2012-09-30 The struggle for independent media in a democracy, three quotes.
• “Suddenly it all comes down, all at once. You see what you are, what you have done, or, more accurately, what you haven’t done, (for that was all that was required of most of us: that we do nothing). You remember the occasions in which maybe if you had stood others would have stood too. You remember everything now, and your heart breaks. Too late. You are compromised beyond repair.”
They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 University of Chicago Press, 1955
• “There is no more important struggle for … democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. Free Press is at the heart of that struggle.”
• “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 – New York Press Club