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Liberty and the News
Liberty and the News is Walter Lippman's classic account of how the press threatens democracy whenever it has an agenda other than the free flow of ideas. Arguing that there is a necessary connection between liberty and truth, Lippman excoriates the press, claiming that it exists primarily for its own purposes and agendas and only incidentally to promote the honest interpl ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published October 21st 2007 by Princeton University Press
(first published 1995)
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studying propaganda led me to reading former white house presidential advisor walter lippmann, since he held propaganda as a derogatory category must by all means and circumstances refuse absolutely. i am thankful for my research on mr lippmann affording me the option to continue to avoiding reading chomsky as the term "manufacturing consent" originates here. my interest in the notion of informed consent as the foundation of democracy, whether or not one believes such an ideal is feasible logist ...more
Walter Lippman's Liberty and the News is a critical book in understanding how the press can endanger our freedom. Lippman contends that there is a strong relationship between our freedom and the truth being reported in the media. The historical context of this book is that Lippman wrote it after the end of World War I. Lippman condemned all the propaganda and the distortions of the truth reported by the media. The book is divided into three essays: Journalism and the Higher Law, What Modern Libe ...more
Quite relevant for looking at our media today, even though Lippmann wrote it almost a hundred years ago. He points to the media's inclination to be a lapdog to vested and powerful interests, and he mourns the absence of independent, non-ideological journalism.
Walter Lippmann was an American intellectual, writer, reporter, and political commentator who gained notoriety for being among the first to introduce the concept of Cold War. Lippmann was twice awarded (1958 and 1962) a Pulitzer Prize for his syndicated newspaper column, "Today and Tomorrow."More about Walter Lippmann...