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"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth"

One of my readers eloquently quoted John Swinton of the New York Times, in response to my post The Huffington Rost and just so those of you who don't read readers's comments don't miss out, I have reprinted his quote below.

But please also note that variations of this quote have been misattributed as a response to a toast, by John Swinton, as "the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times", before the New York Press Club in 1953.

Accoding to http://www.constitution.org/pub/swinton_press.htm, however, Swinton, (who died already in 1901), after moving to New York, wrote an occasional article for the New York Times and was hired on a regular basis in 1860 as head of the editorial staff. He left the paper in 1870 and became active in the labor struggles.

The remarks were apparently made by Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, one night in 1880. Swinton 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.)

According to http://www.constitution.org, despite the misattribution, "the quote raises the issue of whether there is not continuing truth in Swinton's remarks, and whether some candid journalist might not be able to fairly say similar things today."

And anyone who has followed the media coverage of the Iraq war, the lies about "weapons of mass destruction," the Valerie Plame affair, or Judith Miller's incorrect reporting for the New York Times on the war and her subsequent fate, would recognize that not much has changed.

Fortunately, I think those are exceptions that confirm the daily reality, and that is that without our free press we would have long ago fallen into the hands of a worse political dictatorship than we have today.

I for one, am very grateful that we have a "free" press, even though it may have its blemishes and even though many newspapers are controlled by powerful families.

Without this press, we'd have nothing left of our freedom.

Something to think about the day after 4th of July.

23 Comments:

Blogger beeta said...

Indeed!

7/05/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Here is a few words on the issue from another American.

Mark Twain, having been called a "traitor" for criticizing the U.S. invasion of the Philippines, derided what he called "monarchical patriotism." He said: "The gospel of the monarchical patriotism is: "The King can do no wrong." We have adopted it with all its servility. with an unimportant chage in the wording: "Our country, right or wrong!" We have thrown away the most valuable asset we had-the individual's right to oppose both flag and country when he believed them to be in the wrong. We have thrown it away, and with it all that was really respectable about that grotesque and laughable word, Patriotism."

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Doc, that quote appeared first on your other blog, "Take my Poll: You're in Control by an Anonymous person who said...I got from the website below and appeared days before MsMelody found it. Anyways, here's what I wrote:

It really is time to do something different with your blog doc. Now that I read this... from this site.

http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Evils%20in%20Government/Federal%20Reserve%20Scam/federal_reserve.htm

"Here's one terrific example. John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff for the New York Times, was one of New York's best loved newspapermen. Called by his peers "The Dean of his Profession", John was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the New York Press Club, and in so doing, made a monumentally important and revealing statement. He is quoted as follows:

"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 weekly 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."

Lets not be.

7/01/2006

7/05/2006  
Blogger justanotheryblogreader said...

Oh Really !!


I think the illusion of a free press is far more dangerous than NOT having a free press at all. In the latter case, you won't take what the press tells you at face value and take everything that is spewn with a grain of salt. In the former, you will be fed all sorts of lies without you ever knowing about it.

Consider the fact that a good proportion of our population still thinks that there is a connection between Saddam Hussien and 9/11.

But let me delve into some deeper issues :
1. Do you think the Federal Reserve is a "Government Entity"?? What if I told you that it was a cartel of private bankers who have looted the government, and because they control the purse-strings of the government, they in affect control everything else. The mainstream "Free Press" has never told you anything to this affect... have they?




Money Masters - Part 1 (Video)

Money Masters - Part 2(Video)


Money Masters - Part 3(Video)




2. What if I told you that 9/11 was an inside job. Of course there are a lot of "CONSPIRACY THEORISTS" ...those looney ultra-left-wing nut-bags who purport such theories as the the mainstream "Free Press" has already told you. But, take a little time out of your life and research everything. Don't take anything at its face value, and just evaluate the facts. The following place would be a good place to start.


http://www.truth911.net

7/05/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

justan.....,
I agree with your first point. In societies where poeple assume that the press is controlled by government, people are much better at reading between the lines.
However, the point of the post is not that we have a free press, it is just the opposite. The main point is not how much of the press is bought and paid for but that the idea of a free press exist.
Civil rights movement did not get rid of every bigot in America, even after all these years, but what it did was to establish the fact that all people SHOULD be treated the same. The idea that the press SHOULD be free is what matters, because without that assumption, this whole conversation would be mute.

