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Meg Greenfield

Columnist, frequent contributor to Newsweek Magazine and The Washington Post

Out There -- wherever that is -- people may be smiling and humming . . . but the world according to journalism is, on the contrary, a surpassingly bleak place. A Martian reading about it might in fact suppose America to be composed entirely of abused minorities living in squalid and sadistically-run state mental hospitals, except for a small elite of venal businessmen and county commissioners who are profiting from the unfortunates' misery.

1990 - quoted in The Media Elite (1990) by Lichter, Rothman, and Lichter
There's nothing so dangerous for manipulators as people who think for themselves.

Everybody's for democracy in principle. It's only in practice that the thing gives rise to stiff objections.

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.