Carl Bernstein, American journalist

The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism.

George Orwell, British writer

Political language — and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists — is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

Ryszard Kapuściński, Polish publicist and reporter

Since it was discovered that information is a commodity bringing fabulous profits, it has ceased to be subject to the traditional criteria of “true or false”. But it has now begun to report to the laws of market forces with their desire for a monopoly and boosting profits.