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When the entire press ‘advances along the same track,’ as Tocqueville put it, the relationship between the press and the energized majority becomes mutually reinforcing. Not only does it become easier for the press to mobilize a majority, but the mobilized majority becomes more powerful and overweening with the press as its ally. This is not a positive cycle, and I think it is fair to say that it puts the press’s role as a breakwater for the tyranny of the majority in jeopardy. The key to restoring the press in that vital role is to cultivate a greater diversity of voices in the media.
William Barr (more quotes by William Barr or books by/about William Barr)
(1950-) US Attorney General
2020 National Religious Broadcasters Convention, 2/26/2020
Media, Press, Religion, Tyranny, Liberty, Totalitarian, Democracy, Power, Coercion, Diversity, Government