Spiro Agnew Quote

“The American people should be made aware of the trend toward monopolization of the great public information vehicles and the concentration of more and more power over public opinion in fewer and fewer hands.”

~ Spiro Agnew

13 November 1969

Ratings and Comments

David L. Rosenthal

Wow! Spiro said that?! No wonder they made him disappear.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Ah, isn't it a plank in the Communist Manifesto that all media and public information go through and be governed by the state?

Mike, Norwalk

David, I'm with you, WOW, Spiro said that?

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Note how King George has put in place policies which allow for the continued concentration of the US's fourth estate of government into the hands of a few who think the same as he...

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

... to say nothing of King George's policy of production of "pseudo-news" for broadcast as if it were something other than pure propaganda lies!

Mike, Mount Holly, NC

I wonder what Agnew was specifically referring to here.

Winston Smith, Oceania

Agnew hasn't a clue what he is talking about. Big Brother only wants to take care of us.

Jack, Green, OH

Remember his "nattering nabobs of negativism" and, "Don't judge us by what we say, judge us by what we do"? I wonder if he'd have suggested that had he known he would end up resigning his office and being found guilty of fraud, tax evasion and bribery.

E Archer, NYC

Just check out Columbia University's 'Who Owns What' in the media:

Stewart, Dallas

Never a more true statement made, and the censorship was tried during Viet Nam!

J. B. Wulff, Bristol, CT

There is great irony here and I love it. I will never forget "nattering nabobs!" Jack of Ohio nails one half of the irony at the very least. The other half is the explosion of talking heads spouting opinion and the near impossibility of finding the truth. The newspapers are in their death throes. Not since Guttenburg's time have we faced this as a "new" issue. The power of the press, i.e. the mechanical device, passed knowledge to the masses. Now we face, for want of a universal term, the power of the cursor! Who will bring truth to the table? Snope's is only part of the answer.

jim k, austin

For all practical purposes, our newspapers are now run by the government.

Waffler, Smith

Sounds like Murdoch and Fox to me! Thanks Jack for reminding us what this blow hard really was. Was it the media that exposed him, that is what he is probably complaining about.

cal, lewisville, tx

What Agnew meant is that the press should use it's freedom to inform the public, not to persuade it!

  • Reply
RBESRQ    8/12/09

What about the trend monopolizing the private information vehicles? and the more and more concentration over private opinion? What ever happened to the Monopolies Commission or what ever it was called. There are tremendous savings and resource to be had with one system but on the other hand if that system is riddled with corruption the opposite happens - look at health care and the new health care reform bill which further lines the pockets of the Pharma and Medical Industry. If we directed some of the resources we plow into the war machine into a Universal Health care system we would have enough resources to provide all Americans with health care - plus there would be funds left for the humanities.


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