We want to believe. Young students try to believe in older
authors, constituents try to believe in their Congressmen,
countries try to believe in their statesmen, but they can't.
Too many voices, too much scattered, illogical, ill-considered
criticism. It's worse in the case of newspapers. Any rich,
unprogressive old party with that particularly grasping,
acquisitive form of mentality known as financial genius can
own a paper that is the intellectual meat and drink of thousands
of tired, hurried men, men too involved in the business of
modern living to swallow anything but predigested food. For
two cents the voter buys his politics, prejudices, and philosophy.
(Amory Blaine, in "This Side of Paradise")