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Walter Lippmann (1889 – 1974)


Influential United States writer, journalist, and political commentator.
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Walter Lippmann
In the end, advertising rests upon the fact that consumers are a fickle and .superstitious mob, incapable of any real judgment as to what it wants or how it is to .get what it thinks it likes.
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The newspaper is in all its literalness the bible of democracy, the book out of which a people determines its conduct.
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It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.




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The facts we see depend on where we are placed and the habits of our eyes.
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A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society. Without criticism and reliable and intelligent reporting, the government cannot govern. For there is no adequate way in which it can keep itself informed about what the people of the country are thinking and doing and wanting.
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The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
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When everyone thinks the same, nobody is thinking.
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Industry is a better horse to ride than genius.
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The press does not tell us what to think, it tells us what to think about.
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The principles of the good society call for a concern with an order of being--which cannot be proved existentially to the sense organs--where it matters supremely that the human person is inviolable, that reason shall regulate the will, that truth shall prevail over error.
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The central drama of our age is how the Western nations and the Asian peoples are to find a tolerable basis of co-existence.




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There can be no liberty for a community which lacks the means to detect lies.
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The news and the truth are not the same thing.
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It does not matter whether the right to govern is hereditary or obtained with the consent of the governed. A State is absolute in the sense which I have in mind when it claims the right to a monopoly of all the force within the community, to make war, to make peace, to conscript life, to tax, to establish and dis-establish property, to define crime, to punish disobedience, to control education, to supervise the family, to regulate personal habits, and to censor opinions. The modern State claims all of these powers, and, in the matter of theory, there is no real difference in the size of the claim between communists, fascists, and democrats.
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If the estimate of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs is correct, then Russia has lost the cold war in western Europe.
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A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.
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So far as I am concerned I have no doctrinaire belief in free speech. In the interest of the war it is necessary to sacrifice some of it.
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