Liberty and the News

Liberty and the News

by Walter Lippmann

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This little gem of a book, which first appeared in 1920, was written in Walter Lippmann's thirtieth year. He was still full of the passionate faith in democracy that was evident in his writings before the First World War.  From today's point of view, Lippmann's argument seems unusually prescient. He was troubled by distortions in newspaper journalism, but was also deeply aware of the need to protect a free press. Lippmann believed that toleration of alternative beliefs was essential to maintaining the vitality of democracy. Liberty and the News is a key transitional work in the corpus of Lippmann's writings. For it is here that he proposes that public opinion is largely a response not to truths but rather to a "pseudo-environment" which exists between people and the external world. Lippmann was worried that if the beliefs that get exchanged between people are hollow, and bear only a purely accidental relationship to the world as it truly is, then the entire case for democracy is in danger of having been built on sand. His concerns remain very much alive and important.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351289061
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 92
File size: 294 KB

About the Author

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was a prominent American essayist and editor. His many books include A Preface to Politics, Public Opinion, A Preface to Morals, and The Good Society. Ronald Steel is professor of international relations and history at the University of Southern California. He is author of Walter Lippman and the American Century. Sidney Blumenthal, former adviser to President Bill Clinton, is the author of How Bush Rules (Princeton) and a regular columnist for the Guardian and

Table of Contents

General Editor's Introduction vii

Foreword by Ronald Steel xi

Chapter 1: Journalism and the Higher Law 1

Chapter 2: What Modern Liberty Means 11

Chapter 3: Liberty and the News 41

Afterword by Sidney Blumenthal 63

Index 89

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formating of this copy of Lippman's book is terrible. There are errant characters and punctuation and misplaced whitespace. Significant portions of the text may be missing.