The Press: The Unhappy Time

After 20 years of syndicated punditing, Columnist Walter Lippmann last week let readers in on a handy trick of his trade. "No one can have been writing for newspapers for a long time," he wrote, "without being fully aware of how much safer it is to prophesy disaster than to venture to express a hope. It is safe to be gloomy. If one prophesies disaster and it happens, one has been a true prophet. And if it does not happen, one is readily forgiven and may even suggest that but for the warning the disaster would have happened."

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