Thursday, February 08, 2007

The Truth About a "free Press"

There isn't one

John F. Kennedy Jr.:

John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times, made this candid confession [it's worth noting that Swinton was called 'The Dean of His Profession' by other newsmen, who admired him greatly]:
There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, 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 opinions 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 journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to
vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country 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 the rich

1 comment:

East Midland Enterprises said...

Please read our blog piece on a similar subject.

"Free Press versus Independent Press: Responsibility in the Context of Political Advertisements"