The Press

CIA and the Wire Services

"PAO now has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has helped turn some "intelligence failure" stories into "intelligence success" stories ... In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories"

-- From a 1991 document obtained by Ralph McGehee through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regarding the operations of the CIA's Public Affairs Office (PAO)

Newspapers are...

"The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas."

-- Pierre Joseph Proudhon

The really well-trained dog...

"Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks the whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns somersaults when there is no whip."

-- George Orwell

Bill Moyers on working in the White House

"When you are working for a prince, you are in the prince's circle, his shadow; you are doing his bidding. You are seen and you see yourself as a projection of the prince....If you are young and eager to get into the action, you suddenly find yourself in a place where you can make things happen. But you are doing it in someone else's name."

-- Bill Moyers, on his service in the White House

We are intellectual prostitutes.

"There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the small towns. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did you know before hand that they would never appear in print.... If I allowed honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before 24 hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the New York journalist 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."

-- John Swinton, New York Times journalist, toasting his profession at the New York press club in 1953
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