This is what an eminent journalist said about the media in 1880!
published on State of The Nation, on December 18, 2016
“The business of journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race 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 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.”
(Spoken by John Swinton, preeminent New York journalist, at a press banquet in 1880)