Monday, September 01, 2003

The Media: People Paid to Lie

You know it. I know it. Who, in the media, are paid the most? is the ones who either tell the biggest whoppers (in the case of the stupid) or those who could expose the truth, but are paid to refrain from doing so.

Or as John Swinton, the former chief of staff at The New York Times, put it, while speaking to the National press Club:

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 street looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinion to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

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."