„The failure of a free press in most countries is usually blamed on the readers. Every nation gets the government—and the press—it deserves. This is too facile a remark. The people deserve better in most governments and press. Readers, in millions of cases, have no way of finding out whether their newspapers are fair or not, honest or distorted, truthful or colored....“

—  George Seldes, Lords of the Press (1938) Incorporates the famous observation of Joseph de Maistre that "every nation gets the government it deserves."
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American journalist 1890 - 1995
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