated.
It's a scandal that reveals the existence of a system of propaganda,
not of serious media so essential in a democratic society."
Edward S. Herman
Jonathan Kozol / Michael Klare / Steven Kinzer / David Korten
"Instead of protecting
against abuses of government power by keeping us adequately informed,
media companies have become complicit in destabilizing and undermining
our freedom and democracy. They have sold out the public trust
to turn a profit. No longer can Americans trust the mainstream
media to keep a watchful eye on government."
Elliot D. Cohen and Bruce W. Fraser
Tom Engelhardt / Doug Dowd / Yves Engler /
"Most people are fairly
clear that politicians are not speaking honestly, openly, and
sincerely, but the news media are reporting them as if they are."
William Binney / Thomas Drake / John Kiriakou
"Most Americans have no
idea that what we are fed by the news media is nothing more than
a portrayal of what powerful corporations want us to believe,
that what happens to pass as education is as often as not mere
propaganda, that what we learn in church may have very little
or nothing to do with the truth, that what our parents teach us
may be nothing more than an accumulation of their own personal
biases, no doubt a rather subtle modification of what they were
taught by their parents. And through such a process, governments
and nations around the world wield control as to what their citizens,
believe, value, and do."
Dylan Ratigan / Mike Whitney / Jon Rappoport / Patrick Cockburn
"The Press simply represents
the news which its owners desire to print and the opinions which
they desire to propagate."