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, Walter 1889–1974.


American journalist. He cofounded (1914) the weekly New Republic and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1958 and 1962.

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Writer and editor, born in New York City, New York, USA. He was perhaps the most influential political commentator of his time, sought after by world leaders and followed by millions of loyal readers. After graduating from Harvard (1910), where he studied philosophy, political science, and economics, and was influenced by George Santayana, Lippmann assisted Lincoln Steffens in ‘muckraking’ research and briefly served as aide to a Socialist mayor. His first book, A Preface to Politics (1913), led Herbert Croley to recruit him (1914) as an editor for the influential New Republic. During World War 1, he collaborated in research for a post-war peace conference, in which he later participated. In 1921 he joined the New York World, becoming editorial page editor (1923–9) and editor (1929–31). Meanwhile, in Public Opinion (1922), he analyzed opinion formation and questioned the public’s ability to evaluate complex issues, and in...    Continue Reading
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