Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

November 6, 2006

Wendell Phillips on the Paris Commune

Filed under: media — louisproyect @ 3:37 pm

While looking for incriminating evidence of bias on the Paris Commune in the NY Times archives for the year 1871, I came across the occasional exception to the rule, including statements from Karl Marx’s First International. The one that really floored me, however, was this commentary on an article in the National Standard by Wendell Phillips the erstwhile abolitionist. It starts:

“Today every letter-writer [ie., correspondent] from Europe caters to the worst prejudice by lying about the Commune. Who are the letter writers? Nine out of ten of them instinctively know what will please their employers. They are sure to find what they were sent to seek.”

In other words, the bourgeois media was doing the same thing in 1871 that it does today. Oh well. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

You can read the commentary on Phillips’s article here. Just make sure to scroll down to read the beginning of the article, which begins beneath the continuation for some odd reason.

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