27 January 2013

Edward R. Murrow: Good Night, And Good Luck

"All I can hope to teach my son is to tell the truth and fear no man...

If none of us ever read a book that was "dangerous," had a friend who was "different," or joined an organization that advocated "change," we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants...

The only thing that counts is the right to know, to speak, to think — that, and the sanctity of the courts. Otherwise it's not America.

No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices."

Edward R. Murrow, speech to his CBS News staff, 1954

“The term propaganda rings melodramatic and exaggerated, but a press that—whether from fear, careerism, or conviction—uncritically recites false government claims and reports them as fact, or treats elected officials with a reverence reserved for royalty, cannot be accurately described as engaged in any other function.”

Glenn Greenwald