Friday, July 29, 2011

About the Mendacity of the Press Then [and now] from Zola

Another quote - much shorter - from The Lacuna.

"But newspapers have a duty to truth," Van said.
Lev clucked his tongue.  "They tell the truth only as the exception.  Zola wrote that the mendacity of the press could be divided into two groups:  the yellow press lies every day without hesitating.  But others, like the Times, speak the truth on all inconsequential occasions, so they can deceive the public with the requisite authority when it becomes necessary."  

[Pre-posted in advance.We should be out of contact when this goes up.]

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