Friday, October 11, 2013
IF YOU THINK ANYTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 150 YEARS, I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU…(no pun intended)
"There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in any one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone."
"The business of the journalist is to destroy 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. You know it and I know it, so what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes... They pull the strings... AND WE DANCE."
John Swinton, 1860s chief-of-staff for the New York Times. In an address to fellow journalists…