Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Joseph Pulitzer: "Indegoddampendent"

Precious: A précis of  Pulitzer's prizes.

The growth of money power in this country has been very fabulous and its connections with and interest in the Government alarming...Let us never have a Government in Washington owing its retention to the power of the millionaires rather than to the will of the millions.

Every issue of the paper presents an opportunity and a duty to say something courageous and true; to rise above the mediocre and conventional; to say something that will command the respect of the intelligent, the educated, the independent part of the community; to rise above fear of partisanship and fear of popular prejudice.

Always fight for progress and reform; never tolerate injustice or corruption; always fight demagogues of all parties; never belong to any party; always oppose privileged classes and public plunder; never lack sympathy for the poor; always remain devoted to the public welfare; never be satisfied with merely printing the news; always be drastically independent; never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.

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