Posted by: Harold Knight | 06/29/2014

“The Washington press corps is a prisoner of what they’re assigned to cover. And that’s basically whatever officialdom tells them.” (Charles Lewis)

Remember the certainty of Weapons of Mass Destruction?

Now we are being told–and everyone is believing–that there are thousands of Europeans and Americans in Iraq with passports just waiting to get into the US and kill us. Can you imagine what further erosion of our freedom that story–because we will all believe it–will lead to?

935 liesSurely we Americans have some way to learn the truth.

Taking the 25 minutes to watch Bill Moyers would be a beginning. “And so we really have a problem here because if we don’t know what the truth is in this country, we don’t have a country. It’s end of story. It’s not our country anymore. This is fundamental. And if the public doesn’t care about facts then journalists, frankly, are not terribly relevant either. I had a professional crisis. Like, why am I doing this if no one cares and false information is what they believe, not the actual information?” (Charles Lewis)

Read Charles Lewis’s account of the genesis of his book, 935 Lies — available from Amazon and B&N.

Charles Lewis is a tenured professor of journalism and since 2008 the founding executive editor of theInvestigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of The Center for Public Integrity and several other nonprofit organizations.

 

“Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.”
― George Orwell, 1984

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