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Power of a Journalist

May 21, 2009

Excerpt from a speech of the 26th President of the US, Theodore Roosevelt.


Actually I found this while reading comments of the Big B’s blog.


————The power of the journalist is great, but he is entitled neither to respect nor admiration because of that power unless it is used aright. He can do, and often does, great good. He can do, and he often does, infinite mischief. All journalists, all writers, for the very reason that they appreciate the vast possibilities of their profession, should bear testimony against those who deeply discredit it. Offenses against taste and morals, which are bad enough in a private citizen, are infinitely worse if made into instruments for debauching the community through a newspaper. Mendacity, slander, sensationalism, inanity, vapid triviality, all are potent factors for the debauchery of the public mind and conscience. The excuse advanced for vicious writing, that the public demands it and that demand must be supplied, can no more be admitted than if it were advanced by purveyors of food who sell poisonous adulterations.———-

2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2009 12:09 PM

    a unique observation i must say…

  2. June 24, 2009 12:25 AM

    Roosevelt’s comments may have been fuelled by his living at the time of the yellow journalism of the WR Hearst journalistic empire.

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