7/05/2006  
Blogger justanotheryblogreader said...

Beeta,

I totally agree, as every other rational person would that we "SHOULD" have a free press....but I was commenting on what Dr. Rost ... "I for one, am very grateful that we have a "free" press,..".

7/05/2006  
Blogger Peter Rost said...

I figured this one would set off a discussion . . . reality is rarely black and white. And I still love to read both the WSJ and NY Times. And the WSJ, in spite of being more right wing, has no problem exposing lots of corrupt CEO's and companies. They do digging before anyone else even starts.

The problem we have today is not that people are fooled by the press, it is that they aren't even reading it, nor watching the news.

We're turning into a people of consumers watching the sport channel, instead of independent, critical thinkers.

And some people are quite happy about that.

7/05/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Doc,
Our whole system of education is designed to undermine independent thinking. It's too long to go into but .... you said it....look how many people are very happy with that state of affairs.
As for WSJ, you are right again... it is the media of choice for leaders of this country.... the aim is to fool us not themselves.

7/05/2006  
Blogger justanotheryblogreader said...

True... its not that black and white at all. But, you do raise an important issue... the fact that we aren't 'reading' news or for that matter anything of REAL importance.

I have to wonder why is that? Why is it that the mighty US of A with all its abundant resources lags so far behind in educating its children. Why is it that US citizens lag so far behind in learning and knowing about Geo-political issues. We know in great detail all the NBA and NFL game scores, the players and their personal histories, but how many know our involvement in Chile, Honduras, Equador, Guatemala, Iran, Phillipines, Afghanistan (in 1979), etc., etc. The list of our foreign escapades and toppling legitimate and democratic governments just goes on and on, and all this is done ON OUR NAME.

I don't think that its just an accident that our citizens don't read. We have been conditioned that way, and the mainstream media is complicit in that conditioning. WSJ for that matter is no exception to it. It might expose some corporate scandals here and there, but no one will discuss the touchy subject of Federal Reserve and how in the world did US become the biggest debtor nation in the world.

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

justanotherblogreader, thanks for putting up those vids, I saw them a couple of days ago and have been completely depressed/distressed.

You might have already seen this site but I found it soon after I saw those videos, and MAN! did it drive the point home for me...

www.worldslaves.citymax.com
Here's some words from the site:

SLAVES

ARE YOU A SLAVE?

ARE YOU SURE?

IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE JET-PROPELLED, AIR-CONDITIONED OR STEAK-FED...NOR DOES IT MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD...AND IT EQUALLY DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN PAID, FOR WHO SAID IT: "NONE ARE SO HOPELESSLY ENSLAVED AS THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE FREE..."?

WHAT MATTERS IS WHETHER OR NOT YOU GET PAID FOR YOUR LABOR, OR PROPERTY.

THE NUMBER ONE DISTINCTION BETWEEN FREEDOM AND SLAVERY IS FREE PEOPLE GET PAID FOR THEIR LABOR, THEIR PROPERTY - SLAVES DON'T.




There's a hot chick under the "Dealers of Death" section... check it out...

Anyways, I agree with you that the idea of a "free press" is very much an illusion which is cleverly designed to have exceptions so we wont all catch on at the same time. They offer us a few dirty CEO's and fine a couple Corporations, and even jail our politicians and figure that will keep us distracted from the real oppression they have brought not just to us but to the world.

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

justanotherblogger, yeah, you get it... if we everyone knew they were slaves they would revolt and then who would do their work? So they take over our schools, courts, media, politics and most importantly, our currency.

7/05/2006  
Blogger MsMelody said...

The problem we have today is not that people are fooled by the press, it is that they aren't even reading it, nor watching the news.

We're turning into a people of consumers watching the sport channel, instead of independent, critical thinkers.
______________________________

This, more than the extent to which our press is "free," is the most troubling issue.

However, the topic here is the “free” press. Hubby, in his book, introduces the chapter on the media, with this quote by A.J. Liebling: "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one."

Because most of the "press" is now corporate in nature, what does or does not get printed is primarily determined by two things: (1) the political persuasion of "the decider"; and (2) the impact on advertising revenues of articles unfavorable to the advertisers. The same holds true with television news.

