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Freedom of the press and media synchronization
10 months ago

Freedom of the press and media synchronization
From an official speech by John Swinton, the doyen of the American press and former editor of the New York Times:

'To this day there is no such thing as an independent press in world history. You know it and I know it. There is no one among you who dares to write his honest opinion, and when he does, he knows in advance that it will not appear in print. I get paid every week to keep my honest opinion out of the newspaper I'm working for.
Others of you are paid similarly for similar things, and any of you who would be stupid enough to write your honest opinion would immediately stand on the street looking for a new job. If I published my honest opinion in an issue of my newspaper, I would lose my job within 24 hours. It is the business of journalists to destroy the truth, to lie openly, to pervert, to slander, to lick the feet of mammon and to sell the country for their daily bread. You know it and I know what a madness it is to toast an independent press.
We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scene. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our abilities and our whole life are the property of other people. We are intellectual prostitutes'.

Swinton's statement to the distinguished New York press club dates back to 1880 - but it's probably never been more topical than it is today.

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