The media middle: “To hell with the news”

Published 15 years ago -  - 15y ago 20


newspaper-568058_1280It had been my intent to do a connected narrative series on the makeup of the mainstream establishment media, when this effort was overtaken by the acts of terrorism carried out against innocent Americans at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. The disruption of my insignificant agenda by comparison, to the suffering of so many of my fellow Americans, has indeed personally affected us all.It is not my intention to politically assail TV news, the major print newspapers and newsmagazines, or Hollywood’s creative efforts in TV and movies, collectively referred to as the media, for any purpose other than getting underneath the terrifying overall result that the successful execution of their agenda accomplishes.

Although the recent events of terror have interrupted the continuity of my efforts, they have in a way, reinforced both the evidence of the media’s proclivity as well as reinforced my resolve. The immediate ad hominem attacks on President Bush after the terrorist acts by Jennings of ABC, Dowd of the New York Times, Shields of PBS, Andy Rooney of CBS, etc., are typical of the America-hating establishment mainstream press. This was a time when thousands of innocent American lives were lost in a dastardly act of war, yet these intellectually challenged media morons couldn’t resist attacking their greatest conceived nemesis – a Republican president.

In a previous effort, it was pointed out that virtually all vehicles of public communication and information are controlled by one or two dozen multi-zillionaires whose leanings were substantially left-liberal, or heavily socialist. It was offered that in spite of their success at capitalism, they have for the most part reserved that economic freedom for themselves.

The media middle is comprised mainly of newspaper editors and news managers of broadcast stations. They are positioned between recently graduated and indoctrinated Marxists from schools of journalism, and the media moguls who relish shaping the opinions of uninformed Americans. All news is filtered through these two upper echelons of media reporting and opining, gleefully supported by the lower tier of socialist reporter wonks.

Here are the candid comments of two famous and successful editors, media middle managers, saying things that were most assuredly not intended for the public’s ears. One is Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, which during his tenure brought us Woodward and Bernstein’s Watergate of Republican Richard Nixon: “To hell with the news!” says Bradlee. “I’m no longer interested in the news! I’m interested in causes. We don’t print the truth….” Really? I offer the words of American Patriot Benjamin Franklin for comparison: “Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing freeness of speech.”

Why is freeness of speech critical for the survival and continuation of a free society? Isn’t it truth, for it is truth that shall set us free? Why is it that one of the mainstream establishment media’s most successful middle managers abuses the First Amendment by proclaiming that the free press “[doesn’t] print the truth?”

Then we have the astonishing revelations made in 1953 by the New York Times’ Chief of Staff, Jack Swinton, speaking at a dinner at the New York Press Club: “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dare 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 opinions out of the paper [that] I am connected with [New York Times]. 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 opinions to appear in one issue of my paper [New York Times], before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.”

Swinton rambles on: “The business of a journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country 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 the 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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