Commentary

Hilaire Belloc and Newspaper Censorship

By Karen Malec
December 30, 2003

During the last year, both the New York Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune published editorials opposing the efforts of public health agencies to educate the public about a public health risk, the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. [1,2] The editors at the first newspaper were displeased that the National Cancer Institute briefly informed the public late last year about the existence of research implicating their cherished sacrament - induced abortion - as a risk factor for breast cancer. In the case of the second newspaper, the editors feel aggrieved about similar efforts on the part of the Minnesota Public Health Department. Neither newspaper has informed its readers that five medical organizations recognize abortion as one of the causes of breast cancer.

Although it is relevant to the issue at hand, neither newspaper has since informed its readers that the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons issued a statement early in November calling for "full disclosure" of a "highly plausible" relationship. Readers weren't told that the Catholic Medical Association passed a resolution on October 15 calling on the states to pass legislation, which would require doctors to inform patients about the research, and that the nation's first settlement of an abortion-breast cancer malpractice lawsuit took place on October 17, 2003.

It’s predictable that many doctors and their medical groups will be exceptionally biased against the ABC research. Why? Many have either performed abortions or referred women to abortion doctors. Doctors feel an inherent revulsion toward medical malpractice lawsuits. Acknowledgement of the ABC link will only open the floodgates to more lawsuits. True to their own interests, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Minnesota chapter of the American Medical Association (AMA) have reportedly taken stands against informing Minnesota women about the breast cancer risk. [3] The AMA is on record as having put its financial interests ahead of patients’ interests. In 1964, the group accepted $10 million from the tobacco industry and then opposed efforts to pass legislation in Congress requiring warning labels on cigarette packages.

A recent column in the news weekly, The Wanderer, provides a second possible explanation for the suppression of the truth. In the column, "From the Mail," an anonymous author reflected upon the words of a 20th Century writer, Hilaire Belloc. [4] In his book, The Free Press, Belloc discussed the rise of small, non-corporate sponsored, weekly newspapers. He labeled them the "free press" and compared them with the "official press" - the large daily newspapers, whose views generally represent the objectives and morals of the ruling class.

Belloc elaborated on the success of the newsweeklies in his publication, He said:

"Here is a force numerically quite small, lacking the one great obvious power of our time (which is the power to bribe), rigidly boycotted - so much so that it is hardly known outside the circle of its immediate adherents and quite unknown abroad. Yet this force is doing work - is creating at a moment when everything else is marking time; and the work it is doing is growing more and more apparent.

"The reason is, of course, the principle which was a common-place with antiquity, though it was almost forgotten in the last modern generation, that truth has a power of its own. Mere indignation against organized falsehood, mere revolt against it, is creative."

Belloc drew a distinction between hard news and suggested ideas. He argued:

"These two things are quite distinct in character and should be regarded separately, though they merge in this: that false ideas are suggested by false news and especially news that is false through suppression."

The Wanderer's columnist said this about Belloc: "In his view, the 'Free Press,' however, born in rebellion to the 'Official Press' which usually serves the interests of the governing classes, was growing in credibility for exposing the 'incapacity and falsehood' of many large newspapers."

Belloc further opined, "The Capitalist Press has come at last to warp all judgment. The tiny oligarchy which controls it is irresponsible and feels itself immune. It has come to believe that it can suppress any truth and suggest any falsehood. It governs, and it governs abominably: and it is governing thus in the midst of a war for life."

Belloc's concepts might explain why the nation's medical, scientific, political and journalistic elite has concealed the truth about the ABC research for almost a half-century. The suppression of the truth serves the interests of Fortune 500 corporations and the wealthiest members of society who fund population control efforts. Included among Planned Parenthood's long list of wealthy donors are the New York Times, George Soros, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and the Rockefellers. They aggressively fund causes which limit the size of families, even though increased childbearing starting before age 24 is the single most effective measure a woman can take in the fight against breast cancer.

The New York Times and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune do an exceptional job of serving the interests of the wealthy.


References:
1. "Abortion and Breast Cancer," Editorial, New York Times, January 6, 2003.
2. "Science: The Public Deserves it Straight," Editorial, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, October 13, 2003.
3. "Group Disputes Abortion, Cancer Language," Associated Press, December 19, 2003. 4. "It Governs Abominably," Column entitled: From the Mail, The Wanderer, December 4, 2003, p. 11.

Karen Malec, President, Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer,
www.AbortionBreastCancer.com

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women's organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

 

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