When I was a "Fair and Balanced" watcher, I would listen to Windbag O'Reilly castigate the Catholic church for pedophilia; or the State of Florida for "losing a child" within the system. Upon reflection, however, I saw that he was always willing to beat up on out-of-favor politicians or celebrities, and organizations such as the Church or the State. HOW MANY OF THOSE EVER CONTRIBUTED ADVERTISING REVENUE DOLLARS to FAUX News? That was when I recognized him for a bully, a windbag, a corporate/media prostitute. When I pointed this out to him in a memo (perhaps not QUITE so bluntly), no response was forthcoming.

7/05/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

Doc, just a quick suggestion. When you introduce multiple posts on a given day, rather than making them separate, just add to the original one. That way we can all stay together, rather than jump from one to the other. Just a thought, maybe others have a better one.

7/05/2006  
Blogger Peter Rost said...

I know. That's a tough one. Sorry the format for this blog is preset by Google and that also means I can't add buttons or spell check for commments, which has been suggested . . .

7/05/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

No problemo! After we help you get rich enough (Warren Buffet needs a replacement), we'll BUY Google and rename it............................ " PROOGLE."

I got a million of them, Doc.....lol

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

Aw geez Shooter that was TERRIBLE :-)

Proogle....I'm still shaking my head. Heh heh heh.

There is another point I would like to bring up in this dicussion as to our somewhat dishonest but at least giving it a shot press.

Something a marine general said 70 or so years ago. He was a double Congressional Medal Of Honor winner. Not a common feat.

But he had an honesty about what he understood was going on around him.

(Let's see if the bold works)

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War [I] a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?,


http://lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

Hmm the link didn't work.

http://lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

Oh well copy and paste I guess. Do read it, it is incredible. AND it is much longer by a good bit than what I posted.

When I posted it at several fight sites (where Neo Cons, and progressives get together and fight online) the Neo Cons, predictably tore him apart. Which is very typical of rightwingers, especially those who have never served.

Ignore the message and go after the messenger.

Sound familiar Doc?

7/05/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Rose,
If I remember correctly, both the Kennedy's and the Bush's family fortune come from war profiteering.
There was this Iraq vetran on Amy Goodman's show this morning, talking about how the American troops call the Iraqi's "Hadji" (which is a term applied to Moslims that take the pilgrimage to Mecca) as a put down, like wetbacks etc. and he said he heard a General or some high up guy refer to them as Hadji.... anyway... he said that's when it downed on him that this kind of treatment was meant to de-humanize the Iraqi's and that's when his whole idea of war changed. He said I used to believe in the just war, but now I think every war is stupid.

7/05/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

I have no problem believing that both families are war profiteers, but it's what the progeny do with the ill gotten gains. Although I think JKF's legacy is more overblown than reality nonetheless I think and believe he had our best interests at heart.

His brother would have in all honesty been a great president and would have probably brought us into a better place than Nixon and Ronnie Raygun did.

I think and will always believe there is a special place in hell for Ronnie Raygun. I think he allowed this country to be led down the path to hell.

Greed is good was the motto of his administration. He also started the great divide in this coutry and got rid of the Fairness Doctrine in media.

Total scumbag and so was his wife. Running the country with a FREAKING ASTROLOGER!!!

Don't get me started.

7/06/2006  
Blogger beeta said...

Rose,
I agree. Reagan's era was the start of the down hill slide. He was the first puppet president. I think his last couple years as president he was totally out of it.... like around the Iran-Contra affair... I read in one of Bob Woodward's books (I loath him now, but then I thought he was on the up and up) that around that time he was acting strange and not remembering things.
As for his wife, well I believe in good, loving and supportive relationships.... but Good Lord..
the woman had him under her thumb....makes you wonder about satanic powers.

7/06/2006  
Anonymous Rosethejet said...

During the last year or so of his presidency, Raygun was doing an "interview" and the cameras as usual were kept a hundred yards away.

The press was trying to ask him questions from a distance and a directional mike caught Nancy answering his question. You could hear her muttering under her breath the answers.

"Say YES". And he would.

"Say not at this time" And he would.

Today I wonder if anything would have been made of it, but back then he was untouchable and no big deal was made of it.

I hope he rots. And I hope Nancy rots as well.

7/06/2006  
Blogger shooter said...

How much heartache can a man take in one day? First I find out Beeta's married, and then to console me, Rosethejet zings me a groin kick. A "roundhouse" with the "Dorothy from Kansas" stilleto pumps was a cute addition, I must say.

Good nite, all. There's a nice bunch of people here.

7/06/2006  

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