6/18/13

"The power of the Press"

“THERE never was a power so great as the power of the Press. There never was a belief so superstitious as the universal belief in the Press. It may be that future centuries will call these the Dark Ages, and see a vast mystical delusion spreading its black bats’ wings over all our cities.” ~Daily News, 5/28/04.

"WE do not need a censorship of the press. We have a censorship by the press." ~Orthodoxy.


"IT is not we who silence the press. It is the press that silences us. It is not a case of the Commonwealth settling how much the editors shall say; it is a case of the editors settling how much the Commonwealth shall know. If we attack the Press we shall be rebelling, not repressing." ~Illustrated London News, 10/19/07.

"MODERN man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact ... which are native to the newspapers; and if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to the newspapers." ~Illustrated London News, 4/7/23.

"MEN in England are ruled, at this minute by the clock, by brutes who refuse them bread, by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern, and therefore wish to enslave." ~
Utopia of Usurers.

KNOWLEDGE is now a monopoly, and comes through to the citizens in thin and selected streams, exactly as bread might come through to a besieged city. Men must … know what is happening, whoever has the privilege of telling them. They must listen to the messenger, even if he is a liar. They must listen to the liar, even if he is a bore.” ~Utopia of Usurers.

—G.K. Chesterton


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