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Himself - Professor Emeritus, MIT:
You have to get rid of this ignorant and meddlesome majority; control them, make them do the right things... all for their own good, incidentally. If they're allowed to participate, they'll make all kinds of mistakes, errors; but we, the responsible men, we know how to do the right thing - like get into the Vietnam War, and invade Iraq, and deregulate the banks so that everything crashes. We get everything straight.
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That's a direct quote near the tail end of this wonderful documentary on how all governments lie. Unfortunately, that includes most of the mainstream media many of us have relied on and trusted for our news forever. I came around a few years ago, realizing how skewed their views are and how untruthful they can be most of the time.
I really enjoyed the different first hand interviews with real journalists, who work independently for media groups that aren't part of the corporate world. Corporations and media giants are what's wrong. Particularly flawed newspapers like The New York Times, which took a beating for their reliance on sources that worked as government plants when it came to Iraq. You didn't have to be a brain surgeon to figure that out.
I particularly liked what Jeremy Scahill had to say during the piece, including some short but excellent advice to new journalists.
"If you care, your job is to be objective."
Most aren't. There is a lot to digest in the documentary. It's well worth the watch.
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