"The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie -- a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days -- but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please."
Hannah Arendt
(1906-1975) German-American political theorist, escaped Nazi Germany
'Hannah Arendt: From an Interview' Comments made in 1974 during an interview with the French writer Roger Errera and published in October 26, 1978 issue of The NewYork Review of Books Interview.
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In the absence of Virtue, there can be no right convictions. In the absence of right convictions, there can be no moral authority. In the absence of moral authority, the capacity born of courage to freely communicate the Truth cannot abide.

Declensions of journalistic practice and of press freedom are inevitable concomitants of the effects that the general declension of private and public virtue has on a civilization.
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Indeed! Well said, Patrick Henry!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I agree to a point....that point being that today we are diseased with a "press" rabidly devoted to a socialist, globalist agenda. They cannot be trusted with truth as truth to them is whatever they deem it to be. Once upon a time in a place far away and long ago, the press objectively reported the foibles and folly's of BOTH sides. They also didn't blatantly sit in one candidates camp or another. That's no longer the case.
     -- Denise, Durango     
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    dittos - Patrik Henry, AND, by the way - welcome to Amerika.
     -- Mike, NORWALK     
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