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March 12, 2009

'News is what somebody somewhere is trying to suppress. The rest is advertising.' — Lord Northcliffe

The newspaper baron — publisher of, among many other newspapers and periodicals, the London Daily Mail, which held the world record for daily circulation until his death in 1922 — spoke from many years of up-close-and-personal experience.

He turned down an appointment in Lloyd George's cabinet in 1916 and instead was made Director of Propoganda for the U.K.

According to Wikipedia, "Such was Northcliffe's influence on propaganda over the Germans in World War I, German battleships were sent to shell his house in an attempt to assassinate him. His former residence still bears a shell hole out of respect for his gardener's wife, who was killed in the attack."

There may be some who think Lord Northcliffe was far too harsh — but I'm not among them.

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