Edward R. Murrow (1947), Source CBS Radio (PD as published in US 1923-1977 without copyright notice)
“American traditions and the American ethic require us to be truthful, but the most important reason is that truth is the best propaganda and lies are the worst. To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful. It is as simple as that.”
-Journalist, Edward R. Murrow, testifying before a Congressional Committee (May 1963)
The renowned journalist, Edward R. Murrow, said that about his profession a half century ago. But it no longer seems to apply. The line between fact and opinion, truth and falsehood, in journalism and government has been blurred to such an extent that we can no longer distinguish one from the other.
The consequences for our democracy will be dire.
Americans may prefer to believe what…
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