THE PEACE AND JUSTICE FOUNDATION
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Open Letter to The Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2006
Mr. James McNulty
The Chicago Tribune
Dear Mr. McNulty: Greetings of Peace
This Open Letter comes in response to your paper’s editorial of July 13, 2006 (“Terror as Statecraft”). I thank you for it. I happen to be a human rights advocate who spends a considerable amount of his time on the education side of human rights advocacy. Lately we’ve been spending a lot of our time educating the public on propaganda warfare, and the value it holds as an indispensable tool in the arsenal of oppressive governments, in their prosecution of material warfare. Your article provides an excellent example of this!
I will not presume to lecture you, or your staff, on the deficiencies in your arguments regarding the issue at hand; for I feel certain that you already know what the truth is – but for whatever the reason the editorial department of The Chicago Tribune has decided to take another course. (History has shown that your paper will not be alone among the mainstream press.)
I will simply raise a question as food for thought, Mr. McNulty: Has the Tribune given serious deliberation to the short and long-term consequences of such maliciously skewed propaganda?
The French philosopher Voltaire once opined, “Those who can make us believe absurdities, can also cause us to commit atrocities.” An atrocity of gargantuan proportions is being perpetrated right now - by a rogue, brutal, and racist government called Israel – aided an abetted by organizations like the Tribune. (With editorials like that of July 13, the Tribune should have to register with the State Department as an agent of a foreign government.)
The public is much better served when media organizations like yours reflect the higher standards enshrined in the Journalist’s Creed, authored by Walter Williams (considered the “Dean” of American Journalism). Are you familiar with it, Mr. McNulty? An excerpt reads as follows:
“I believe that the journalism which succeeds best – and best deserves success – fears God and honors man; is stoutly independent, unmoved by pride of opinion or greed of power; constructive, tolerant but never careless; self-controlled, patient, always respectful of its readers but always unafraid; is quickly indignant at injustice; is unswayed by the appeal of privilege or the clamor of the mob; seeks to give every man a chance, and , as far as law and honest wage and recognition of human brotherhood can make it so, an equal chance; is profoundly patriotic while sincerely promoting international good will and cementing world comradeship; is a journalism of humanity, of and for today’s world.”
Isn’t this the type of journalism worth striving for, Mr. McNulty?
In conclusion, I’d like to turn your attention to an excerpt from President George Washington’s Farewell Address to the Union:
“A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils, because it leads to concessions to the favorite nation of privileges denied to others; which is apt doubly to injure the nation making the concession, both by unnecessarily parting with what ought to have been retained, and by exciting jealousy, ill will and a disposition to retaliate in the parties from whom equal privileges are withheld. It gives to ambitious, corrupted, or deluded citizens (who devote themselves to the favorite nation) the facility to betray or sacrifice the interest of their own country without odium, sometimes even with popularity. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while it tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests.”
This cautionary note from the “Father” of America, has a prophetic ring to it, doesn’t it Mr. McNulty.
Yours in the struggle for peace thru justice,
Director of Operations
The Peace And Justice Foundation
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