The Press: The Press as a Minefield

"To perform its duties with entire independence," said the London Times in 1852, "the press can enter into no close or binding alliances with the statesmen of the day. The duty of the journalist is the same as that of the historian—to seek out the truth, above all things, and to present to his readers not such things as statecraft would wish them to know but the truth as near as he can attain it." While U.S. and British newspapers today have more readers than ever in history, many observers on both sides of...

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