Previous | Next
601602603604605606607608609610611612613614615616617618619620621622623624625626627628629630631632633634635636637638639640641642643644645 of 824
society, an imperfect system but we have always made a major
effort--not always, but most of the time--we've made a major effort
to improve it according to our lights, obviously. And that you
should use every tool that you have available to improve society. No
one person can improve all of society, except dictators. In our
system it's up to each individual to do his little part and to try to
get as many individuals as possible doing their part.
Do you think that the responsibility of a media corporation is
greater, or different from any other corporation's responsibility in
Oh, it's greater, but it's more complicated. If
you're making steel springs you've got to worry about making good
steel springs, and employees and other things that would be true of a
media group too. But if you're in the journalism business you have
to deal with every form of steel spring and every form of everything
else, every week of the year. You have to recognize that what people
know about every subject is in good part the result of your efforts.
Therefore you have to be reasonably well qualified, show good
judgment, be, quote, fair, whatever that is. But that's important.
You have to open up new aspects of the world to the reader.
I.e. educate the reader? Is that true?
Inevitably educate the reader. You don't want to
think of it too much as educating the reader because then you end up
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help