Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Filtering the news

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Filtering the news

This interesting article, "Filtering the news" was adapted from Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman's "Propaganda Model" as stated in the article. I think everyone in the class will find it interesting to read. It is very brief and straight to the point.

"If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before
24 hours my occupation would be gone. The business of a journalist is to
destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; 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 and independent press.. Our
talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other
men. We are intellectual prostitutes."(Swinton, John, 1953)


Blogger A. Mattson said...

An interesting quotation. It would be interesting to find out what the author was reacting to in 1953. I think that this is an overstatement to say the least. While there are always journalists who do little more than repeat the news according to the powerful or offical sources, there are also a large number of ethical journalists who do there best to provide objective and important news to the public. Beware anyone who simply dismisses an entire institution with a blanket condemnation. --Or blanket praise for that matter.

2/20/2006 9:52 PM  

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