John Swinton 1880 Talks About the Media


Why do we read the papers, listen to the radio or watch the TV? Things have gotten worse in the media, not better, since 1880. Today, outright lies are the norm in media. Banish the Propaganda/Lies from your life.

Earth day and Global Warming are propaganda!
Seek the truth and you will find it.

A media that presents only half the range of opinion is presenting no information at all.
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.”

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One thought on “John Swinton 1880 Talks About the Media

  1. It’s amazing how something so obvious and simple has not yet been grasped by the masses. Has something happened to them? Do they really not understand this? Or do they just refuse to accept the fact that just about everything they’re taught by the mainstream channels is a lie because to accept it would be too hard for them to deal with?

    A fake reality offers comfort I guess. It’s warm and cozy inside Plato’s cave.

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