Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 - December 14, 1974), was an American journalist and commentator. Lippmann was highly respected in his day.
Lippmann began attending Harvard University at the age of 17 and under George Santayana, William James, and Graham Wallas. He concentrated on philosophy and languages, spoke German and French, and graduated in three years.
Lippmann was one of the founding editors of The New Republic magazine in 1913. Lippmann was an advisor to President Woodrow Wilson during World War I, and assisted in the drafting of Wilson's Fourteen Points.
Lippmann had wide access to the nation's decision makers and had no sympathy for communism. But the Golos spy ring used Mary Price, his secretary, to garner information on items Lippmann chose not to write about or names of Lippmann's sources, often not carried in stories, but of use to the MGB.
Lippman was a treasured figure of secular and humanist liberals, but if they were more consistent thinkers then they would have had reservations towards him because of his advocacy of Judao-Christian Natural Law. For example, Noam Chomsky admired Lippmann's concept and phrase "manufacture of consent" and so titled his 1986 pamphlet. Shortly thereafter in 1988 Chomsky co-wrote and published Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media with fellow liberal Edward S. Herman.
- Religion, Politics, and the Higher Learning, Morton White, Harvard University Press, 1959 p.112
- Chomsky on democracy & education, Noam Chomsky, Routledge, 2003, ISBN 0415926319, 9780415926317, 480 pages, p.397
- The Manufacture of Consent, Noam Chomsky, Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, University of Minnesota, 1986