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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
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."
The Myth of An American Free
by John Swinton
Chief of Staff, New York
(Considered "the Dean of
his Profession" by his peers)
When asked to give a toast
at the New York Press Club in 1953.
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