An intereresting quote from Pulitizer in the 1890's:
Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together," Pulitzer wrote. "An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations."
A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself."
How prophetic is that!!! Look at how base our culture has become and how ignorant. People form ignorant opinions off of inaccurate and deceptive headlines. Reading is no longer valued. Research to learn the truth takes away time from "American Idol" and "Desperate Housewives." Americans buy into whatever the media spoon feeds them and remain ignorant on what the media refuses to report. Americans know more about the Simpson's than the contents of the constitution according to that study released this week. And a president who help revive their economy bringing it back from negative growth when he took office to one that grew at 3.7% GNP in the 2005 the same as a the "boomtown" 90s, gave them full employment, record home ownership, record numbers of jobs, protected them from further Al Qaeda assault in their cities for 4 1/2 years, and overthrew two terrorist regimes is reviled by the public largely because of what the media has told them to believe about the man. Pulitizers quote could not have been more dead-on if he had lived to see the times we're living in. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Good post.