Breaking Truth: Journalists Are The New Artists.


Posted on August 28, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-27This short post is more about providing encouragement and inspiration than anything else. Not too many years ago journalists who spoke the truth were few and difficult to find. Most men and women used to receive virtually all their news from the corporate, mainstream media; however, since the rise of the internet, a dramatic – historic, actually – change in media has occurred.

The internet has become the most powerful tool in history for people the world over to express their true thoughts, views, and opinions, and that tool grows stronger every day. It wasn’t that long ago when university students interested in broadening their horizons and learning about what was happening around the world would have to resort to special ordering books at the university library. In a brief amount of time, that has become an action which has gone extinct; now, not only university students but every living human being on Earth with access to a computer has a “universal library” at their fingertips.

Those reading this who’ve had access to the internet for many years understand just how enormous the shift has been. For those who’ve only discovered the internet in the last couple of years, the sense of enormity is just the same although perhaps not as intense as those who’ve seen the entire growth process. Whether an internet veteran starting from the beginning or one who’s come along midstream, the internet’s effects and phenomena have been nothing short of breath-taking.

Whereas before journalists who spoke, wrote, and reported the truth about world events and circumstances were very rare and corporate shills dominated the media landscape, now those who speak truth have come very near to the point of completely reversing that reality. The corporate, mainstream news shills are now watched by fewer and fewer of the world’s people, and they are the rare ones. Abby Martin points out the example of corporate news organizations’ maddeningly endless reports on the lost airliner MH370 as proof of that media’s desperation to restore viewership.

In the following video interview with Mint Press News founder Ms. Mnar Muhawesh, Abby Martin of RT’s “Breaking the Set” talks about her type of journalism and how “if you want transparency, you have to be transparent”. Although not a religious viewer of “Breaking the Set”, her style fully encompasses the significant changes in media of presentation of facts without “spin”. Many reading this have probably felt for many years that reporting the news should ideally mean reporting the complete truth, but that stockholders’ profits, interlocking corporate boards of directors, advertising revenue, and owners’ dictates always trump when making editorial decisions – what gets, and what doesn’t get, reported.

So, men and women around the Earth can take great encouragement and inspiration from knowing truth is on the march. Thanks to Abby Martin, Mnar Muhawesh, and millions of men and women who’ve started small as “citizen journalists” and grown to become strong voices of truth, humanity has greatly increased its sense of unity, coöperation, justice, peace, and real democracy. Ms. Martin makes a great point when referring to journalists’ decision to work either from a “non-biased” or advocacy style. She says to those who argue for the non-advocacy option that “we don’t have time”.

One could credibly assert that journalists who speak and convey the truth on events of importance are essentially more artists now than reporters. Because artists can change the world.

“The great artist is the simplifier”.

– Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher

Nobel Prize Speech (1957)

“In all circumstances of his life, the writer can recapture the feelings of a living community that will justify him. But only if he accepts as completely as possible the two trusts that constitute the nobility of his calling: the service of truth and the service of freedom”.

“True artists scorn nothing”.

– Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist

“The artist appeals to the part of our being which is not dependent on wisdom; to that in us which is a gift and not an acquisition – and therefore, more permanently enduring. He/she speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty and pain…

… art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its every aspect”.

– Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) Polish born British writer

“It is impossible for a creative artist to be either a Puritan or a Fascist, because both are a negation of the creative urge. The only things the creative artist can be opposed to are ugliness and injustice”.

– Liam O’Flaherty (1897-  ) Irish novelist

“The fundamental purpose of the artist is the same as that of the scientist: to state a fact”.

– Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968) British writer

“For a country to have a great writer is like having a second government. That is why no regime has ever loved great writers, only minor ones”.

– Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian writer, Nobel Prize 1970


(Thank you to MintPressNews at YouTube)


5 thoughts on “Breaking Truth: Journalists Are The New Artists.

  1. I really love the collection of quotes you’ve put together, especially the Camus and Conrad selections. I am also fond of this quote by Jung:

    “Art is a kind of innate drive that seizes a human being and makes her its instrument. The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks her own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through her.”

    If your intention was to encourage and inspire, mission accomplished!


    1. Amanda,
      Nice to meet you and thank you for the comment. The Jung quote about artists has a parallel to medicine persons who heal others. One medicine man said that when he heals a person he’s like a “hollow bone” through which the Great Spirit actually does the healing. Artists are very much the same when their creative work comes from “somewhere else” and soars above any ego-driven artistic effort. The overcoming or destroying of the ego is a fundamental aspect of most spiritual traditions, so it seems clear that eliminating any influence of the ego is the prerequisite for having any chance of accomplishing extraordinarily good things. Easier said than done!
      Thanks again, stop by any time if interested in marathon discussion, and glad you found encouragement. 🙂


      1. Hi Jerry,

        Thanks so much for your thoughtful reply. I love the imagery/spirit invoked by the phrase “hollow bone.” It reminds me so much of Sufi poetry, becoming the flute, even brings up memories of learning about the incredible traditional process of creating didgeridoos in Australia. Ah, the vessel, yes, for art, healing, the creative energies, the music of the divine! It is a bliss beyond bliss when this moment of hollowing occurs!

        Also finding much synchronicity here as my mentor just recently lent me her copy of “The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine,” written by cultural anthropologist Barbara Tedlock. The book reveals the long-hidden female roots of many Shamanic traditions and I am thrilled to begin reading it.

        May we all free ourselves to channel Love and Creation…

        Peace, Peacemaker,


        1. Amanda,
          It wouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that centuries ago all people were Shamans or enlightened (whatever that means, right? 🙂 ). Probably up until the printing press, telephone, television, computers etc where people started paying more attention to externals than internals. The world certainly suffers from no surplus of love. The post of letters between Gandhi and Tolstoy in 1910, if you haven’t read it, hold some very profound writings by Tolstoy shortly before he passed at 82 years. Highly recommend copying and keeping in one’s personal file (it’s a “keeper”). Gandhi thought Tolstoy’s non-fiction “What Is Art?” was Tolstoy’s masterpiece.
          Thanks, Amanda


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