(Dedicated to a true free world void of private media Mughals and their authoritarian censorships – Deepak Sarkar, www.kolki.com)
<Related Poem: Journalist Article: Why Media Is Silent>
[How mainstream US media depriving World from peace and security excluding from Presidential debates real domestic/global issues including 9/11 & Anthrax investigation, 2.3 trillion missing Pentagon transaction, 83,000 unknown detainees, 900,000 secret federal employees, and Live Avian Flu Virus sent by Baxter, USA, to eighteen(18) countries which can trigger worldwide Pandemic!
It seems that Pulitzer like prizes really converted World Journalism to ‘Yellow’ what Hearst and Pulitzer started in 1898 to promote non-existent Spanish War beginning the American colonialism! Kolki]
If politicians could speak
Politics would have risen above status quo events -
Like polluting the air during election game
With private polls, analysis, and gossips without end
Marring campaigns with personal shames
While promoting tax cuts, tough on crimes, and prison cells -
Ignoring the issues that are urgently relevant
For education, humane jobs, environment, and health!
If media could listen -
They wouldn’t spend most valuable air time
Speculating what’s in politician’s minds
Blocking news that matters most for a better world
Beyond rumours and stories conveniently discovered!
If people could read -
The messages from masses, leaders, and intellectuals
Without misinformation and distractions from commercials
The world would have seen peace and coexistence
Improving basic human rights and enriching cultural strengths!
If commerce could really serve -
Science wouldn’t have been hijacked
With researches that enrich the profiteers
Depriving planet Earth’s wonderful creatures
From heavenly universal wisdoms without barriers!
Written August 17, 2003
[As people suffer everywhere billions of dollars are being spent to sterilize seeds, modify food genetically for profit from extended shelf life, maintain freshness of war-time packaged foods, and build deadlier mines & weapons to hurt humans of other kind every which way! Kolki]
John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff at the New York Times, made this candid confession1 when asked to give a toast before the prestigious New York Press Club:
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.
If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the 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. "