Liberty and the News

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 b

  • Title: Liberty and the News
  • Author: Walter Lippmann
  • ISBN: 9780691134802
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 interplLiberty 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 interplay of facts and ideas In response, Lippman sought to imagine a better way of cultivating the news.A brilliant essay on a persistent problem of American democracy, Liberty and the News is still powerfully relevant despite the development of countless news sources unimagined when Lippman first published it in 1920 The problems he identifies the self importance of the press, the corrosion of rumors and innuendo, and the spinning of the news by political powers are still with us, and they still threaten liberty By focusing on the direct and necessary connection between liberty and truth, Lippmann s work helps to clarify one of the most pressing predicaments of American democracy today.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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.

    4. This is Lippman's masterpiece on Freedom of Press and Liberty issues surrounding news industry. Never ever gets old.

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