Newspapers

November 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Quotes) ()

“Running a newspaper is not a job. It’s a responsibility. Some books may have told you that newspapers reflect popular opinion. They are wrong. Newspapers mold public opinion…. Newspapers comprise the greatest single force in the world today. They can hurt, heal, kill, crucify, resurrect; at will. They can start wars, and have, and will continue to do so; as easily, they can stop them. They can make gods of humble men, and cause the world to worship these gods. Or, if it is their desire, they can destroy the gods and make new ones. Nothing is beyond the median effect of newspapers … they are the true teachers, priests, judges and executioners of this age. They tell us whom to hate and whom to love, they tell us how to dress, how to eat, how to sleep, and, most important, how to think. They speak and their voices are heard. And they are obeyed.”

–Charles Beaumont, The Intruder

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