Flipping through the channels and browsing through the Internet, watching/reading the pundits on CNBC and Bloomberg and Fox and CNN and [insert your channel or website here]… I can’t help but think about how badly the mainstream media has failed us over the last 51 years. And not just because of the fact that 90%+ of it is owned and managed by a few megalithic corporations, but also because the journalists, reporters, analysts, columnists, editors, publishers, blog writers, etc. etc. have failed to venture outside of their comfort zone – to buck the Owners – in order to expose uncomfortable truths.
Granted, there have been a few courageous souls over these years that have stepped up to the plate and gone to bat for the American public and the world at large, but none of them have really managed to live up to the standards set forth by that one courageous soul of 1961; the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, who addressed the American Newspaper Publishers Association and made it clear that the Press was the ONLY institution that could keep the country and the world from running off the rails.
Yet the Press as an institution has clearly failed, and we have run off the rails in a major way. We see the evidence of this every day now as multinational corporations and governments across the world engage in accounting fraud, taxpayer fraud, embezzlement of client funds, insider trading, political subversion of “democratic” elections, undocumented expenditures, oppressive regulation, unauthorized wars and countless other injustices against the very idea of free and independent peoples, without any meaningful discussion of these injustices in the media.
When JFK was assassinated in 1963, the Western world lost whatever remaining shreds of transparent leadership it had managed to hold onto, and we wholly succumbed to a system run by shameless guerrillas launching attacks against everything free and fair and righteous in this world under the cover of night. In fact, there are not much more than one or two political or corporate or academic leaders in the world that I can think of who fail to fit that description like it was custom-made for them, and the most influential media outlets and journalists are no longer exceptions either.
Here is the text and the audio of a Speech that truly speaks for itself:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
the very word secrecy is repugnant, in a free and open society, and we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings.
We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it.
Even today there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating it’s arbitrary restrictions.
Even today there is little value in ensuring the survival of our nation, if our traditions do not survive with it.
And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious who wish to expand it’s meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit, to the extent that it is in my control.
And no official of my administration whether his rank as high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight, as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
For we are opposed, around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy, that relies primarily on covet means for expanding it’s fear of influence,
on infiltration instead of invasion,
on subversion instead of elections,
on intimidation, instead of free choice,
on guerrillas by night, instead of armies by day,
It is a system which has conscripted, vast material and human resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific, and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published.
It’s mistakes are buried, not headlined.
Its dissenters silenced, not praised.
No expenditure is questioned. No rumor is printed. No secret is revealed.
No president should fear public scrutiny of his program.
Because from that scrutiny comes understanding. And from that understanding comes support or opposition, and both are necessary.
I am not asking your newspaper to support an administration.. But I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people..
For I have complete confidence in the response and the dedication of our citizens when they are fully informed.
I not only could not stifle controversy from your readers I welcome it. This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For as a wise man once said, “an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it”.
We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors and we expect you to point them out when we miss them. Without debate without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed. And no republic can survive.
That is why the Athenian law decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy. And that is why our press was protected by the first amendment, the only business in America specifically protected by the constitution,
not primarily to amuse or entertain,
not to emphasize the trivial and sentimental,
not to simply give the public what it wants,
but to inform, to arouse, and to reflect
to state our dangers and our opportunities,
to indicate our crises and our choices,
to lead, mould, and educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.
This means greater coverage and analysis of international news, for it is no longer far away and foreign, but close at hand and local.. it means greater attention to improved attention to greater understanding of the news, as well as improved transmission, and it means finally, the government at all levels, must meet its obligation, to provide you with it’s possible information, outside the narrowest limits of national security.
And so it is to the printing press, to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the carrier of his news, that we look for strength, and his assistance, confident that with your help, Man will be what he was born to be..
Free and independent.”
Those are my ruminations on JFK’s “Guerrillas by Night” – what are yours?