Just listen to what one of the media's most respected professionals, John Swinden, head of the New York Times, said in 1953 when he was asked by his peers to toast the independent press in a gathering at the National Press Club. He said, "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 opinion, and if you did, you know beforehand it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping any honest opinion out of the paper. Others of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before 24 hours, my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist 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 rave 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 the vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the Jumping Jacks. They pull the strings, and we dance. Your talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
Mr. Swinden's words ring just as true in 1997 as they did in 1953. Not much changes except the identity of the politicians and their owners. The news was and is owned and operated by the wealthy of America, be they liberal leaning or, as is mostly true in 1997, outright ultra-conservatives. In either case, you can rest assured that the account which is truly important will never reach your eyes or ears if it is in any way unsatisfactory to those who truly do own the news media.
This lie of the "liberal media" is only one of the many instruments your honesty challenged leaders use to assure a divided nation. By convincing the lowest common denominator that all news reports which put conservative views or actions in a bad light come from this nonexistent but evil and sinister group allows these Corporate whores to continue dragging America down by pretending to protect it. Consider, since Rupert Murdoch owns a huge percentage of the radio, TV and newspapers in America, as does the Times/Mirror group and Ted Turner and General Electric and Westinghouse and the Disney Corporation as well as many, many religious groups, how can anyone with even a small bit of intelligence claim that liberalism is even fairly represented in the media let alone that conservatives are somehow attacked unfairly? The problem that conservatives face is that when any report is done on their actions or methods, any trace of honesty in the report will always put them in a bad light. Therefore, when people begin to understand the true depth of small-mindedness of our government representatives these indignant liars find that they must immediately turn the nation's attention away and have thus invented this "liberal media" to pretend that any report which shows the truth must be from liberals and, by that imaginary standard, false.
The liberals, of course, are simply thrilled that the news media is so falsely accused of bias because it keeps much in the way of reporting on their actions from happening (as if they are doing much that deserves reporting, in the first place). Even should a sliver of truth be printed or reported, it can be ignored because the conservatives have pretty much destroyed America's trust in its own institutions. The liberals know that any imagined transgression on their part will always be on page 1 while even the few true stories about the conservatives will be buried just beside the farm report but that, since the public doesn't trust any of them, anyway, it never matters.
Remember, the conservatives have spent the entire six years of the Clinton/Gore presidency trying mightily to find even a shred of evidence for every crime they can dream up. So far, the results are simply hundreds of millions of your tax dollars wasted without the slightest glimmer of factual evidence but the dubious achievement of year after year of front page headlines detailing the conservative's every allegation and fabricated story. Even Paula Jones, the stooge for Jerry Fallwell and other ultra-conservative religious originations in their putrid drive towards embarrassing the President with the slimmest of evidence, keeps having to amend her lawsuit to keep from having her past examined in court in the same amoral way that she and her political handlers want to attack the President. Nevertheless, how many reports have you read that are even slightly critical of the unfettered support these right wing Christian groups have poured into the case?
Well, I know that those who demand the right to believe in a "liberal media" will never be swayed by facts so this wasn't written for them. These examples and information were provided for those still capable of thinking for themselves without ever allowing the word "Ditto" to soil their lips. It is for you I say, keep thinking for yourself. It's a dying art in America.
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