Lewis Lapham Rips Tim Russert: "A Spokesman For Power, Wealth, And Privilege"

07/07/2008 11:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The press was supposed to speak on behalf of the people. The new tradition is that the press speaks on behalf of the government." An example? "Tim Russert was a spokesman for power, wealth, and privilege," Lapham said. "That's why 1,000 people came to his memorial service. Because essentially he was a shill for the government. It didn't matter whether it was Democratic or Republican. It was for the status quo."

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