“Society has turned out to have scarce defense against the abyss of human decadence, for example against the misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, such as motion pictures full of pornography, crime, and horror.
This is all considered to be part of freedom and to be counterbalanced, in theory, by the young people’s right not to look and not to accept.
Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn Address at Harvard Commencement, 1978
“A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society. There are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn Commencement Address at Harvard University, 1978
“There is no true moral responsibility for distortion or disproportion. What sort of responsibility does a journalist or a newspaper have to the readership or to history? If they have misled public opinion by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, even if they have contributed to mistakes on a state level, do we know of any case of open regret voiced by the same journalist or the same newspaper? No; this would damage sales. A nation may be the worse for such a mistake, but the journalist always gets away with it. It is most likely that he will start writing the exact opposite to his previous statements with renewed aplomb.”
When I was young — we’re talking high school and college young — I was seriously considering pursing a career in journalism. I thought it was a noble profession. I took courses in high school and college. I read everything I could about journalists and journalism. I studied the history of journalism and saw the power of the those who produce the “news”.
I did some freelance writing — you know, where I got paid money for writing stories.
But the Lord led me into a career in education instead of a career in journalism. In my teaching, I tried to incorporate my love of journalism to my students, encouraging them to read the papers and magazines and to watch or listen to the broadcast news channels.
I wouldn’t do that today.
Today, I don’t trust any news source.
I thought I would share a couple of interviews with present day journalists as they share their views of what happened to real journalism over the last couple of decades.
I encourage you to watch or listen to the interviews. The first one is with Tucker Carlson of Fox News.
Sharyl Attkisson, who used to work for major networks, shares her thoughts about what has happened to the profession of yournalism.
“… we enter life with a heritage that reaches back through the ages. But we do not choose our ancestors. When we come into the world the gate of gifts is closed behind us. We can do nothing about it. So far as each individual is concerned all he can do is to take the abilities he has and make the most of them. His power over the past is gone. His power over the future depends on what he does with himself in the present. If he wishes to live and progress he must work.”
Calving Coolidge The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, 1929. p. 37
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
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“Surprisingly few men are lacking in capacity, but they fail because they are lacking in application. Either they never learn how to work, or, having leared, they are too indolent to apply themselves with the seriousness and the attention that is necessary to solve important problems. “
Any reward that is worth having only comes to the industrious. The success which is made in any walk of life is measured almost exactly by the amount of hard work that is put into it.”
Calving Coolidge The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge, 1929. p. 171
The Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge (1929) is available for free on the Internet Archive. https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.87969/page/n193/mode/2up
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