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Offline rangerrebew

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Pressure has killed our free press
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:25:15 PM »
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Re: Pressure has killed our free press
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 02:09:38 PM »
We live in the age where it is hip to be famous for being famous.  Fame for the sake of fame is very popular, even infamy for the sake of infamy...ala Beiber and Company, or Kim with her big ass and a sex tape.

This is not journalism.  This is live television that has to constantly have something to talk about, and the glitter substitutes nicely for the breaks in between the gore.


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Re: Pressure has killed our free press
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 02:16:35 PM »
One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
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 opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

"The business of the journalists 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, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."



Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.


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