In 1883, former New York Times chief editorial writer John Swinton admitted there was no such thing as a free or independent press, that a journalists job was to hide the truth and lie to the reader for the benefit of rich men.



There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an “Independent Press”! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes. ” – John Swinton

His wiki page

Interesting to note for those paying attention, mammon is also known as the demon of money.

 

h/t usernamenn

7 Responses

  1. anonymous4u4me says:

    Shows to go you, that this is not a new but a very old agenda and problem. It all started with the civil war.

  2. An investigative reporter is not a journalist, like a bore is not a cork.

  3. Awaiting moderation says:

    ”If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.’ – Mark Twain https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d6be3d6079ebaad16dead5edb669949e4833b96c2daeadd54ed5d1075969c07.jpg

  4. chris says:

    no one listens when the truth is told.

  5. Zaphod Braden says:

    Turn over the rotten log of MSM and look at all the bugs scatter from the light.
    Since when did the MSM become anything beyond YELLOW JOURNALISM and the corruption of William Randolph Hearst ? Sure as heck not with THIS lot.
    They dish it out ….. but the MSM Pansies can’t take it.
    COWARDS of MSM run to Mommy squealing that meanie Trump “Hit me back first”
    For decades People have complained about your FAKE news ….. “If it bleeds, it leads”, “Dirty Laundry:, “Talking Heads”, movies have been made about you …….. Where do you get the sanctimonious, pious idea you are “untouchable”? you are PRESSTITUTES.
    The Cowards PRAISED and PROTECTED Kathy Gifford, the Shakespearian ASSASSINS, Katty Perry threats to Barron, multiple “rappers” like Sh-T Dogg waving guns and making threats. Where were the MSM pious cries about “gun violence” as those “rappers” were waving guns around? DEAD SILENCE from the MSM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZV0sw39Be8&feature=youtu.be http://audienceservices.cbs.com/feedback/feedback.htm . Steven Colbert: In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”
    , Trump fires back once and the HOMOSEXUALS of MSM squeal like the cowards they all are.

  6. Jack says:

    I thin it was 1953, not 1883…

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