C. S. Lewis on Ubiquitous Media Bias & Incompetence

C. S. Lewis on Ubiquitous Media Bias & Incompetence October 22, 2019

. . . Some Things Never Change . . . 

From: The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Vol. II: Books, Broadcasts, and the War, 1931-1949, edited by Walter Hooper, HarperSanFrancisco, 2004:

I have said again and again that what we very badly need is a new, frankly high-brow, periodical not in the hands of the Left. . . . In almost all existing periodicals one knows in advance how a certain book will be reviewed: the personal and political bias is no longer even disguised. This is what must be avoided. (1-9-47, p. 757)

Yes, the Time article [cover story on him] was ghastly: but I suppose no one of sense believes such things. I wouldn’t hang a dog on a journalist’s evidence myself. 4-8-48, p. 849)

From: The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Vol. III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963, edited by Walter Hooper, HarperSanFrancisco, 2007:

As to MacArthur, I don’t feel in a position to have clear opinions about anyone I know only from newspapers. You see, whenever they deal with anyone (or anything) I know myself, I find they’re always a mass of lies & misunderstandings: so I conclude they’re no better in the places where I don’t know. (4-30-51, p. 114)

But don’t send me any newspaper cuttings. I never believe a word said in the papers. The real history of a period (as we always discover a few years later) has very little to do with all that, and private people like you and me are never allowed to know it while it is going on. (11-17-52, p. 252)

I never read the papers. Why does anyone? They’re nearly all lies, and one has to wade thru’ such reams of verbiage and ‘write up’ to find out even what they’re saying. (10-26-55, p. 667)

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