Friday, April 27, 2012

Is Walter Lippmann really the "Father of Modern Journalism"?

Before I can say much more about Lippmann, I've made this statement in the past and now I'd like to establish it as something fairly reputable.

Drucker Gives Lippmann Run As Most Influential Journalist

But in his time--from the eve of World War I until the height of the Vietnam War--Lippmann was, as Steel says, "without doubt, the nation's greatest journalist," the confidant of presidents, the writer of books. And when he retired from writing his column in 1967, "it was as if an institution ceased to exist."

This one I found to be particularly relevant, considering that 'Foreign Affairs' is the mouthpiece for the Council on Foreign Relations, which was founded by Woodrow Wilson's right hand man, Edward House, and Lippmann himself. That explains why it's so puffy.

Walter Lippmann and the American Century

To James Thurber, in a 1943 New Yorker cartoon, Walter Lippmann was the object of respectful humor: a wife looks up from a newspaper and tells her husband, "Lippmann scares me this morning." To Judge Learned Hand, Colonel House, and five hundred guests at a testimonial dinner in 1931, he was, in the words of Time magazine, "their Moses, their prophet of Liberalism." To Dean Acheson, writing his memoirs, he was "that ambivalent Jeremiah." To Woodrow Wilson, for whom Lippmann prepared several of the famous Fourteen Points, his judgment was "most unsound"; to Lyndon Johnson, it was ultimately far worse than that. The one inescapable conclusion to be drawn from his six decades as a public correspondent is that Lippmann was America's, and perhaps the world's, most influential journalist.

Eli Pariser, board member of and author of the book "The Filter Bubble" openly calls Lippmann "The Father of Modern Journalism". These pages aren't numbered for whatever reason, so if anybody needs to reference this, it's on the second page of chapter 2 - "The User is the Content". Paragraph 8.

Nancy Snow also openly calls Lippmann "The Father of Modern Journalism" on page 31. Snow, who is a frequent contributor on The Huffington Post.

Nieman Foundation > About the Foundation : History > Walter Lippmann House

Lippmann, Harvard Class of 1910, was one of the most influential journalists of his time and served on Harvard’s Board of Overseers.

I figured I'd save this one for last, considering that Sidney Blumenthal wrote at the rag that Lippmann founded - The New Republic.

Walter Lippmann and American journalism today

Walter Lippmann (1889-1974) was the most influential American journalist of the 20th century.

And there you have it. The Father of Modern Journalism, the most influential journalist of the 20th century. Walter Lippmann. According to today's progressives. I won't argue.

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