Did a John Swinton of the New York Times really state that mass media journalists are “intellectual prostitutes” whose job is to “lie outright” and “destroy the truth” for the benefit “of rich men behind the scenes”…?

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You might have received the following via Whatsapp:

John Swinton, 
former Chief of Staff of the most powerful and prestigious newspaper on earth, The New York Times, when asked to give a toast to the “free press” at the New York Press Club stated:

“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 opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. 
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 honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. 

The business of the journalists 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 race 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 vassals of 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.”

…..100% true for any news media around the world
So lesson here: don’t swallow hook, line & sinker what is portrayed out there. The truth is far deeper than realized

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Are Mass Media Journalists ‘Intellectual Prostitutes’?

Did a John Swinton of the New York Times really state that mass media journalists are “intellectual prostitutes” whose job is to “lie outright” and “destroy the truth” for the benefit “of rich men behind the scenes”…?

It is often quoted that John Swinton, a former “chief of staff” for The New York Times, made the following statement in 1953. While others deny it and claim he did not exist. As explained further below it turns out John Swinton really existed, he was “managing editor” of the New York Times during the 19th century, the 1850s, and he likely made this statement during the 1880s:

There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares 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 opinion out of the paper I am connected with. 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 honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of the journalists 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 race 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 vassals of 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.”

About John Swinton and this famous statement:

As explained below it turns out John Swinton really existed, he was “managing editor” of the New York Times during the 19th century, the 1850s, and he likely made the above statement during the 1880s.

This 2002 article from http://rense.com/general20/yes.htm explains:

John Swinton – Yes, He Said It, But…

“I got email from Jay Salter, one of my readers, who had come across the John Swinton vignette… He forwarded it to a journalist’s discussion area, asking for feedback.

One journalist there, Jeff McMahon, made this response to Jay:

“Yeah, I’ll take that bait. The last time I saw that phony quote Swinton was identified as the “chief of staff” of the New York SUN, the date was 1853, and where it now says “I am paid weekly,” it then said “I am paid $150 a week.” Which is, actually, about how much I made in journalism. Then some liar realized that newspapers don’t have chiefs of staff, at least the editorial departments don’t, and if you’re going to lie you might as well do it big, so they made him the EDITOR IN CHIEF of the New York TIMES in NINETEEN 53. Unfortunately, the editor of the New York Times in 1953 was Turner Catledge.

So, the quote itself betrays a need for journalists because otherwise people who spread such propaganda might go unchecked.

Read the rest:

http://www.blatantpropaganda.org/propaganda/articles/journalists-are-intellectual-prostitutes-says-John-Swinton-of-the-New-York-Times.html

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