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"Official truths are often powerful illusions."
“It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.”
"Classic nineteenth century European imperialists believed they were literally on a mission. I don’t believe that the imperialists these days have that same sense of public service. They are simply pirates."
“We are beckoned to see the world through a one-way mirror, as if we are threatened and innocent and the rest of humanity is threatening, or wretched, or expendable. Our memory is struggling to rescue the truth that human rights were not handed down as privileges from a parliament, or a boardroom, or an institution, but that peace is only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly.”
“The major western democracies are moving towards corporatism. Democracy has become a business plan, with a bottom line for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope. The main parliamentary parties are now devoted to the same economic policies — socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor — and the same foreign policy of servility to endless war. This is not democracy. It is to politics what McDonalds is to food.”
“Many journalists now are no more than channelers and echoers of what George Orwell called the ‘official truth’. They simply cipher and transmit lies. It really grieves me that so many of my fellow journalists can be so manipulated that they become really what the French describe as ‘functionaires’, functionaries, not journalists. Many journalists become very defensive when you suggest to them that they are anything but impartial and objective. The problem with those words ‘impartiality’ and ‘objectivity’ is that they have lost their dictionary meaning. They’ve been taken over… [they] now mean the establishment point of view… Journalists don’t sit down and think, ‘I’m now going to speak for the establishment.’ Of course not. But they internalise a whole set of assumptions, and one of the most potent assumptions is that the world should be seen in terms of its usefulness to the West, not humanity.”
"I grew up in Sydney in a very political household, where we were all for the underdog."
Quote Source -> www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/60888.John_Pilger
Brainwashing the polite and professional way -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/brainwashing-the-polite-and-p…
The ‘getting’ of Assange and the smearing of a revolution -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/the-getting-of-assange-and-th…
Breaking Australia’s silence: WikiLeaks and freedom -> www.johnpilger.com/videos/breaking-australias-silence-wik…
Stealing A Nation-John Pilger (part 1/4) -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=WucOPZLQYoA&playnext=1&li…
Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror 2003 Part 1/6 -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=frAb1kCOwJ8&feature=related
War on Democracy – John Pilger [01/10] -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTZmC9RJw1E&feature=related
Freedom Next Time -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJcxj_Kvu7A&feature=related
Obama and Empire -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXL998q7skI&feature=related
The Hidden Power of The Media -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv7a-B15R28&feature=related
Keynote address at the Byron Bay Writers Festival 2011 -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=EskyATqkCvg&feature=related
IMF & World Bank are weapons of war -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYCH1Ylncxc&feature=related
Julian Assange in conversation with John Pilger -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbBEJQmQW-o&feature=related
Kafka has a rival. The Foreign Office lectures us on human rights -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/kafka-has-a-rival
How the so-called guardians of free speech are silencing the messenger -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/how-the-so-called-guardians-o…
Welcome to the violent world of Mr. Hopey Changey -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/welcome-to-the-violent-world-…
The strange silencing of liberal America -> www.johnpilger.com/articles/the-strange-silencing-of-libe…
John Pilger -> www.johnpilger.com/
The War You Don’t See -> www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ah20IAyYxg
John Pilger Videos -> johnpilger.com/videos
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