An Irresponsible Press

“The press is so powerful in its image-making role, it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Malcolm X

Source: Malcolm X, Speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem (December 13, 1964), later published in Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements (1965), Pg. 93.

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