Compiled by Michael Walsh – henrymakow.com March 17, 2012
Michael is the author of Witness to History which can be downloaded at his website, which has many useful videos.
GEORGE ORWELL ON THE PRESS
‘At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this or that or the other, but it is ‘not done.’. . . Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in highbrow periodicals.’ – George Orwell.
THE REGIMENTATION OF THOUGHT
‘The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. . . The important thing is that [propaganda] is universal and continuous; and in its sum total it is regimenting the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments the bodies of its soldiers.’ – Edward Bernays ‘Propaganda’.
‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act’ – George Orwell
‘A journalist is a person who scribbles on the back of advertisements.’ – Anon
‘Lies come first, and drag along the gullible. Truth limps in long afterward on the arm of time.’ – Balthazar Gracian.
‘There is no such thing as an independent Press in America, unless it is in the country towns.. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you express an honest opinion, you know beforehand it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 a week for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should permit honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my newspaper, like Othello, before twenty-four hours, my occupation would be gone. The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon; to sell his race and his country for his daily bread. We are tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are intellectual prostitutes.’ – John Swinton, Editor of the New York Tribune, to the New York Press Association, on February 26 1936
The Internet poses a fundamental threat not only to the authority of the government, but to all authority, because it permits people to organize, think, and influence one another without any institutional supervision whatsoever.’ – John Seabrook. American journalist at The New Yorker since 1993.