‘ One of the key insights that Albert Einstein used to develop his theory of relativity was that light within a vacuum always moves at the same speed. The particles of light, photons, therefore move at the speed of light. This is the only speed at which photons move. (Note: Photons do change speed when they pass through different materials. This is how refraction occurs. It’s the photon’s absolute speed in a vacuum that cannot change.)’ ThoughtCo.
Light travels at a 186,282 miles per second.
Our perception of our surroundings is controlled by light.
Of late it has become popular to denigrate and make fun of our free press.
‘Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved.’ Benjamin Franklin
‘The liberty of the press is essential to the security of the state.’ John Adams
‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’ Thomas Jefferson
‘In galvanizing public support for the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson uses the orchestrated Gulf of Tonkin Resolution through Congress just three days later. Stone is the first reporter to question the credibility of the government’s account, and he criticizes the mainstream press, omissions, lack of curiosity and susceptibility to official propaganda in reporting on the event.’ investigating power.org
‘ Isidor Feinstein Stone (December 24, 1907 – June 18, 1989), better known as I.F.Stone, was a politically radical American investigative journalist and writer.’ Wikipedia
The other night I saw the most interesting documentary regarding I.F. Stone and his contribution to investigative journalism.
‘ He is best remembered for the newsletter, I.F. Stone’s Weekly (1953-71), which was ranked in the sixteenth place among ‘The Top 100 Works of Journalism in the United States in the 20th Century’ by New York University’s journalism department in 1999, and in second place among print journalism publications.’ Wikipedia
‘The journalistic professionalism and integrity of I.F. Stone derived from his intellectual willingness to scour and devour public documents, to bury himself in The Congressional Record, to study the transcripts of obscure congressional committee hearings, debates, weekly newsletter-such as contradictions in the line of official policy, examples of bureaucratic mendacity and political obscurantism. Stone especially sought evidence of the U.S. government’s legalistic incursions against the civil liberties and the civil and political rights of American citizens.’ Wikipedia
Stone, was dedicated to doing the hard and painstaking work that was required to be a true investigative journalist.
At times, reporters, who are assigned a Beat…such as the Pentagon or the Capitol, take on the speech patterns and much of the beliefs of the agency that they are covering.
Often reporters are reluctant to share everything that they see and everything that they hear…because of being afraid that they will be ‘shut out’ of further reporting opportunities or due to have been subtly co-opted into the company mindset of the organization that they are charged with reporting on accurately.
You may recall Michael Hastings, June 22, 2010 article for Rolling Stone, where he accurately described some disparaging utterances, made by General Stanley McChrystal who was the head of military operations in Afghanistan, in private in a hotel room in Paris, France, before a speech the General was to make.
The opening for the article by Mr. Hastings was: ‘Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: ‘The wimps in the White House.’ The New York Times
Light is vital to our navigation of our world and our appreciation of it.
Real investigative journalism is vital to our continued viability as a free and thriving Country.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s dogged persistence in discovering the truth of Watergate was beautiful to behold and a bulwark against the powers of dictatorship and reliance on a Strongman to solve our problems.
Nazism and Fascism…we thought were relegated to the dust bin of history…but they are not.
A free people must have those who will take the time and be unafraid of the ramifications of telling the truth…no matter where the light shines.