Carl Bernstein

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    For the first time, the weird and the stupid and the coarse are becoming our cultural norms, even our cultural ideal.
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    All institutions have lapses, even great ones, especially by individual rogue employees - famously in recent years at 'The Washington Post,' 'The New York Times,' and the three original TV networks.
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    Even at the end of a presidential election campaign, we have no way to know what Mitt Romney really believes.
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    If you are a great news organization, you can't have the best obtainable version of the truth if your vision and your scale is reduced to a fraction of its former self.
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    In the John Paul II days, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had the advantage of staying in his cupboard - the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - exchanging views only with the Pope, and speaking publicly only through carefully written missives on doctrinal issues.
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    Increasingly, the picture of our society as rendered in our media is illusionary and delusionary: disfigured, unreal, out of touch with reality, disconnected from the true context of our life. It is disfigured by celebrity, by celebrity worship, by gossip, by sensationalism, by denial of our societies.
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    John Paul was the first modern pope to grow up in a secular culture: He attended public schools, danced with girls - indeed, as a teenager he had a crush on a beautiful Jewish girl who fled his hometown just ahead of the arrival of the Germans.
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    Public policy in the twentieth century was about protecting and expanding the social compact, based on recognition that effective government at the federal level provides rules and services and safety measures that contribute to a better society.
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    Radical thought has inspired many of the great political and social reform movements in American history, from ending slavery to establishing the minimum wage.
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    The American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, it has often been argued, were fueled by the most radical of all American political ideas.
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    The Congress is a dysfunctional institution; it's broken. One of our three branches of government is broken.
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    The failures of the press have contributed immensely to the emergence of a talk-show nation, in which public discourse is reduced to ranting and raving and posturing. We now have a mainstream press whose news agenda is increasingly influenced by this netherworld.
    Source: An A-Z of cultural terms, The Guardian (1992)
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    The great thing about Watergate is, is that the system worked. The American system worked. The press did its job. We did what we were supposed to do.
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    The greatest felony in the news business today is to be behind, or to miss a big story. So speed and quantity substitute for thoroughness and quality, for accuracy and context.
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    The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism.
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