Sunday, June 22, 2008

" A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or for that matter, in the New York Times or the Washington Post or Wall Street Journal...indeed, it is a handful of us with this awesome power...and those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control"

- Walter Cronkite, CBS evening news host circa late 1950's up to 1981...and the "most trusted man in America..." His 1968 on- air pronouncement of doubt over our involvement in Vietnam helped mobilize support for peace and was instrumental in ending the war.

"Those who manipulate the organized habits and opinions of the masses constitute an invisible government which is the ruling power in our country"
-Edward Bernays, assistant to William Paley, founder of CBS


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